GUESTS FROM 2016

NANCY BRUNNING
Film: Mahana | Actor | New Zealand
Bio: Having won the Award for Best Actress at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards for What Becomes of The Broken Hearted, Maori actress Nancy Brunning is a household name in NZ, and will be attending the screening of Mahana, the Festival’s opening night film.
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Film: Sech’el – Native Slam | Producer | New Zealand
Bio: Chelsea Winstanley’s career has gone from strength to strength since her debut feature film What We Do in the Shadows screened in 2014 and grossed over 6.5 Million USD at the box office. Her short Sech’el focuses on how risks must be taken to achieve a goal, but when human emotions are at risk, the results can be irreversible.

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KATH AKUHATA-BROWN
Film: ARA – Native Slam | Producer | New Zealand
Bio: As the Development Exec. For the Maori Feature Film Development Fund Commission, and member of the Maori Feature Film Development Fund, Kath is dedicated to ensuring the progression of Indigenous film makers and the industry. Having made films for over two decades ARA is her latest short film.

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MIKE JONATHAN
Film: Ra’Satste – Native Slam | Producer | New Zealand
Bio: The Rotorua based director has had twenty years in the Indigenous film industry, making him a powerhouse and role model for budding Indigenous filmmakers.

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TODD JOHNSTON AKA ESTRIA MIYASHIRO
Film: Mele Murals | Subject | United States
Bio: Hawaiian urban art living legend Todd Johnston, Co-Founder of The Estria Foundation, a non-profit org dedicated to using urban art to raise awareness to important indigenous and community issues.

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KEONI LEE
Film: Mele Murals | Executive Producer | United States
Bio: Founder of Hawaii’s first Indigenous TV station Oiwi TV, Keoni Lee is the Exec. Producer of Mele Murals, Lee will be in Sydney alongside artist Todd Johnston for the screening of Mele Murals to raise awareness of public issues through urban art.

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ANDREW MARTIN
Film: Fire Song | Actor | Canada
Bio: The Canadian actor found out he was cast in the film on his flight back to Toronto after his audition, and is one of the true success stories of the young Indigenous film community.

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JASON RYLE
Film: Snip – Shorts from Turtle Island | Director | Canada
Event: Black Talk 02 – on Indigenous Film Festivals
Bio: Artistic Director of imagineNATIVE Festival, and Director of short film Snip, Jason Ryle has immersed himself in the Indigenous film industry. Ryle will be in attendance for the screening of his stop start animated wonder, and a panel member for free Festival talk, Black Talk 02 – Indigenous Film Festivals.

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TAINUI STEPHENS
Film: Skoha – Native Slam | Director | New Zealand
Event: Black Talk 02 – on Indigenous Film Festivals
Bio: Maori community member, independent producer, director and writer Tainui Stephens is keen to bring Indigenous stories to the big screen, he has many notable features including Māori Battalion doco, feature film River Queen and TV series The New Zealand Wars.

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LIBBY HAKARAIA
Film: Native Slam | Co-Producer | New Zealand
Event: Black Talk 02 – on Indigenous Film Festivals
Bio: Indigenous New Zealander, Libby Hakaraia begun her broadcasting career as a 17 year-old, in a smoky Radio Waikato newsroom. Now a huge activist for cultural knowledge and heritage, Hakaraia is a co-producer of the short film collaboration Native Slam and director of the Māoriland Film Festival.

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PAULINE CLAGUE
Film: Native Slam | Co-Producer | New Zealand
Event: Black Talk 02 – on Indigenous Film Festivals
Bio: Pauline is the Artistic Director for the Winda Film Festival. A Yaegl women from the North Coast of New South Wales. She entered into the Industry in 1994 through the Indigenous Drama Initiative producing “Round Up”. Since then she has produced Documentaries and Dramas and been Series Producer for various initiatives and worked for ABC, SBS and NITV.

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