Red Riot

Co-presented with imagineNATIVE and Trans-Film Screening-Series
Mon Oct 22 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema, 102 Ross North

***All events are free and taking place on the York University Keele campus

RED RIOT confronts the systemic effects of patriarchy, from issues of violence towards Aboriginal women to gender-based oppression happening on our campus. Each short whilst acknowledging trauma, conveys a defiant spirit:


imagineNATIVE’s Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative

Your courage will not go unnoticed – Angela Sterritt
Snare – Lisa Jackson
When It Rains – Cara Mumford
Like It Was Yesterday – Jesse Gouchey & Xstine Cook

The Man from Venus – James Diamond
Akin – Chase Joynt
Genderlines – Amee Lê
Vigil 5.4 – Rebecca Belmore & Paul Wong
A Red Girl’s Reasoning – Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Total running time: 55:30


Facilitator: Audrey Huntley
Panelists: Jesse Gouchey, James Diamond, Chase Joynt, Deidre (D-Lishus) Walton, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (via Skype)

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, imagineNATIVE presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival’s programming, cultural & social events, and Industry Series attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.


Trans-Film Screening-Series hosts free monthly showings; presenting works created by, featuring, or dealing with issues of, trans communities. The project fosters both a social and political space, both a celebratory and critical resistance space. It brings isolated and diverse communities together while using film as an educational and advocacy tool to build awareness and incite action. It celebrates trans voices, experiences, and expressions while challenging dominant media representations. The films are an entry point for people to socialize, have fun, network, learn, share, get inspired, create, take action, and build community.

Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative‘s common theme is artistically reflecting and responding to issues of violence towards Aboriginal women and the over 500 unsolved missing and murdered women in Canada, and to present these as strong, loved and valued members of their communities.


Angela Sterritt (Gitxsan/Lax Gibu) is a visual artist and journalist. She apprenticed Northwest Coast carving under Nisga’a master carver Henry McKay, and began making carving tools under Stölo Artist Dave Jack as a teen. Sterritt is currently working as a journalist for CBC North programming in Yellowknife, NWT.


Cara Mumford (Métis/Chippewa Cree) has written, directed and edited several short films. Her spoken word dance film December 6 premiered at imagineNATIVE 2011. Cara pitched her feature film concept Endangered Hero at imagineNATIVE in 2008 and is currently developing it through Telefilm.


Lisa Jackson (Anishnaabe) expanded from her documentary background into fiction with Savage, which went on to win the 2011 Genie for Best Live Action Short and was commissioned as part of imagineNATIVE’s Embargo Collective in 2009. She recently completed Parkdale as part of the CFC Director Training program.


Jesse Gouchey (Cree) grew up drawing and sketching as a hobby early in life, which evolved to contemporary street art and graffiti. Jesse combined this practice with animation training in Quickdraw Animation’s Aboriginal Youth Animation Project to create 2011’s Spirit of the Bluebird, the multi-award winning film.


Xstine Cook is a mask and puppet maker and experimental theatre artist for over 20 years, she now includes film making in her art practice. She co-directed with Jesse Gouchey the award-winning Spirit of the Bluebird, which has screened at over 30 festivals worldwide.

The Man From Venus is a true glimpse into one man’s continuous mental processing. A dialog which tends to reflect and deflect a generalized public perspective that is designed to dictate humanity.


James Diamond is a director, producer, writer, and a mentor in the fields of communications and multi-media. He has directed numerous award-winning films. His film Mars-Womb-Man won the Best Experimental work at imagineNATIVE in 2006. Currently, James is working as an editor, and has had such clients such as the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian.

Akin marks the first creative collaboration between Toronto-based artist Chase Joynt (Everyday to Stay) and NYC-based filmmaker Brooke Sebold (Red Without Blue). With haunting suburban visuals backed by the rich sounds of Toronto based-band Ohbijou, Akin powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.


Chase Joynt is a transgender filmmaker, performer and writer. He makes a variety of non-fiction work in print and moving image media which is oft grounded in his own experiences, with the hopes of expanding the ways in which trans people are characterized and portrayed in art and other media forms. He is also in the PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies at York. For other references to his work, feel free to check out

Genderlines sprang from an initiative by the Centre for Women and Trans People at York University that sought to confront the unceasing gender violence on York campus. It attempts to address the systemic aspects of gender violence and offer strategies around building a safer campus for all.


Amee Lê is a collective member at the Centre for Women and Trans People at York University. She organizes around race and gender issues and researches and writes about critical contemporary art and film. She is also in the MBA/MA in Art History joint-program at York.

Vigil 5.4 At the 2002 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver Paul Wong recorded Rebecca Belmore’s performance VIGIL. The unedited document and excerpts have been used by Belmore in various ways. 8 years later Wong edits his short version of this seminal performance and recording.


Paul Wong is an award-winning artist, curator, and organizer of events and public interventions. Known for his tough engagement with issues of race, sex and death, Wong’s work ranges from conceptual performances to complex narratives, meshing video, photography, installation and performance.


Rebecca Belmore is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist. Her multidisciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance.

A Red Girl’s Reasoning After the justice system fails the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault, she becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women who’ve suffered the same fate.


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She is an emerging filmmaker, writer, and actor. Her credits as a writer and director include the short films “The Bandit”, “Bloodland”, “A Red Girl’s Reasoning”.

Audrey Huntley is a wanderer, storyteller, documentary filmmaker, community researcher and writer/producer of mixed European settler and Indigenous (Anishnawbe) ancestry. Audrey has been doing community based research in Indigenous communities in BC and Ontario since 1998. Her documentary Go Home, Baby Girl aired nationally on CBC television in addition to Letters from Caledonia/Six Nations and Mohawk Smokes. Produced independently by WolfDogProductions A Warrior-Woman’s Journey: From Six Nations to Oaxaca screened at imagineNATIVE 2008.


Deidre (D-Lishus) Walton is an activist and facilitator doing social justice and anti-oppression work, with a particular focus on anti-racism, women’s issues and the LGBTQ community. D-Lishus is also a performer who uses dubpoetical stylings to highlight the personal within the political, and give voice to experiences that underscore our common humanity. She combines these skills to deliver engaging, inclusive workshops that provide a safe space in which to explore ideas and express creativity.