|Producers||Amy Kaufman, Caroline Waterlow|
When her life was cut short in 1976, Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, a young First Nations Mi’kmaq from Canada, was one of the highest-ranking women in the American Indian Movement (AIM). In a celebration of her life, we will explore the fight for indigenous sovereignty that Annie Mae embodied and which brought together the community’s most charismatic leaders to join the polarizing movement. The film will also explore how government surveillance & a legacy of systemic racism led to the implosion of the movement and how the forces that Annie Mae fought continue to work against indigenous communities today, including an examination of gender violence at crisis proportions.
About The Team
Michelle Latimer (Director)is the showrunner, director, and writer of the breakout Indigenous resistance series RISE (Viceland), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and for which she won a Canadian Screen Award. Her latest film Nuuca (executive produced by Laura Poitras) premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her short films include Choke (Sundance Festival Jury Prize Honourable Mention in International Short Filmmaking, Tiff Canada’s Top Ten, nominated for Canadian Screen Award), The Underground (Tiff, Best Short Film ImagineNATIVE), Nimmikaage (Oberhausen, Pan Am Games, National Gallery of Canada) and the feature doc Alias (nominated for a Canadian Screen Award). In 2013, Michelle was selected by Playback Magazine as one of Canada’s Top Ten Filmmakers to Watch, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) recently named her among the “Great Canadian Filmmakers of the Future.” Michelle is of Métis/Algonquin descent.
Amy Kaufman (Producer) left her position as an Executive VP of Production at Focus Features to establish her shingle Primary Productions under which she first produced Sin Nombre (2007). The film won numerous recognitions including the Best Directing and Best Cinematography prizes at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. Amy, director Cary Fukunaga and cinematographer Adriano Goldman were also nominated by the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography, respectively. In 2010 Amy produced the feature film The Whistleblower and in 2012 produced Ain’t Them Bodies Saints written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. She next produced Beasts of No Nation staring Idris Elba. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won numerous recognitions, including the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Abraham Attah’s breakthrough performance, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead also for Abraham Attah’s performance, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, A Screen Actors Award for Idris Elba and a Peabody Award.
Caroline Waterlow (Producer) most recently produced OJ: Made in America, an ESPN Films documentary directed by Ezra Edelman and winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was recognized by multiple organizations such as IFP, Film Independent, the International Documentary Association, the National Board of Review, the Producers Guild, the Columbia School of Journalism, the American Film Institute, and was recently awarded a Peabody. Caroline has produced and contributed to documentaries, docu-dramas & public affairs programming for a variety of studios and networks. Recent feature documentaries include Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, the directorial debut of actor Mike Myers that premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival; and the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Cutie and the Boxer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and won Best Director of a U.S. Documentary.
Yvonne Russo (Executive Producer) is an award-winning producer, director and writer of film, television and digital. She is developing Kelly’s Bar with Casey Affleck and worked as a Production Advisor on Woman Walks Ahead starring Jessica Chastain. Russo served as Liaison and Advisor on the HBO mini-series, Lewis and Clark, produced by Playtone/PlanB/Class 5. She is currently serving as director, producer and writer of the feature documentary Viva Verdi! about life inside Casa Di Riposo per Musicisti of Milan. Russo’s feature film work includes the 2012 feature documentary, The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust, where she served as Co-Producer; the film was nominated for “Outstanding Documentary” at the 2012 NAACP Awards. She served as Producer on the award-winning indie feature Naturally Native acquired by Turner Classics. Russo is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation.
Iris Ng (Cinematographer) is recognized as a versatile cinematographer, who lends her patience, creativity, intuition and skill to bring a director’s vision to the screen. For over a decade Iris has collaborated with award-winning directors collaborated with award-winning directors Sarah Polley, Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, Agnad Bhalla, Liz Marshal and Rama Rau on a variety of documentaries while shooting a wide variety of films for artist such as Chris Curreri, Oliver Husain, Annie MacDonnell, Jean-Paul Kelly and Luis Jacob. After obtaining her BFA in Film Production from York University, she has honed her craft shooting over sixty projects in many facets of the industry, from narrative, art and documentary films to commercials, music videos and episodic television. In the process, she has had the opportunity to work in Asia, Africa, Europe and across North America. Among other projects, Iris shot Making of a Murderer and Stories We Tell.