Michelle Latimer is the showrunner, director, and writer of the breakout Indigenous resistance series RISE (Viceland), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Her latest film Nuuca premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Nuuca explores the impact resource extractive industries have had on Indigenous women and girls.
As a filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film and new media as a tool for social change. Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including Sundance, TIFF, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, and Cannes, and her work has been acquired by National Gallery of Canada. Select films include Nuuca, Choke, The Underground, Nimmikaage, and the feature documentary ALIAS.
She is currently developing The Freedom Project - a feature film examination of Canada’s prison system, and the impact of solitary confinement on female inmates. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity” and are often experiments with creative form expressed from a personal point of view.
Michelle recently spent nine months documenting on the front lines of the occupation at Standing Rock. She is passionate about working to educate and improve awareness around Indigenous issues in Canada and beyond.