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Inconvenient Indian

Michelle Latimer
2020 | 90 min
English, Inuktitut, Cree and Anishinaabemowin with English subtitles

Selections and Awards

  • People’s Choice Award for Documentary and Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian FeatureTIFF, Toronto International Film Festival (2020)

  • Official Selection Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2020)


1-Liner and 2-Liner text


Long Synopsis


Q&A with director Michelle Latimer

Teaser 30 sec

Clip #1: Custer’s Latest Stand

Clip #2: Dead Indians

Clip #3: Kent Monkman “The Scream”

Clip #4: Braiding Seal

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Team


Michelle Latimer
Filmmaker
Biography
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Photo : Hayden Wolf


Michelle Latimer

Michelle Latimer is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and activist. She is currently showrunning and directing the scripted series Trickster (Sienna Films/Streel Films/CBC), and has just completed production on the feature doc Inconvenient Indian (90th Parallel Productions/National Film Board of Canada/Crave), an adaptation of Thomas King’s book. In 2016, Michelle chronicled the Standing Rock occupation protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, as part of the eight-part Indigenous resistance series RISE (Viceland), for which she was also the showrunner and director. RISE was awarded the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program in 2018. Her short film Nuuca (Field of Vision) premiered at TIFF 2017 and screened at the 2018 Sundance and Berlin film festivals. In 2020, Michelle was named the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs and was awarded the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award, a prize given to five international filmmakers for their work in social-justice filmmaking. She was also a 2018 Field of Vision Fellow, under the mentorship of acclaimed filmmaker Laura Poitras. Michelle’s mixed heritage informs her filmmaking perspective, and much of her work is dedicated to the pursuit of Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Michelle is of Algonquin, Metis and French heritage from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (Maniwaki) QC.   She grew in Thunder Bay, Ontario and currently splits her time between there and Toronto, Canada.

 


Stuart Henderson
Producer (90th Parallel Productions)
Biography
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Stuart Henderson

Stuart Henderson is President of 90th Parallel Productions, Ltd, a leading Canadian documentary film company. A creative producer, Henderson is currently overseeing a slate of projects, ranging from hour-long broadcasts to anthology series to feature-length films. He is currently the lead producer on the feature films Inconvenient Indian (Michelle Latimer, 2020), Baby Boycott (Vicki Lean, 2021), and Hippie Highrise (Bruce McDonald, 2021). Stuart is executive producer of a documentary series about global threats starring Jay Baruchel, and the feature documentary Food for the Rest of Us (Caroline Cox, 2021). Recently produced award-winning films include The Skin We’re In (Charles Officer, 2017); Be Afraid: The Science of Fear (Roberto Verdecchia, 2019); My First 150 Days (Diana Dai, 2017); and Invisible Essence: The Little Prince (Charles Officer, 2019). A well-regarded freelance music and film critic, Stuart is a former editor for Exclaim! magazine and PopMatters.com, and has served on the Polaris Prize jury for over a decade. He also has a Ph.D. in cultural history from Queen’s University and has held postdoctoral fellowships at York and McMaster universities. Stuart is the author of the multiple-award-winning book Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s (University of Toronto Press, 2011).


Justine Pimlott
Producer
Biography
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Justine Pimlott

Justine Pimlott is a multi-award-winning producer based at the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio in Toronto. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, she has a long history of bringing stories that are often marginalized to the screen.

Her NFB credits include: A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017); the Canada 150 interactive project Portrait of a Family (2017); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018, Hot Docs 2018 DGC Special Jury Prize Best for Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Film, CSA nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary); Camera Test – Five Feminist Minutes (Hot Docs 2019); numerous Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards shorts; the online LGBTQ2+ short doc series, Five @ 50 (2019); Borealis (Hot Docs 2020); and Inconvenient Indian (2020).


Jesse Wente
Producer
Biography
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Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is an Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, speaker and arts leader. Born and raised in Toronto, he is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. Jesse is best known for his 24 years as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Jesse spent 11 years with the Toronto International Film Festival, the last seven as the director of film programmes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Jesse is currently co-producing his first film, a screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he has spoken at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, the Cultural Summit of the Americas, and numerous Universities and Colleges. In November 2018 Jesse delivered the annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2017 he was named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award and received the Association of Ontario Health Centres Media Award for 2018.  Jesse has served on the board of directors of the Toronto Arts Council, The ImagineNative Film and Media Festival and Native Earth Performing Arts. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Canada Council for the Arts. Jesse is currently working on his first book for Penguin Random House Canada. Jesse was named the first Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office in February 2018.


Gordon Henderson
Executive Producer (90th Parallel Productions)
Biography
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Gordon Henderson

Gordon Henderson has written, directed or produced more than one hundred films, many of which have aired around the world and won national and international awards. He began his career as a political reporter, then moved to current affairs production with the CBC’s The Journal and CTV’s W5, where he was the senior field producer. He started 90th Parallel Productions in 1987. Gordon was the senior producer of the celebrated documentary CBC series Canada: A People’s History. For more than a decade he was an instructor in the Journalism department at Toronto’s Ryerson University. His novel, Man in the Shadows, about the assassination of D’Arcy McGee, was published by HarperCollins in 2014.

 


Anita Lee
Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) where she helms the programming and production of Ontario projects including Canadian and international co-productions, and forges key strategic partnerships. A multi-award-winning producer, Lee produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. The Apology was awarded a Peabody in 2019 and a 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton. Recent projects as Executive Producer include: Stateless; The Book of Distance (Sundance 2020); This is not a Movie (TIFF 2019); What is Democracy (TIFF 2018); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018, Hot Docs Jury Prize Best Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Top Ten Film, CSA nominee for Best Feature Documentary); Unarmed Verses (Hot Docs 2017 Best Canadian Feature Documentary, TIFF Top Ten, CSA nomination for Best Feature Documentary); A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017, Doc NYC 2017) and Draw Me Close (Tribeca, Venice 2017).  Lee established NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab which partnered with the CFC and Ford Foundation on Open ImmersionVR, Creative Doc VR Lab with National Theatre (UK), and Otherly, a non-fiction Instagram Stories Lab in partnership with POV Spark (PBS). Lee is the Founder /Advisory Chair of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Credits

DIRECTOR
Michelle Latimer

PRODUCERS
Stuart Henderson
Justine Pimlott
Jesse Wente

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Gordon Henderson
Anita Lee

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Chris Romeike

EDITOR
Katie Chipperfield

MUSIC COMPOSER
Brennan Mercer

SOUND DESIGNER
Brennan Mercer

NARRATOR
Thomas King

SCREENWRITER
Michelle Latimer

Inspired by the book by: Thomas King

A 90th Parallel Productions and National Film Board of Canada Co-Production

Produced in association with 
CRAVE (a division of Bell Media) and APTN.

Produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada,
the Rogers Documentary Fund,
the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program, and Ontario Creates,
with the assistance of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund.

2020

 



  • About 90th Parallel Productions

    90th Parallel Productions produces premium documentaries which focus on history, science, the arts, and social issues. 90th’s documentaries have run on all major Canadian networks and been broadcast around the world. Many have won national and international awards.

    The company was founded by journalist and current affairs producer Gordon Henderson in 1987. Historian and cultural commentator Stuart Henderson joined as a producer in 2014, and has since expanded the company’s vision.

    www.90thparallel.ca

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer of creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and immersive experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced over 300 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers—an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. Guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the NFB is implementing an action plan with commitments that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making these works more accessible via Indigenous Cinema, a new destination on NFB.ca, and its apps for mobile devices.

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