2019 Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film


Jenn E Norton: The Weeping Brook

2019 Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film

Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20 in Hanover and Durham
Saturday, July 27 in Saugeen First Nation

We invite you to participate in a small-town, big-impact festival of films and conversation – the 2019 Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film. The adage that artists highlight new perspectives for the rest of us is something we can all embrace. Artists spark conversations around the pressing issues of our time – Reconciliation, environmental and climate crises, political and social strife, belonging and resilience – amongst a host of other concerns. This festival highlights all of these issues, and also purely aesthetic ones. These are the questions we’re thinking about: What new perspectives can each of us offer as shared possibilities in a non-dystopian future? What actions proceed out of these conversations?

Front and centre of our programming is an incubator workshop for emerging Indigenous filmmakers called Saugeen Takes on Film, now in its second year. In partnership with Saugeen First Nation, the Film Farm and Archive/Counter Archive, the Festival is proud to premiere three poetic and critical films that reach backwards and forwards in time to consider the present. Each film comes from a deeply personal place, sensitively navigating past trauma, ancestral presence and overcoming challenges. Phil Hoffman lead the workshop on hand-processing techniques that use flowers to replace chemicals. Flowers produce an aesthetic effect and also hold the potential of carrying through teachings and healing properties of the plants into the material and subject matter of the fill. Process, materials, aesthetic, imagining, and healing meld together in storytelling through film. The Saugeen Filmmakers featured this year are: Sharon Isaac, Kelsey Diamond, Tiffany Kewageshig, Keyanna Kimewon, Natalka Pucan, and Cassidy Ritchie.

Rec Centres and Pow Wow grounds, Hockey Arenas (Accessible), Small town cafes (Partially Accessible), farms (Partially Accessible) and Rec Centres (Accessible), are all vital locations where people in rural Ontario gather and build community. We don’t have a theatre, nor do we need or want one. We strive to make each location accessible– please get in touch if you have questions or concerns!


Natalka Pucan: The Ancestors’ Gift

Our invited programmers come from around the region and further:

  • Chris Wong (Nawash/SON) and Howard Adler (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation) from the Asinabka Festival (Ottawa):
  • Alexandra Gelis (Toronto)
  • Jorge Lozano (Toronto);
  • Christina Battle (Edmonton);
  • Julie René de Cotret (Hillsburgh);
  • Joschi Shea (Durham).

Together, the programs constitute a dynamic and challenging program that will BLOW YOUR MIND!

Other highlights include:

Special Projects featuring expanded practices in media art:

  • Tune In, commissioned and produced by the Festival and facilitated by our Co-Artistic Director, Adrian Kahgee, with Saugeen youth
  • Clayton Windatt returns with an ambitious performative installation inspired by and engaging the artists communities in North Bay and Durham
  • Biidaaban: First Light, a virtual reality film by Lisa Jackson

We invite you to take the time and space to think, discuss and plan with artists and community members during the Festival. Enjoy watching all of these fabulous works of art!

Book your accommodations now and don’t forget to purchase advance tickets for Dinner & Movie programs.


Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on scheduling, location, program details, and weather contingencies. Do you have questions? Call or email Debbie Ebanks Schlums, Co-Artistic Director: 705-896-6800 / debbie.ebanks@gmail.com.

The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film gratefully acknowledges the support of Saugeen First Nation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Summer Jobs and all of our generous sponsors.

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