Check out the film trailer!
Upcoming Screenings: Check the schedule for broadcasts appearing in 2013 on APTN's Shortcuts, Thursdays at 8:30 pm
Canadian Film Studies Association annual conference, 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria - June 5, 12:00 pm, Bob Wright Centre, Room B119
Canadian Peace Research Association annual conference, 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria - June 6, 4:00 pm, MacLaurin Building, Room D101
In Post-Production: A short documentary about the making of This Time Last Winter edited by Matt Yim
Pahoa, Big Island of Hawaii, Friday, April 26, 7:00 pm
In the Minds of Beings was made to raise awareness and funds for the sacred site of Tsogyal Latso in Tibet and the small group of nuns living there. Jnanasukha, the film's producer, surpassed it's 2012 goal of $16,000 for the the Tsogyal Latso Fund and were able to offer Tsogyal Latso an annual living allowance of $500 for each nun ($7,000); $5,000 for a water purifier and installation of solar hot water and showers; $2,000 to the fund to build a long-term retreat center at Tsogyal Latso; fifteen high-quality pearl malas for the nuns’ spiritual practice, as requested by Ani Samten; dharma texts and ritual items; healthcare assistance in the form of a year's supply of vitamins and dietary supplements, a pharmacy of over-the-counter medications, and health education booklets in Tibetan.
Sarah developed and led the Engaging Media and Indigenous Youth project (EMIY), February through early April, 2013. EMIY used Indigenous film and video as a springboard to engage with Indigenous youth on issues of media literacy and Indigenous culture, to develop knowledge and skills in media awareness, Indigenous filmmaking, communication and critical thinking.
EMIY consisted of eight two-hour classes held once a week for young adults participating in the Road to Employment program at the Rainbow Youth Centre in North Central Regina. The grant for this project, from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Creative Partnerships program, provided homemade hot lunches for the students after each class as well as fees for all guests and films screened. Big thanks to guest filmmaker Dwayne Beaver who donated his speaking fee back to the Rainbow Youth Centre! And to Candy Fox and Matt Yim for assisting with the classes and documentation.
Listen to a podcast about EMIY! Trudy Stewart, Festival Director of mispon - A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking interviews Sarah Abbott and Candy Fox about EMIY.
Arts and Learning Award
Sarah is the 2012 recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award for Arts and Learning, in recognition of her filmmaking endeavors, innovative teaching methods, strong work ethic, ability to bridge cultures, commitment to empowering people and passion for communicating hard-hitting issues. Sarah is widely respected for her ambitious film projects, including Out In The Cold and This Time Last Winter, both of which have had far-reaching impacts on communities across Saskatchewan.
The Arts and Learning Award recognizes arts educators for excellence and innovation through their demonstrated commitment to arts education, innovative approaches to instruction, involvement in creative partnerships with artists or arts organizations, and/or engaging students in unique and challenging explorations of contemporary ideas through the arts.
Sarah Abbott's acceptance speech
Saskatchewan Arts Board announcement of recipients
University of Regina homepage announcement
Award recipient press release
Award shortlist press release
Digging into Wounds: Public Discussions on Aboriginal/Police Relations
Digging into Wounds: Public Discussions on Aboriginal/Police Relations is an insightful record of Regina and Saskatoon community members, along with the police chiefs of both cities, hashing out historical and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and Métis people and the Canadian justice system. The discussions took place following the Regina and Saskatoon premiere screenings of Out In The Cold.
Thanks to the Saskatchewan Filmpool for a Post-Production Grant to assist in completing the film!
Award for Innovation in the Arts
Sarah received the 2009 Regina Mayor’s Arts and Business Award for Innovation in the Arts for her production of Out In The Cold in recognition of the film’s connection to a wide range of community sectors through its educational process, community outreach and social awareness. Read the University of Regina press release.