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ALFF 2018 Keynote Address: Jesse Wente

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Free admission, everyone welcome.
ALFF 2018 will kick-off with a day of Indigenous programming at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Saturday February 3rd. The festival is honoured to host Anishinaabe broadcaster, film critic, producer and guest curator of ALFF 2018, Jesse Wente, who will deliver a keynote address on the importance of storytelling.

Mr. Wente recently left his position as Head of Film Programmes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox to pursue projects as a producer and curator. He selected the filmmakers for the CBC series of short films Keep Calm and Decolonize, and is currently producing the film version of Thomas King’s award-winning 2012 novel The Inconvenient Indian.

About Jesse Wente
Jesse Wente is an Ojibwe broadcaster, curator, producer and public speaker. Jesse spent 11 years with the Toronto International Film Festival, the last 7 as Head of Film Programmes at the Lightbox, where he curated retrospectives on Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann, Ida Lupino and First Peoples Cinema.  Jesse is also a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, where he has covered film and culture for 21 years. Wente is currently co-producing his first film, a screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he has spoken at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, CMPA’s Prime Time and numerous Universities and Colleges. Jesse currently serves on the board of directors for the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council, and was just named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award.

ALFF 2018 Keynote Address: Jesse Wente

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