The Next 150: Documentary Futurism is a project initiated by Cinema Politica, a Montreal-based media arts non-profit that exhibits and distributes political film at PWYC events across the globe. Many on the core CP team are involved with this project, from our ED Svetla Turnin to our Director of Programming Ezra Winton to our long time collaborators at the graphic design studio LOKI. But the steward of this project is James Goddard, who is working closely with both the jury that convened in Montreal in November 2017, to each project team working on their own documentary futurism short. Info on James and the jury can be found below.
While James currently resides in Montreal, he has lived all across Canada. He is active in the local music scene both as a saxophonist and concert promoter and is in the midst of writing an afro-futurist song cycle exploring an imagined first contact (the first mixtape in the series can be found here). James’s interest in the speculative arts is not limited to the sonic sphere. Over the past year he has been hard at work developing The Congress of Radical Futurisms—an inter-disciplinary arts organization dedicated to the presentation, promotion and support of art & thought engaged with what comes next.
On Canada’s sesquicentennial, James says: “The anniversary of Canada as a state is an important time to explore issues related to colonialism, racism and the kind of future we might like to have. Speculative documentaries are a great way to engage with these topics.”
James has over the years worked with radical communities in Community radio (CHMA 106.9FM & CFRC 101.9fm), in food politics and activism (Le Frigo Vert), music, performance and much more. With all that in mind, James is looking forward to bringing his futurist knowledge, radical experiences and administrative abilities to bear on The Next 150—Documentary Futurism project.
Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica. She lived in Jamaica, Guyana, the US and Trinidad before moving to Canada as a teenager. She has published six novels and numerous short stories. Her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest.
She has also received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She currently lives in California, USA, where she is a professor of Creative Writing and a member of a faculty research cluster in science fiction.
Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. She produces machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—still images, sculpture and textile works.
Her pioneering new media projects have been presented in New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland and across North America in major exhibitions such as “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas; and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at La Biennale de Montréal. Her award-winning work in is included in both public and private collections. Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University, and lives in Montreal.
Award-winning filmmaker Danis Goulet’s short films have screened at festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Her film Barefoot was recognized with a Special Mention from the Berlin International Film Festival and her film Wakening won the Best Canadian Short Film Award at ReelWorld. Her work has been broadcast on ARTE, CBC, Air Canada, and Movieola. She is an alumnus of the NSI’s Drama Prize Program and the TIFF Talent lab. She is the former Artistic Director of imagineNATIVE, has developed initiatives for the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and has served on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Images Festival. She currently programs short films for TIFF. Danis (Cree/Metis) was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and resides in Toronto.