The Short Films of Shane Belcourt & Tkaronto

Belcourt’s Shorts: From Pookums to Solo Bass
Thursday, January 14 at 7:00PM (introduced by Shane Belcourt)
Winnipeg Cinematheque
Free Admission

Shorts Include:
Keeping Quiet
Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s poem of the same name, it’s an exploration of the “sadness of never understanding ourselves” played out in the Classified section of the dating world/

Pookums
A woman takes an easy job house sitting, taking care of a beloved dog, Pookums, what could possibly go wrong?

Portraits of Aboriginal Leaders
In 2006 Shane was asked to make 14 short biography films on Aboriginal leaders for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards show. Though they are short documentaries, each of these films provides an intimate look into the hearts and minds of these extraordinary leaders:
Alestine Andre – Culture, Heritage and Spirituality
Berth Clark Jones – Lifetime
Joan Cardinal Schubert – Artist
Joe Michel – Education
Dr. Joe Couture – Health

The Squeeze Box
A hitman hires a mute accordian player to be his real-life soundtrack.

Solo Bass
An independent musician grapples with the reason to create avant-garde solo bass music. I mean, when’s the last time you didn’t talk through the bass solo at a jazz concert?

Tkaronto
Friday, January 15 at 7:00PM (introduced by Shane Belcourt)
Saturday, January 16 at 7:00PM
Sunday, January 17 at 7:00PM
Winnipeg Cinematheque

Shane Belcourt’s multi-award winning Tkaronto was the closing night film at the 2007 imagiNATIVE Film and Video Festival and won the Best Director Award at the Dreamspeaker Festival. A provocative exploration of two Aboriginal thirty-somethings’ caught in the urban crossroads, Ray and Jolene discover an unexpected connection when their paths’ cross in Tkaronto (the original Mohawk word for Toronto). Ray, a Métis writer, has come to Toronto to pitch his TV series, Indian Jones, which is promising to be the big break Ray needs, especially with a pregnant girlfriend back home. Jolene, a Los-Angeles-based Anishnabe painter, is passing through Toronto to conduct an interview with a prominent elder, Max (played by Corner Gas’s Lorne Cardinal) and is suddenly taken aback when Max presents her with an eagle feather, an honour that she feels unworthy of.

As Ray faces his ambivalence about impending fatherhood and the prospect of selling his material to ignorant TV Execs, Jolene grapples with self-doubt and struggles to finish her interviews with Max. An attraction between them develops as both are drawn together by a mutual search for meaning in their urban existence.

For Jolene and Ray home feels very far away. But through their chance meeting they reveal their hopes, dreams, fears and failures and realize their common struggle: to stake claim to their urban aboriginal identity.

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~ by cineflyer on January 13, 2010.

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