March 24, 2009
Todd to present annual Driver Lecture, serve as filmmaker-in-residence
Loretta Sarah Todd
The following lecture has been cancelled.
LYNCHBURG – Randolph College’s annual Driver Lecture will feature the Métis/Cree filmmaker, Loretta Sarah Todd, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the public Driver Lecture, Todd will also participate as a Filmmaker-in-Residence, delivering guest classroom lectures and mentoring student filmmakers. A screening of Todd’s film, Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On, will be offered April 2 at 7 p.m.
Todd, who is from Vancouver, is known for films featuringlyrical, expressionistic imagery combined with strong storytelling elements and documentary conventions.
The events are free and open to the public.
Todd’s works have been featured in festivals including: Toronto International Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, Sundance Festival, Yamagata Documentary Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, Hot Docs, Vancouver Film Festival, and the Chicago Film Festival. Other significant honors for her work include a Rockefeller Fellowship and participation at the Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab, as well as numerous awards.
Most recently Todd is known for the creating, developing, and producing a children’s series that combines, animation, storytelling, music videos, games, and adventures – all in the service of learning the Cree language. Tansi! Nehiyawetan is in its second season with the Aboriginal People’s Television Network.
In demand as a writer and lecturer on arts and media, Todd has also been a featured speaker at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian, and the World Cultures Department of UCLA. Her essays appear in many publications from MIT Press to UBC Press.
Recently, Todd created the Aboriginal Media Lab, in partnership with First Nations Studies Department at the University of British Columbia.
Her selected credits include:
Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa- The People Go On (2003) (stills)
Today is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George (1999)
Forgotten Warriors (1997)
No More Secrets (1996)
Hands of History (1994)
The Learning Path (1991)
The Circle (short drama writer) (1991)
Chronicles of Pride (1990)
Day-Glo Warrior (short drama writer) (1990)
Public Events at Randolph College
Thursday, April 2
Screening of Todd’s film, Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On (2003, National Film Board of Canada) 70 minutes
A documentary that explores land, memory, and the knowledge of the Kainai, or Blood, people in Alberta, using as a catalyst the repatriation of Kainai artifacts of which only recently have been held in museums. The film's experimental elements highlight its concerns with First Nations history, governance, and survival, and the living culture.
Tuesday, April 7
Driver Lecture by Loretta Sarah Todd
“Strong Words/Strong Images: First Nations Cinema”
Todd will screen clips from her films and discuss the process of telling stories and histories of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Known for their lyrical, expressionistic imagery combined with strong storytelling elements and documentary conventions, Todd’s films have been featured at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Vancouver Film Festival. Reception to follow.
The “Sara Driver ’77 Digital Filmmaking Course and Lecture Series” is funded by Martha (Lou) Miller Driver ’50.
For more information, please contact Brenda Edson, strategic commu