Exposed Nerves by Winnipeg’s Madison Thomas is featured in this year’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the “world’s largest presenter of indigenous screen content.” Madison studied filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2012, and her film, Exposed Nerves, navigates the complex ups and downs when living with bipolar disorder. The joy expressed through one woman’s dance is contrasted by the weighted depression of her everyday life and the involuntary movements of her mood swings. The eight-minute film screens at TIFF Bell Lightbox on October 22 as part of the festival’s Femme Totale series.
The seventeenth annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival runs October 19-23.
Reflecting on the process of choreographing with a mood in mind, filming and then finding a specific colour to match, dancer and choreographer Ming-Bo Lam told The Dance Current, “We would shift shades just slightly to see how closely we could pair a visual with the emotional experience.”