maia iotzova

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I am an artist and a filmmaker, originally from Bulgaria, now based in Montreal. In my work I often explore our relationship to the natural environment. My first film Grass Through Concrete, chronicled the fight of Hamilton citizens and First Nations to stop the construction of a highway through one of Canada's largest urban parks. In 2015 I released my first author film Green Dream (www.greendreamfilm.com), a contemplation on nature's place within the city. For the last three years I have been working with Arnait Video and Marie-Helene Cousineau as an assistant editor, editor, communications person and general production assistant. I worked on the documentary film SOL (www.soldocumentary.com), the TV series Sivummut Going Forward (www.sivummut.ca) and on other projects that are currently in development. I also help the Isuma collective with video editing.See more

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  • Arnait Video Productions

    uploaded by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    Tungasugiti! Welcome!

    Before Tomorror - Ninioq and Maniq

    The women of Arnait have found that building connections to our traditions and, thereby, with the lives of our ancestors, gives shape and vitality to the lives we are leading and to the whole of the world we are sharing. Our inspiration is rooted in the past and blossoms in the present – to shine as an example for those around us. We invite you to discover the things we believe in and partake in the world view that sustains us.

    Find out more about Arnait and our work.

    Visit Our New Website www.arnaitvideo.ca

     

    Uvanga will play in Mexico

    UVANGA will be at the Festival Internacional de CIne de Guadalajara, Mexico in the Quebec, Guest of Honor selection. The festival takes place from March 21 until 30. The film will be in good company with about 15 other features from Quebec and a number of documentaries. 

    Uvanga premiers in Montréal and Toronto

    Uvanga is competing in the prestigious FOCUS section of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma which features Quebecois and Canadian films that reflect the richness of emerging new cinema.

    The film will later screen in Toronto at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Closing Night Gala October 20th.

     

    Uvanga wins Best Feature at the Yellowknife International Film Festival

    Uvanga opened the 7th annual Yellownkife International Film Festival on October 1st with a screening at the Northern Arts and Culture Cenre.

    Uvanga was honered with the Best Feature award at the festival's first ever award ceremony held October 6th!

     

     

     

    Uvanga screening in home town Igloolik

    Uvanga screened on September 21th to an exited home town crowd in Igloolik! Much fun was had and reviews were positive!

    Next stop: Cinéfest Sudbury Intetnational Film Festival

     

     

     

    Production begins in Igloolik on Arnait's second feature

    Principal photography began July 9, 2012 on Uvanga. The film is co-directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and will be shot entirely on location in Igloolik, Nunavut over the next 25 days.

    The film stars Montreal-based actress Marianne Farley and newcomer Lukasi Forrest.

     

    Before Tomorrow wins Best Canadian First Festure at TIFF 2008

    Before Tomorrow premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 7th. Other fall screenings include: Reykjavik International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, imagineNATIVE festival, Pusan International Film Festival and the 33rd Annual American Indian Film Festival.

    And in October Arnait Video members will give a workshop at Trent University in Peterborough, connecting with Aboriginal women of Southern Ontario.

     

    Arnait premiers Before Tomorrow in Igloolik and Puvirnituq

     Igloolik premier

    Before Tomorrow premiered in Igloolik on February 23rd in 2008 and in Puvirnituq and Kujjuuaq on May 6-7-8. Members of the Arnait Video collective (Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk et Marie-Hélène Cousineau) presented the film in front of attentive audiences. Props and select costumes from the film were also on display. As with previous films produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions, the film's first audience was the community involved in making the film.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    uploaded date: 15-10-2007

  • Before Tomorrow

    uploaded by: IsumaTV

    Film premiers in Igloolik

    After the screening, audience members had a chance to examine props and costumes used in the film.

