Initiative For Indigenous Futures

an Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace production

AbTeC Machinima Workshop – imagiNATIVE 2010

  • Location: Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Toronto ON
  • Date: October 21st – 22nd, 2010
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Instructors: Skawennati, Jason Edward Lewis, Nancy Elizabeth Townsend

Overview: At the 11th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2010), eight Indigenous youth had the opportunity to collaboratively produce short films using machinima (“machine”+”cinema”), a technique of movie making in online virtual environments where characters and locations can be produced and recorded. With the assistance of Skawennati, Jason Edward Lewis and Nancy-Elizabeth Townsend of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the youth created three short reenactments of their favourite film or video clips using the “Second Life” virtual environment.

Juice. 2010.

by Cecily Jacko, Jared Robillard, & Tanis Desjarlais

This is based on a scene from the 1992 Thriller/Drama film titled Juice

Fantastic Mr. Fox. 2010.

by Amanda Strong & Brad Ladouceur

This is Based on a scene from the 2009 Adventure/Comedy film titled Fantastic Mr. Fox

Sock it to Me. 2010.

by Judith Schuyler, Eva Rose Tabobondong, and Joan Mendowegan

This is based on the music video of “Sock it to Me” from Missy Elliot’s Supa Dupa Fly Album released in 1997.


Nia:wen to the participants and to the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) for their assistance with this workshop.