April 6, 2016
Elle-Máijá is Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She was recently presented with the 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker and her most recent short Bihttoš (which received part of its grant funding from the BC Arts Council) was included in the 2014 TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Seattle International Film Festival. She was nominated for a 2015 Leo award for her performance in Not Indian Enough and she was also recently included in the CBC list “Indigenous Youth Leaders: 5 Under 30 to Watch in 2015.”
Her Filmography includes:
- Bihttoš (2014, 14 min, documentary, Canada/Norway), which was a commission by the imagineNATIVE Film Festival. Tailfeathers wrote, directed and produced this unique documentary. Tailfeathers was also one of two camera operators. The film won the TIFF Canadian Top Ten Shorts in 2014 and the Seattle International Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short.
- Hurry Up, You Stupid Cripple (2013, 10 min, documentary, Canada) was co-directed by Tailfeathers with Gitx’san filmmaker Terreane Derrick.
- Colonial Gaze: The Sámi Artists’ Collective (2012, 10 min, mockumentary, Norway/Sweden) During a 10-day artists’ residency, Tailfeathers Co-Directed this offbeat and cunning mockumentary about the politics of Sámi arts, culture, and identity. (w/ Marja Bål Nango)
- A Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012, 10 min, drama, Canada) A winner in the Vancouver Crazy8s Competition, this film was made in 8-days with $1000. Tailfeathers wrote and directed this groundbreaking short for which she was the Canada Council Aboriginal Media Arts Grant Recipient 2013-2014, Feature-length Screenplay. The film won numerous awards in 2012 and 2013, including: Winner in the 2012 Crazy8s Film Competition; Awarded Best Canadian Short Drama, ImagineNATIVE Film Festival (2012); Best Live Action Short Nomination, The American Indian Motion Picture Awards (2012); Kodak Image Award, The Vancouver Women in Film Festival (2013); Legacy Filmworks Award- 2nd Place, The Vancouver Women in Film Festival (2013); Best Narrative Short- Class X South West American Indian Art Market (2013); People’s Choice Award- Bay Street Film Festival (2013); First Place Professional Narrative- Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival (2013).
- Bloodland (2011, 4 min, experimental, Canada) Made with an entirely Indigenous cast & crew on a shoe-string budget, Tailfeathers wrote, directed, produced, and edited this visceral experimental short.
Location and Time
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public
Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, Women in Film (Augsburg College)
For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at firstname.lastname@example.org. Permits are limited in number. For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:
Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg College, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454