    Shooting wrapped

    more photos from the set

    Watch teaser

    Before Tomorrow in the press

    Women's collective screens film for home town crowd by Sonia Gunderson, Nunatsiaq News February 29, 2008 (read article)

    Creating together: Igloolik and Puvirnituq co-operate on Isumas third feature film by Jim Bell, Nunatsiaq News January 19, 2007 (read article)

    On the set of Before Tomorrow by Isabelle Dubois, Inuktitut Magazine Fall 2006 (pdf)

    Marie-Hélène Cousineau: Filmer l'intimité et l'imensité by Denis Lord, Elle Québec January 2007 (pdf)

    Before Tomorrow

    New in March 2010! Nine Canadian Genie Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costumes, Sound, Original Song. Four Quebec Jutra Award nominations, Best Picture, Director, Costumes, Music.

    More About Film   /   View Film or Download

    A co-production of Igloolik Isuma Productions and Kunuk Cohn Productions, Before Tomorrow is the first feature film written and directed by Igloolik's Arnait Video Productions women's collective, which has been filming Inuit women's stories since 1991 based on cultural authenticity and community involvement.

    Before Tomorrow is directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu from a script by Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, adapted from the novel For morgendagen by the acclaimed Danish writer Jørn Riel. It is produced by Stéphane Rituit, with executive producers Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk. Leading the cast are Madeline Ivalu and her grandson Paul-Dylan Ivalu, joined by Mary Qulitalik, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq and Tumasie Sivuarapik.

    Before Tomorrow is the story of a woman who demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her grandson the ultimate challenge of survival. The film was shot in remote locations near the community of Puvirnituq, Nunavik (norhtern Quebec) over four separate periods between July 2006 and January 2007 to capture the arctic seasons from June though December.

    Before Tomorrow premiered in Igloolik on the weekend of February 23-24, 2008. Members of the Arnait Video collective (Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk and Marie-Hélène Cousineau) presented the film in front of attentive audiences in the school gym. Actors, props and select costumes from the film were also on display. As with previous films produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions, the film's first audience was the community involved in making the film. The following month producers also screened the film in Puvirnituq, Nunavik, where the film was shot.

    Before Tomorrow was released in Canada by Alliance Motion Picture Distribution and Alliance Vivafilm in March 2009. Before Tomorrow is distributed internationally by Isuma Distribution International. U.S. premiere was a two-week run at Film Forum in New York December 2-15, 2009.The film now is available for Video-on-Demand download in standard definition or full HD from isuma.tv/fastrunnertrilogy.

    Before Tomorrow was produced in association with Alliance Atlantis, Alliance Vivafilm, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Nunavut Film Development Commission and with the support of NITV. With thanks to Makivik Corporation,First Air, and Air Inuit. Thanks also to the people and mayor's office of Puvirnituq, the Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Centre, Kativik school board, and the Cooperative of Puvirnituq for their support.

    The founding mandate of Igloolik Isuma Productions is to empower Inuit voices to tell their own stories. Isuma's first feature, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, won the Camera d'or at Cannes 2001 and Best Picture at Canada's 2002 Genie Awards. Isuma's second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Isuma's executive producers, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, continue this mandate in Isuma's third feature film,  Before Tomorrow, the first written and produced by the Arnait Video Women's Collective.

    uploaded date: 02-03-2009

  • Inuit midwives

    uploaded by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    This channel is dedicated to the wonderful work of Inuit midwives.

    Interviews with traditionnal midwives from Igloolik done in 1991, rescued from 8mm video recording (so sorry for the technical quality) are here in their original Inuktitut version.

    Seperarete English transcripts are also available on this channel for each of the interviews.

     

     

     

    uploaded date: 13-12-2012

  • NITV Online Video Mentoring - Tagrijausiunimut Atuagaq

    uploaded by: Zacharias Kunuk

    NITV’s Online Video Mentoring (Tagrijausiunimut Atuagaq) project aims to inspire a new generation of Inuit filmmakers with the capacity to tell their stories, promote their culture and use video to revitalize and sustain the active use of Inuit Language.

    uploaded date: 19-10-2015

  • Travel to Kalaallit Nunaat, (Nuuk)

    uploaded by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    What you will find here are excerpts of the travels of Arnait Media Productions to Nuuk: meetings, encounters. discoveries.

    This exchange with media producers , filmakers and artists of Greenland was possible with  a grant from Canada Council for the Arts through the Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange.

     

     

    uploaded date: 12-09-2013

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