Totally Indie Day
October 2, 2021
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
Detailing how indie creators guide their ambitious projects from the page to the screen, Totally Indie Day offers the next generation of filmmakers insights into how to employ both vision and resourcefulness. The one-day conference is an opportunity to share stories, gain insights, and learn more about the art and business of cinema.
In 2021, the conference will be presented in a hybrid format—with sessions taking place in-person at the VIFF Centre in Vancouver*, and livestreamed to online audiences.
*Please note: In-person events will all adhere to BC Provincial Health COVID-19 Guidelines. View the VIFF Centre’s Health and Safety Guidelines.
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the the making of Portraits From a Fire, the debut feature of Tŝilhqot’in filmmaker Trevor Mack. The film tells the story of a teenage boy on a reserve who fights through distorting realities as a family secret unravels. The film’s director, producer, cinematographer, and editor will share their experiences about the development, financing, and production of the feature, plus the importance of partnering the film’s key creatives with Indigenous talent.
She produced and/or directed the short dramas Shin-chi’s Canoe and Shi-shi-etko, the feature documentaries Path of Pilgrims and No Fun City, and the Canada Council/NFB experimental film Rangwang: Burning for Freedom.
In 2019, Kate produced the Telefilm feature, Portraits from a Fire. She is in development on a horror comedy, Red Wings, and a documentary about Canadian women’s wrestling legend Luna Vachon. Kate spent 2020 line producing five films at Reel One Entertainment and currently, she’s a line producer with Screen Siren Pictures.
Recently, he became the first openly gay Indigenous filmmaker to spearhead the 2020 iteration of the VIFF’s Catalyst Mentorship Program and curated the highly success #Indigeneity series for Reel Causes. His short This Bright Flash has screened at VIFF, FTQFF and in Mexico City. His other works include The Sound of You Collapsing & Musk. and Terror/Forming.
Award-winning director Jim Cummings (Thunder Road, The Wolf of Snow Hollow) is a multi-hyphenate, having worked pretty much every job one can on a film set. He is an expert on crowdfunding and self-distribution, collaborative approaches to team building, and employing great DIY strategies to getting an indie film off the ground. His latest film, The Beta Test, co-written/co-directed with PJ McCabe, is a comedy thriller about the packaging fight between the agencies and the Writers Guild of America.
Host: Albert ShinDirector, Together
Albert is also a co-founder of Timelapse Pictures, along with fellow filmmaker, Igor Drljaca. Through their banner, he’s produced many projects including Krivina, The Waiting Room, The Stone Speakers and The White Fortress. Together (2021) is his latest short film.
Ever driven by a film set and wonder, "who are all those people with walkie talkies?" The below-the-line (BTL) crew are involved with the day-to-day operations of getting a series made and are some of the most creative people on set! These are the folks turning the showrunners’ vision into a reality. Meet BTL talent from hit WarnerBros shows as we discuss some specific careers in the industry, their roles in a production, collaborations with departments, and opportunities for career advancement.
Photo by Chelsea Brown Photography
Photo by Colin Bentley
Host: Erika KumarProgram Manager, WarnerMedia Access to Action Canada
Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose latest feature, Cryptozoo, premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, won the NEXT Innovator Award, and continues to receive critical acclaim. The film features the voice talents of Lake Bell, Zoe Kazan, Michael Cera, and Louisa Krause, among others. We’re excited to hear Dash share his singular process of conceiving, writing, drawing, animating, voicing, and directing his psychedelic, groovy, and dazzling animated film, Cryptozoo.
From stories of immigration and spiritual journeys into the highlands of Harar to the drama of a young woman joining a scrap metal crew to pay for her education, our featured writers and directors have unique perspectives that speak to bigger issues. They’ve risen to the challenge of debuting their films in a disrupted marketplace, earned multiple awards, and garnered critical acclaim along the way. We’re thrilled to chat with them about their process in bringing their stories to the screen.
Nicole, an alum of the Sundance Feature Film Program, was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film. She previously adapted Soldier Girls for HBO with Julia Louis-Dreyfus executive producing, and Born on the Run for Focus Features. She is currently developing her second feature film, Dandelion.
Her forthcoming work includes a series regular role in Netflix’s The Chair, and a reprisal of her role in the Off-Broadway play Nollywood Dreams. Mensah was a staff writer on Season 2 of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and is currently staff writing on Amazon’s The Power. She also co-wrote and co-starred in Season 2 of Netflix’s Bonding.