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FILM REFLECTIONS ONLINE WORKSHOP & FILM – with SHELLEY NIRO
Presents in partnership with Urban Shaman Gallery and Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque
The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw
Directed by Shelley Niro, 2019, Canada, 86 mins
Available to rent online July 17 – 31 from
Cinematheque at Home: www.winnipegcinematheque.com
Preview Trailer: https://vimeo.com/364824764
Still from Niro’s Film “The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw”
“Genre bending. There are intermittent scenes where Mitzi experiences the spirit world. It’s world that the film expresses through magic realism and futurism, which are always inherently welcome. Love the smooth transitions between those worlds.”
Paolo Kagaoan, In The Seats
“The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw has been in the making for many years,” says filmmaker Shelley Niro. “I wanted it to look at Indigenous Reserve life on a comical level. At the same time, I wanted it to be a realistic view. Mitzi Bearclaw is a young woman about to start her journey pursuing a creative path.”
Shelley Niro, (Art Gallery of Ontario)
The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw is the spiritual journey of a young Indigenous woman who wants to pursue her dream of designing hats but is driven to return home to the reserve on Owl Island to look after her ailing mother. As the year passes she develops confidence in her decisions helped out by spirit guides along the way. Morningstar Angeline gives a beautiful performance as a young Indigenous woman struggling with whether to follow her heart or care for her family.
Featuring an all star cast of great Indigenous performers: Morningstar Angeline (Longmire), Andrew Martin (Fire Song), Gail Maurice (Barkskins, The Rez), Billy Merasty (Indian Horse), Gary Farmer (Blood Quantum, Dead Man), Vance Banzo (Indian Horse), Ajuwak Kapasheit (Indian Horse) and Roseanne Supernault (Rhymes For Young Ghouls).
FILM REFLECTIONS WITH SHELLEY NIRO
ONLINE ZOOM WORKSHOP
Thursday, July 23rd | 5pm – 7pm | Zoom Session
Zoom Session Workshop with Shelley Niro
TO sign up contact: Karen Remoto at [email protected]
COST: $10.00- $30.00
Join us with acclaimed Mohawk multi-media artist and award winning filmmaker, Shelley Niro, as she discusses her six week production process for her second feature, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw. This workshop will address her transition in making experimental short films to her experience with creating narrative feature films. Shelley will touch on what artists and films influence her career, what themes she explores in her art and how important spirituality and humour are in shaping her future project.
BACKGROUND ON SHELLEY NIRO:
Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Her work involves photography, painting, bead work and film. Niro is conscious the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indigenous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relentlessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Photo series such as MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES, THIS LAND IS MIME LAND and M: STORIES OF WOMEN are a few of the genre of artwork. Films include: HONEY MOCCASIN, IT STARTS WITH A WHISPER, THE SHIRT, KISSED BY LIGHTNING and ROBERT’S PAINTINGS. Recently she finished her feature THE INCREDIBLE 25th YEAR OF MITZI BEARCLAW.
Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017 Niro received the Governor General’s Award For The Arts from the Canada Council, The Scotiabank Photography Award and also received the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Award.
Niro recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and Design University. She also was the 2019 Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography.
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery
203 – 290 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0T2