Everyone likes to laugh, especially in the middle of a long winter. In many Aboriginal cultures, winter is the time for stories and sharing. Come share a sweet, funny, silly yet thought-provoking afternoon of short films that we made, plus others we admire for their unique humour.
We are especially proud of the short films made by children about what they find funny or what simply makes them smile. The Smiling Kids’ Media Lab brought together Aboriginal film professional mentors with children to collaborate in the making of short videos. The afternoon will also showcase short films we found near and far that bring to life Aboriginal humour in living colour. And we invite you – the audience - to share a funny story or funny, family-friendly joke in an interactive afternoon.
So if you want to laugh, guffaw, giggle or just cheer the work of future and established filmmakers, then join us at the Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby Street at 2:30pm on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
This is the fifth event in a series of seven that explores Aboriginal Humour in Aboriginal Media. Programmed by award-winning filmmaker and writer Loretta Todd, who believes the truth might make you smile.
The series complements the exhibition co-curated by Peter Morin and Dr. Martine Reid, Carrying on “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, at the Bill Reid Gallery September 12, 2012 - March 17, 2013.
The mentors for the Smiling Kids’ Media Lab are hip-hop stylist Ostwelve (Ron Dean Harris) and media mogul Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, two emerging media stars with lots to say and with lots of respect for our children and their dreams.
Presented by the Bill Reid Gallery with support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Face The World Foundation, SFU Vancouver, and SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
Image courtesy Christopher Auchter and the Cree App project