Our neighbour imagineNATIVE recently announced the recipient of their annual mentorship and it’s non other than … (enter drumroll here please) … Adrienne Marcus Raja! Congratulations Adrienne! We are so happy for Adrienne as she has been a long time volunteer with Reel Asian for the last few years as an editor for some of the festival video blog entries seen at our youtube channel.
imagineNATIVE’s first collaborative commissioning mentorship was presented in partnership with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Almost a decade later, imagineNATIVE and LIFT have the pleasure of announcing Toronto-based Kelabit artist Adrienne Marcus Raja as the recipient of our ninth annual mentorship. The LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship offers an Indigenous artist living in the GTA the opportunity to expand their practice into the realm of film. Adrienne will be enrolled in LIFT’s seasonal workshops, be paired with a suitable mentor, be provided with access to LIFT’s production and post-production equipment, and receive additional financial and resource support from imagineNATIVE and mentorship partners, Kodak (www.kodak.ca) and Technicolor (www.technicolor.com), to complete a film for premiere at the 2013 Festival.
“LIFT is pleased to be working with Adrienne on a film for imagineNATIVE 2013,” says Chris Kennedy, LIFT’s Executive Director. “Adrienne’s practice incorporates a broad range of contemporary art-making, but carries a unique and engaging voice. We’re excited to see how she translates her vision to the film medium. We’re expecting an exciting project and look forward to working with her in its realization.”
Congratulations again Adrienne, and I can’t wait to see your film at imagineNATIVE!