Monday, September 16, 2019

Bretten Hannam: FIN Special Program Featured Filmmaker Countdown

Filmmaker, Bretten Hannam is one of five NSTT scholarship recipients featured in our special partnership program with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Then, Now, Change: Visions of Nova Scotia curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee. 

Two of his films will be featured in the program:

E’sekati (2017)
The shores of E'sekati (Lunenburg) have seen 11,000 years of human life, love, struggle, and change. Hannam weaves shalan joudry’s poem about this special place into the waves and trees and rock.

Deep End (2011)
When Dane’s older brother comes out of the closet, Dane’s loyalty and principles are tested.

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane,
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

As described on Wildfire's website, which is screening in the festival's Atlantic Shorts Gala, Bretten Hannam is a Two-Spirit filmmaker of Mi'kmaw, Ojibwe, and Scottish ancestry living in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) where he was raised. His films deal with themes of community, culture, language, and tradition with a focus on Two-Spirit and LGBTQ identity. He co-wrote the short CHAMPAGNE which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015 he wrote and directed a Telefilm Micro-budget feature, NORTH MOUNTAIN, a Two-Spirit thriller, which won Best Original Score at the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature. He is a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, and the CFC writer’s Lab. Brett regularly teaches writing and directing workshops at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, and in Mi’kmaw communities across Nova Scotia. In 2017 he was selected as one of six filmmakers in Canada to attend the Whistler Film Festival’s Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship.

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