Seeking Bimaadiziiwin

Nov 21, 2010   //   by admin   //   Fiction Film

Seeking Bimaadiziiwin

Drama (2007) 32 min., Super 16mm

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Winner of six awards including Best Live Action Short at the 32nd American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, Seeking Bimaadiziiwin is a story about the resiliency of Native youth in the face of struggle. Featuring a cast of almost all first-time actors this film will surely move you.

The story begins on a remote First Nation Reserve in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, where family problems and the death of a close friend push Kaitlyn into a deep depression. Following a suicide attempt and medivac to the city, she unfortunately finds herself in group therapy with three other Anishinawbe youth. Though they are all Native, differences in backgrounds and personal struggles seem to be sure to keep them all strangers. However, as each tells their story they begin to find strength and support in each other. Kaitlyn grows through building these new relationships and even connecting with her traditional culture. However, a new series of losses continue to make Kaitlyn’s recovery uncertain.

This film deals with the tough issues of depression, suicide and racism. It was originally intended for therapeutic use with Anishinabek youth clients to encourage participation in group therapy and to spark discussion about these critical issues. It also serves to illustrate the diversity within modern Anishinawbek culture (Northwestern Ontario, Canada) and to point out that different healing and spiritual approaches.

Conceived by psychiatrist Dr. Paul Mulzer, this community film project was penned by front-line social worker Michelle Derosier of Eagle Lake First Nation (co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures who also plays Bonnie in the film) and was shot on Super 16mm film for maximum production value. It has won multiple awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Seeking Bimaadiziiwin is a co-production of Thunderstone Pictures and Shebandowan Films and was co-directed by Kelly Saxberg and Dave Clement (who doubled as Cinematographer). It features an original score by the talented Rob Spade and was made by an all-Thunder Bay crew.



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AWARDS / Festivals

WINNER, Best Live Action Short Film 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, California, USA
WINNER, Best Film, 2008 Algoma International Film Association Awards
WINNER, Best Film, 2008 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
WINNER, Best Director, 2008 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
WINNER, Best Cinematography, 2008 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
WINNER, 1st Place, People’s Choice Award, Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Nominated, Best Short Film, 2007 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Selected Film Festival Screenings

American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, California
Native Revolution Film Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Heard Museum Film Festival, Phoenix, Arizona
Native Revolution Film Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
International Rights Protection Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine
Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Dawson City, Yukon
Weenebeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Moose Factory, Ontario
Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Sami Film Festival, Guovdageaidnu, Norway
Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Aotearora, New Zealand
Talking Stick Film and Storytelling Festival, Sante Fe, New Mexico