VIMFF 2014 :: FILMS :: 

A Hand To Stand

Canada, 20 minutes, 2013
Directed by Lindsay Marie Stewart & Matt Miles
Screening: Enviro Show - Inspired By Nature, Wed Feb 12 @ 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
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Seven Indigenous students in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest build their own wooden stand up paddleboards, using traditional knowledge in a modern day world.

The Natural Connections Project is proud to present A Hand To Stand, a short documentary on seven Indigenous students in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest building their own wooden stand up paddleboards, using traditional knowledge in a modern day world.  In a nation where the odds are quite literally stacked against Aboriginals finishing school and breaking out of the poverty trap; these kids face progression, persistence, and perseverance. The Bella Bella Community School shows you have got to be bold enough to begin and strong enough to succeed.

Lindsay Marie Stewart Filmmaker, Co-Director, & Producer
Lindsay Marie Stewart produces non-fiction documentaries emerging from intensive ethnographic fieldwork. She uses visual and media anthropology as an audio-visual communicator and mediator in conflictive, suppressive, or traumatized cultural situations. Lindsay has been awarded a BA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University and also holds a Photojournalism Associate’s Degree from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. She is currently taking a Masters in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University and working with Dr. Phillip Vannini, the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography and Professor.
Lindsay encourages attention to the many dimensions of life and the world, complementing the human sciences and humanities traditionally exclusive reliance on the written word. She has interned with Canadian Geographic Magazine as a Photo Editor, worked internationally with National Geographic photographers at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, and with Blue Earth Alliance, to raise awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography.
Lindsay’s most recent project co-directed with Matt Miles, the Natural Connections project, A Hand To Stand, has earned her the 2013 Public Ethnography Award from Royal Roads University.


Matt Miles Filmmaker & Co-Director
Matt Miles has over six years experience in digital media production in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada, in addition to leading workshops for DSLR film production. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Digital Music Production and Sound Recording from Bath Spa University.

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