Broadcast Lab partners with the Treaty 7 Film Collective

May 30, 2018

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May 30, 2018

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2018


Arts Commons Presents:

Broadcast Lab partners with the Treaty 7 Film Collective


CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents three new media arts short films on the Broadcast Lab monitors within Arts Commons from June 1 - August 30, 2018 by media artists from the Treaty 7 Film Collective.


Run by a group of four women of colour, the collective is dedicated to uplifting the stories of local filmmakers from the Indigenous, Black, people of colour, immigrant, and LGBTQ25+ communities.              

Private Vs Public: Grief and Addiction is a raw film about the emptiness and confusion left from the loss of a loved one to substance abuse. Artist Alison Simpson includes thoughts from previous addicts about possible solutions to the addiction epidemic.


Algorythms uses motion capture and 3D software to reflect on the ways we archive our lives digitally. Trudy Elmore sees the circus of humanity’s online and digital lives and explores the monotony and sensationalism that it entertains.


Finally, Esther Bogorov explores the history of women as seen through windows in Chelsea.


Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Media Arts) is an exciting micro-cinema program at Arts Commons that supports experimental films, video art, animations, and short documentaries.


Title:                           Treaty 7 Film Collective

by Danielle Black, Bernadette Lumugdang, Jacquie Gallos Aquines, and Kadra Yusef

Location:        On the Arts Commons three video monitors:

  • +15 hallway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
  • West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
  • Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window

Date:                           June 1 – August 30, 2018

Reception:                  Artist reception at Happenings #13 on Mezzanine Level of Arts

Commons on Monday, August 13 from 6-9pm


Please see attached for artist biographies.


For media inquiries or more information contact:

Aaron Chatha, Communications Manager



Treaty 7 Film Collective


The Treaty 7 Film Collective is a group run by four women of colour dedicated to uplifting the stories of local filmmakers from the Indigenous, Black, POC, immigrant, and LGBTQ2S+ communities. The collective is a grassroots, DIY initiative that chooses to create media that represents our histories and identities.


They are creating a platform for empowerment and collaboration by using storytelling to create better conditions for our realities. Their intentions are to cultivate narratives that are generally in the peripheries of the mainstream. Empowering representations of our communities is important to us. They generate contemporary ways of sharing perspective from people whose cultures are deeply rooted in storytelling and allow artists to play a central role in making sure their communities are well represented on screen.


Treaty 7 Film Collective produces films, facilitates monthly gatherings and works towards engaging members to use film and other art forms to share their truths. They invite filmmakers, storytellers, artists, musicians and other enthusiasts on Treaty 7 land to collaborate and create community together through film and media.


Acknowledging that they are on Blackfoot Territory, Treaty 7 Land, the goal is to create a platform for our members to be unapologetically themselves not just on screen, but within society as a whole.

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