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Stories Are in Our Bones

Janine Windolph
2019 | 11 min 17 s

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  • Official SelectionSan Francisco American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, California (2019)


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Janine Windolph
Filmmaker
Biography
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Photo : Candy Fox


Janine Windolph

Janine Windolph is a filmmaker, educator, and storyteller based in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she works as curator of community engagement at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. She teaches beading, visual arts, photography, filmmaking, writing, storytelling, and Indigenous symbols in schools, libraries, and non-profits.

Janine’s film work includes Lifegivers: Honouring Our Elders and Children (director/writer/narrator), Diom (producer/director), Braided Histories (producer/director), The Land of Rock and Gold (co-writer/co-director/co-producer), and From Up North (producer). She recently completed Stories Are in Our Bones with the National Film Board (director/writer/narrator) and appears as a storyteller in Stories of Qu’Appelle Valley.

Janine co-directed and co-produced RIIS from Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies, a feature-length documentary that explores the legacy of the Regina Indian Industrial School and its cemetery, which spawned a movement that led to the site’s official heritage designation. She co-produced About a Boy, I Remember (music video) and Dancing the Space Inbetween.  Janine is vice-chair of Common Weal and chair of Reconciliation Regina, and is a jury member for Creative Kids Saskatchewan for SaskCulture.

 


Jon Montes
Producer (NFB)
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Jon Montes

Based in Winnipeg, Jon has been a producer with the NFB’s North West Studio since 2016, working on themes of social justice, identity, and culture with filmmakers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. His projects include the short documentaries Stories Are in Our Bones (Janine Windolph), Talking at Night (Eric Thiessen), To Wake Up the Nakota Language (Louise BigEagle), and Ride (Kristin Catherwood), the last three produced through the Doc Lab Saskatchewan project. Additionally, the short docs Breaths (Nyla Innuksuk) and Music in the Prairie Night (Mike Maryniuk) were produced for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. As associate producer with the NFB in St. John’s and Montreal, his work included the feature docs Gun Runners (Hot Docs 2016) and Danny (Hot Docs 2015), the animated short 54 Hours, the interactive documentary Bubble Dancers, and the 10th and 11th editions of the acclaimed Hothouse animation mentorship program.


Coty Savard
Associate producer
Biography
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Coty Savard

Coty Savard is a Cree/Métis producer who’s been working with the National Film Board’s North West Studio since 2018. Her NFB credits include Lake, a short documentary directed by artist/filmmaker Alexandra Lazarowich that premiered at Hot Docs in 2019, and the re-release of Loon Lake, a lesser-known work of the NFB’s historic Indian Film Crew that’s now recognized as an important instance of early Indigenous cinema.

Prior to joining the NFB, Savard worked as an associate producer for Mosaic Entertainment, where her credits included Delmer & Marta and Tiny Plastic Men. Other credits include Peace River Rising and The Things We Taught Our Daughters.

Savard has directed and produced work for CBC Short Docs and CBC Arts, and has been a key contributor to The Amiskwaciy History Series, an initiative dedicated to telling the Indigenous histories of the Edmonton area.


David Christensen
Executive Producer (NFB)
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David Christensen

David Christensen is an Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He manages the North West Studio, which oversees NFB documentary, animation, and interactive production in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Recent films from the North West Studio include Tasha Hubbard’s “We Will Stand Up”, “Supreme Law” directed by Katerina Cizek, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s “Angry Inuk”, “ WALL”, directed by Cam Christiansen, and “Metamorphosis”, directed by Nova Ami and Velcro Ripper. In total, the NWS has about 25-30 projects in development and production at any one time.

Credits

La Ronge, northern Saskatchewan
Treaty 6 Territory

Written and Directed by
Janine Windolph

With the participation of
Bruce McKenzie
Marian Otter
Corwyn Windolph-Turtle
Dawlari Windolph

Associate producer
Coty Savard

Producer
Jon Montes

Executive producer
David Christensen

Director of photography
Patrick McLaughlin

Editing
Conor McNally

Sound design and music
Anita Lubosch

Location sound recording
Tim Bender

Additional cinematography
Candy Fox

Cultural awareness training
Marian Otter

Guides
Jim Searson
Bruce McKenzie

Narration sound recording
Dmitri Bandet

Assistant editing
Marc Greene

Transcription
Lori Heath

Technical coordination
Luc Binette

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Online editing
Tony Wytinck

Recording & re-recording
Bruce Little

Thanks
Tammy Cook-Searson
Courtney Fiske
Ed Lavallee
Hans Olson
Jhaik Windy Hair

Filmed in part on location and with the permission of the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture, and Sport at Lac La Ronge Provincial Park.

Studio operations manager
Darin Clausen

Administrator
Bree Beach
Devon Supeene

Production coordinator
April Dunsmore
Faye Yoneda

Production supervisor
Esther Viragh

Marketing manager
Leslie Stafford

Legal counsel
Christian Pitchen

Executive director for English program
Michelle Van Beusekom

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
© 2019

 

 



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