MICHELLE LATIMER: 2020 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Michelle Latimer is the showrunner and director of the breakout Indigenous resistance series RISE (Viceland), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Series. Her latest film Nuuca (Field of Vision) premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale Film Festival. Selected films include Choke (Sundance Jury Prize Honorable Mention inShort Filmmaking, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) “Canada’s Top Ten”, nominated for a Canadian Screen Award), The Underground (TIFF, Best Short at ImagineNATIVE), Nimmikaage (Oberhausen, National Gallery of Canada), and the feature documentary Alias (Hot Docs, Canadian Screen Award nominee). Michelle is currently showrunning and directing the scripted series Trickster (Sienna Films/Streel Films) that she created and adapted from bestselling author Eden Robinson’s trilogy, as well as completing production on the documentary feature adaptation of Thomas King’s book Inconvenient Indian (National Film Board of Canada/Crave). She is also developing her first scripted feature Forgotten (Sienna Films). In 2018, Michelle was the only Canadian awarded a filmmaker fellowship from Field of Vision. She is an alumna of both the TIFF Talent Lab and Producers Program and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University, Montreal. Playback Magazine selected her among Canada’s Top Ten Filmmakers to Watch, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company recently named her among the “Great Canadian Filmmakers of the Future”. Michelle’s Métis/Algonquin heritage informs her filmmaking perspective, and much of her work is dedicated to the pursuit of Indigenous rights and sovereignty.