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“Naskumituwin” Heritage Minute

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About The Breath was hired on to work with Historica Canada to make two Heritage Minutes. Director Shane Belcourt and Producer Michelle St. John worked closely with screenwriter Joseph Campbell to bring these challenging issues into one-minute education spots. Synopsis The making of Treaty 9 from the perspective of historical witness George Spence, an 18-year-old [...]

“Wenjack” Heritage Minute

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About The Breath was hired on to work with Historica Canada to make two Heritage Minutes. Director Shane Belcourt and Producer Michelle St. John worked closely with screenwriter Joseph Campbell to bring these challenging issues into one-minute education spots.   Synopsis This "synopsis" is from a Vice review A glimpse into the horrors enacted on [...]

Apikiwiyak

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About Although the film works as a stand-alone short film, it was original conceived as a special presentation piece at the 2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Since the festival was celebrating their 15th year they wanted to do something special as a dedication to “Storytellers”. From the 2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts [...]

Urban Native Girl

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ABOUT Urban Native Girl is a 13-part half-hour POV documentary series for APTN that will make it’s broadcast premiere in June 2016 (exact schedule details to come). After series co-creators Lisa Charleyboy and Shane Belcourt pitch the series at the Banff World Media Festival in 2012, they went on to a development deal with APTN, [...]

Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life

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About This 2016 CSA-Nominated and 2015 CSC Award-Winning one-hour performance arts documentary, is a stunning journey into Iroquoian teachings on love, life, community, and spirit, as expressed through dance (both traditional and modern). Kaha:wi - The Cycle of Life was an original dance show created by award-winning Mohawk dancer and choreographer Santee Smith that was [...]

A Common Experience

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About  This short film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Not Short on Talent” Telefilm Program, was a collaboration between director Shane Belcourt and playwright Yvette Nolan. This visual poetic short film was realized with the key collaboration of Cinematographer Daniel Grant and Production Designer David Hannan. Shot on Six Nations, this [...]

Tkaronto

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About In 2007 The Breath's debut feature film, Tkaronto, made it's world premiere at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada. As the Closing Night film it played to a sold out audience and quickly was sold to Kinosmith for distribution. Shortly thereafter it toured various films festivals picking up Directing Awards and [...]

Keeping Quiet

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About From time to time at The Breath, Shane and Jordan will lament that too many projects and productions are tied up in various stages of pre-production and financing. And that’s a real part of the filmmaking cycle. In the lulls, there are short ideas that pop up and are written onto the corners of [...]