Stunning cinematography, exceptional acting skills, tension masterfully built, rich sound-effects carefully edited, bold composition, a hommage to Italian “Giallo” films, unrestrained use of bright colour and fierce women of many kinds! Kahnawake’s 6th Annual Eastern Connection Film Festival is in the books.

The talent exhibited from a small group of Kahnawake film directors, actors and musicians is bursting at the seams, as it should be. Aside from the impressive display of vision, determination and ability to take initiative of each director, who is most likely working with a small budget, they have the support of their fans (the audience filled the room) as well as other forms of support. “Sound Editing for Film”, “Writing for Film”, “Lighting and Cinematography”, “Grant Proposal Writing for Film” and “Aesthetics” are just a few of the workhops that have taken place at KORLCC so far.

This is a community that invests in talent and art.

Tharonhianen:te Barnes, Raohserahawi Hemlock, Jarret Jacobs, Megan Whyte, Roxann Whitebean, Brent Horne and Joshua Diabo are just some of the names you should watch out for as directors with burgeoning careeers in film, art and writing. They happen to all be Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk).

ECFF director Marion Delaronde, working in association with the Montreal First People’s Festival, believes this was the best year yet, and looks forward to even greater advances both in their skills and in the film community being created in Kahnawake, right now.