Blak release a new screen festival and awards

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BLAK RELEASE a new screen festival and awards

supplied by dot ayu 8 August 2015


IAF presents BLAK RELEASE, a new screen festival put together by new CIAF Director Janina Harding and artist/curator Jenny Fraser to showcase and celebrate the Indigenous screen culture of Queensland’s First People which was held in Cairns recently. Screen makers, artists and musicians from Far North Queensland screened and presented alongside other Indigenous interdisciplinary practitioners from around the state and beyond, representing art forms such as animation, performance art, documentary, short film, music videos and digital storytelling. The

Jenny Fraser, Jarden Scott, Janina Harding, and John Harvey. Image supplied

audience was welcomed by CIAF Patron Henrietta Marrie Fourmile on the night, who was also very pleased to be witness to Indigenous releases being presented in the Far North. This inaugural BLAK RELEASE screening event put the spotlight on Indigenous producing and Torres Strait Islander film maker John Harvey was in attendance for a conversation to kick off the screening, and he received a BLAK RELEASE Award for his contribution to Indigenous Producing. The BLAK RELEASE program included five of Harvey’s works, with three of those recent premieres at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and the Melbourne

International Film Festival. John Harvey is a writer, director and producer. This year he produced his debut feature film SPEAR, after several short films including: THE HUNTER, MAN REAL, UNDER SKIN, IN BLOOD and YOU TURN; and the chapter SAND for the feature film THE TURNING. Recently he directed and produced the FREEDOM music video for Mau Power, featuring Archie Roach. John studied Producing and Screening Writing at the Australian Film Television & Radio School and was the recipient of the AV Myer Award for Exceptional Indigenous Talent at the School. He is currently undertaking a Malcolm Robertson Foundation Writer’s

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Residency at Footscray Community Arts Centre for his new theatre work CRISP WHITE SHEET. Music videos were another area of focus for the BLAK RELEASE screening program which included works by standout Far North Queensland talents The Cairns Murri Crew, The Medics, Last Kinection, The Normanton Crew, Gowrie Boys and Uncle Alfred’s Men’s Group. One of the inaugural BLAK RELEASE Screen Festival Awards went to The Cairns Murri Crew for representing youth culture. Coincidentally, three of the music video works from the BLAK RELEASE screening program were also selected as finalists in the recent 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards in the Northern Territory. The overall winner of the NIMA Community Award was also The Cairns Murri Crew, announced on July 25 at their awards ceremony held in Darwin. Both the BLAK RELEASE Screen Festival Award and the NIMA acknowledge the significant and critical role that music plays in spreading positive messages throughout Indigenous communities. The Cairns Murri Crew is made up of Murri students from Cairns High School. Their music clip for Built To Last has had around 11,000 youtube hits to date, is a celebration of cultural survival, of building respectful, inclusive and vibrant futures for young people whilst acknowledging the struggle and fight for basic human rights that continues today. “Having produced one of Australia’s very few curated Indigenous film festivals, Blak Nite Cinema, later to become Blak Nite Screen for the City of Melbourne, I saw an opportunity to celebrate the work of Queensland screen practitioners, actors and artists. BLAK RELEASE was a significant event on the extended CIAF 2015 program, much more than an art fair” said Janina Harding, Artistic Director. “Far North Queensland has a

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great depth of Indigenous arts practice, with a prolific visual arts industry, and for BLAK RELEASE our intention has been to compliment this strength and provide opportunities and experiences for audiences and Indigenous screen practitioners to engage with one another. The BLAK RELEASE Screen Festival is a platform to acknowledge and showcase Indigenous screenmakers, many with long histories of working in a variety of screen mediums, this event is long overdue” said Jenny Fraser, Blak Release co-Curator. In the Dry Season months of July and August its festival time in Cairns and that means time in the sun for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts Community.

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair presents BLAK RELEASE, which was timed to round off the end of the entire week of CIAF events and enjoy the Cannes of Cairns, and gain some insider perspectives, through the eyes and lenses of our screen artists from around the state and beyond. The audience was very supportive and also voted in the BLAK RELEASE Screen Festival Awards on the night, with Larissa Behrendt winning the Peoples Choice Award for her film Under Skin in Blood. In the film, a woman (Margaret Harvey) clings to memories of happier times with her husband (Aaron Pedersen) and son, before the asbestos-riddled town ruined their lives: based on real experiences of Aboriginal workers at the Baryugil mine.

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