Exclusive Interview: Director Michelle Latimer part 2

21 01 2011

Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper, Executive Producer Keri Putnam and President/Founder Robert Redford.  Photo By Calvin Knight.

On Sunday Michelle Latimer‘s short film, Choke, will play at Sundance as part of the Indigenous showcase.  There will be 5 of screenings of the her short film.  Enjoy part 2 of our chat where she opens up more about her work.

Choke is Michelle’s directorial short film debut.  Its a story about, “First Nation’s graffiti artist, Jimmy Linklater , who encounters the lost souls of the city and is reminded that no matter how far you travel, you cannot escape who you are.”.    Michelle discussed the length of the shoot and the challenges of filming stop motion animation.

So what did you learn personally from the process?

Other projects along the way have also expanded Michelle’s ability to command a set.  Her producing of Director Alan Black’s JACKPOT: THE MOVIE really helped her to grow as a filmmaker.

“Jackpot takes the viewers inside the sometimes strange, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and always compelling world of hardcore Bingo Players.”.

Jackpot premiered at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival and garnered two Golden Sheaf
(Best POV Documentary, Best Emerging Filmmakers).

With Sundance already kicked off, I think we should talk about how Michelle got to Park City.

And what are those things you’re doing?

The Whirlwind won’t be dying down after Sundance either.  Michelle gave us her 2011 outlook and its pretty amazing.

Michelle Latimer is a Métis producer, director, actor, activist, and festival programmer.




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