Stimulating Community Growth and Development through ‘Pop-Up’ Film Theatres in First Nations Communities

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Film and TV star Adam Beach will bring first-run and aboriginal films to start at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, 45 minutes north of Winnipeg. The pop-up theatres will be introduced across Canada within First Nations communities and Beach believes these will help unify families and inspire a new generation of aboriginal filmmakers.

The venture employs portable technology to convert school gyms and arenas into screening rooms. It is an initiative of Bandwidth Digital Releasing Inc and Adam Beach Film Institute.

“A lot of these isolated communities have no access to film and for me it’s an honour to be able to bring them first-run movies now, as opposed to them waiting a month later,” says Beach, noting it offers families a night out together as well as a way for different reserves to mingle. “What it’s going to do is stimulate the growth of these communities.”

Proceeds from the events, which include concessions and merchandise sales, will go towards Beach’s film institute, which creates jobs for aboriginal youth.

Culled from the by Cassandra Szklarski


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