In the diverse world of storytelling there are sometimes a few who buck the conventional trends. Dana Claxton is one such storyteller. Her highly diverse career includes documentaries, TV story segments and corporate videos; yet in the eyes of international art critics, Claxton's best work is in the area of experimental film and video art. In recognition of her contributions to contemporary art in Vancouver, she received the prestigious VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Dana... [see more] Claxton is of mixed heritage and Lakota Sioux descent. Although she lives and works in Vancouver, she grew up in Saskatchewan. She is committed to cross-cultural dialogue that enhances interactions between indigenous people and others and that fosters understanding and respect.
We have selected our subjects from a diverse range of filmmakers, writers, directors and performing artists who are pioneers of Indigenous cinema and television. Many of the artists featured in the series have focused at least part of their lives on the Aboriginal narrative and in the process are creating an impact on world screen culture. The Storytellers are from all parts of Canada and New Zealand. THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION: IS THERE AN INDIGENOUS VOICE IN MAINSTREAM CINEMA?