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The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film is an annual event and is held in various venues in Grey and Bruce counties. This is a scene from the 2017 festival in Sauble Beach.

Saugeen First Nation artists and knowledge keepers, Jennifer Kewageshig, Sharon Isaac, Kelsey Diamon, Natlaka Pucan, Emily Kewageshig and Taylor Cameron, have been taking part in a workshop, ‘Saugeen Takes on Film’, which is winding up mid-July, 2018.

In a Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film (FFFF) media release, The Film Farm and film festival members worked alongside Saugeen artists to create hand processed 16mm about the stories and special places in Saugeen.

The collaboration included Philip Hoffman, founder of The Film Farm, co-founder of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film and a winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film was honoured to take part in this first-time event and Artistic Directors Adrian Kahgee and Debbie Ebanks Schulms hope ‘Saugeen Takes on Film’ will become an annual gathering for shared creativity and knowledge exchange.

Saugeen First Nation Elder Shirley John will open a festival July 20 at Sauble Beach near the former Red Road Café, 318 Lakeshore Boulevard South, where the new films will be projected onto a large inflatable screen.

The films from ‘Saugeen Takes on Film’ are only part of the evening’s program, titled ‘It Takes a Community’, curated by Adrian Kahgee. The new work will follow a selection of Indigenous youth films from Wapikoni’s mobile filmmaking workshop. ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors’ by Allison Ladd of Sage & Sea Co. is the final film of the evening. It was commissioned by Saueen Ojibway Nation and is based on the 700 kilometre Water Walk around the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

The FFFF is grateful for the opportunity to work with Saugeen First Nation and acknowledge we gather on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg and the home of Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

FFFF wishes acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and is also grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Government’s Summer Jobs Program.