About Michelle

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Michelle Derosier was born in 1969 in Dryden, Ontario (Treaty 3 Territory) and is Anishinaabe. She is a member of Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and has been living in Thunder Bay for the past 30 years. She is from the Bear Clan and is a community activist, artist and filmmaker. Her artistic practice is deeply rooted in her Anishinaabek ways of life, her community and her family. She is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters and has five grandchildren.


Michelle’s CV

EDUCATION

1995-2000 – Honours Bachelor of Social Work (HBSW), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON.

SELECTED FILM EXPERIENCE

Writer / Co-Director /Co-Producer
Angeliques Isle (2018) Drama, 90mins, Thunderstone Pictures Inc., Circle Blue Films and Freddy Films. Toronto, ON and Thunder Bay, ON.Producer
“Urban Indigenous Proud” (Post Production) Film Series (2018). Producer of one Episode: “Zaagi’idiwin”. An NFB & OFIFC co-production, Fort Frances, ON.Writer/Director
Amplify (Post Production) Director of one episode of a 13-part series. APTN, 2019. Artist: Nick Sherman. Thunder Bay, ON.Writer / Director /Co-Producer
Chipikaakitooyang [‘Coming Together To Talk] (2016) Documentary, 110 mins, Thunderstone Pictures Inc., Thunder Bay, ON.Writer / Director /Co-Producer
The Grandfather Drum (2015) Animation, 13 mins, Thunderstone Pictures and Stem to Stern Design Co., Thunder Bay, ON.Producer
Fire Song (2015) Drama, 90 mins, Adam Garnet Jones, Big Soul Productions and Thunderstone Pictures Inc., Fort William First Nation & Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, ON.Director
The Doctor Can See You Now (2015) Documentary, 48 mins, TVO and Title Entertainment Inc. ON. Television world premiere of “The Doctor Can See You Now” aired on TVO’s ‘The View From Here’ in October 2015

Writer / Director/Producer
Walk-a-Mile Film Project (2013) A Documentary Film Series (5 films – 15 mins), The City of Thunder Bay – Aboriginal Liaison Unit and Thunderstone Pictures, Thunder Bay, ON

Writer / Director
Muskikki: Addressing the Need (2012) Documentary, 22 mins, Thunderstone Pictures and The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, filmed in the remote community of Mishkeegogamang First Nation and Sioux Lookout, ON

Senior Production Audio Mixer
CBC – The Fifth Estate: Stories From The River’s Edge (2011), Investigative Documentary, 44 mins, XDCAM HD, CBC Toronto. Filmed in the remote community of Deer Lake First Nation and Thunder Bay, ON

Director / Writer
The Life You Want – A young woman’s struggle through addiction (2011) Documentary, HD, 29 min., Thunderstone Pictures & the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. Filmed in Eabametoong First Nation.

Director
Eagle Vs. Sparrow (2011) Drama, HD, 10 min., Thunderstone Pictures, Community Arts & Heritage Education Project and the Dryden High School Thrive Program.

Director / Writer / Co-Producer
Return to Manomin (2011) Documentary, HD, 72 min., Thunderstone Pictures.

Director / Writer / Narrator / Co-Producer
The Healing Lens (2009) Documentary, HD, 46 min., Thunderstone Pictures.

Director
Honouring Our Veterans (2009) Documentary, HD, 13 min., Thunderstone Pictures for Nishnawbe-Aski Nation. Filmed in Chapleau Cree First Nation, ON.

Art Director
Undertow (2008) Drama, HD, 30min., Photoplay Productions.

