imagineNATIVE launches ‘mini-lab’ for producers

Michelle Latimer (pictured) and two others have been selected to take part in the inaugural lab for Indigenous film producers.

michelle latimerThe imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has revealed the names of the three producers selected to participate in its inaugural Canadian Indigenous Film Producer Mini-Lab.

The three producers selected for the lab, which will run from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, are Michelle Latimer (pictured), Cara Mumford and Jeremy Torrie. The program aims to hone the skills and expand the knowledge base of up-and-coming Canadian Indigenous producers.

The producers will receive mentorship from filmmaker Heather Rae, and participate in a series of half-day sessions where Rae will talk about her own projects and experiences, and share best practices for the creation and financing of content. The sessions will be moderated by producer Paula Devonshire.

Mumford’s credits heading into the lab include the short When It Rains, a one-minute film commissioned as part of imagineNATIVE’s 2012 Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative. Writer, producer and director Torrie’s credits include 2003′s Cowboys and Indians: The Killing of JJ Harper, which earned six Gemini noms, Path of Souls and the doc The Psychopath Next Door. Latimer’s previous projects include the shorts The Underground, Nimmikaage and Alias.