Writer / Lead-Actor / Co-producer
Seeking Bimaadiziiwin (2007) Drama, Super16, 31min., Thunderstone Pictures / Shebandowan Films co-production.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITIONS

• Sundance Film Festival 2016 Official Selection, Utah, Park City – January 21-31, 2016 – “The Grandfather Drum”
• Traverse City Film Festival 2016 Official Selection, Traverse City, MI – July 28-31, 2016 – “The Grandfather Drum”
• Hot Docs Film Festival 2016 Official Selection, Toronto, Ontario – “The Grandfather Drum”
• ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival 2016 Official Selection, Toronto, Ontario – “The Grandfather Drum”
• TVO broadcast – (2015) “The Doctor Can See You Now” – TVO and Title Entertainment Inc.
• New York Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, NY – Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 – June 26 – October 21, 2012 – “Eagle vs. Sparrow”
• HOT DOCS | Youth: Docs for Schools, 2012, All Ontario Public Schools, 60,000 participants – “The Life You Want”
• Agua Caliente Festival of Native Film and Culture, 2012, Palm Springs, CA – “Eagle vs. Sparrow”
• ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, 2011, Toronto – 2 films – “Eagle vs. Sparrow” and “The Life You Want”
• Biindigaate Film Festival, 2011, Thunder Bay – “The Life You Want”, “Return To Manomin” and “Eagle vs. Sparrow”
• 36th Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco – “Return To Manomin”
• DOXA International Documentary Film Festival, 2010, Vancouver – “The Healing Lens”
• Biindigaate Film Festival, 2010, Thunder Bay – “The Healing Lens”
• 35th Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco – “The Healing Lens”
• 32nd American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Native Revolution Film Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Heard Museum Film Festival, Phoenix, Arizona – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• International Rights Protection Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Dawson City, Yukon – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Weenebeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Moose Factory, Ontario – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Sami Film Festival, Guovdageaidnu, Norway – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Aotearora, New Zealand – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”
• Talking Stick Film and Storytelling Festival, Sante Fe, New Mexico – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin”

AWARDS

2012 Mayor’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention – Media Award, Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival

2012 Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund – Businesswoman of the Year Award, Thunderstone Pictures Inc.

2011 Mayor’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention – Business Award, Thunderstone Pictures – City of Thunder Bay

2011 K.M. Hunter Award – Nominee, Ontario Arts Council

2011 Female Newsmaker of the Year – Wawatay News

2011 Bronze Drum Award “Eagle vs. Sparrow”, 6th Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival

2011 Best Canadian Short – Honorable Mention – “Eagle vs. Sparrow” – ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Ontario

2010 Best Public Service Film – “The Healing Lens” – The 35th American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA

2009 Nominated Best Film – “The Healing Lens” – 2010 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, Music and Film In Motion (MFM), Sudbury, Ontario

2009 Nominated Best Director – “The Healing Lens” – 2010 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, Music and Film In Motion (MFM), Sudbury

2009 People’s Choice Award – “The Healing Lens” – Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario

2007 Best Live Action Short Film – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” – 37th American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, California, USA

2007 1st Place – People’s Choice Award – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” – Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario

2007 Best Film- “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” – MFM Northern Music and Film Awards, Sudbury, Ontario

2007 Best Film – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” – Algoma International Film Association Awards, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

2007 Nominated, Best Short Film – “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” – Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS

2018 (Lead Artist) “Basigwii [He/She is Standing Up]” – Sexual Assault the Roadshow. A community arts project & exhibition that “talks back” to historical and colonial violence that Indigenous women, men and two-spirited people experience, creating a new empowering narrative of culture, identity and love. Thunder Bay, ON.

2018 (Actor) “The Estate Clause” – a 10×10 theatre creation project. 10×10 is a year-round local theatre creation project in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

PUBLICATIONS

Derosier, M., Dr. P. Mulzer., Dr. C. Weiman, Perreault. B, and M. Katt (2008) Reel Therapy: The Seeking Bimaadiziiwin Manual, First Nation Initiative, Thunder Bay, ON, 47p.

Derosier, M. and R. Neckoway (2005) Historical and Social Influences on Violence in Aboriginal Communities, chapter 12 in Brownlee, K. and J. Graham Violence in the Family: Social Work Readings and Research From Northern and Rural Canada, Canadian Scholars Press Inc,
Toronto.

ARTS COUNCIL JURIES

2014 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival –Awards Jury

2013 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts

2012 Ontario Arts Council – Aboriginal Arts

2010 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts

2009 Ontario Arts Council – Arts Education

2011 Ontario Arts Council – Arts Education