Inconvenient Indian Tops Directors’ Guild of Canada Award Winners

Thomas King in Inconvenient Indian
NFB and 90th Parallel Productions

By Pat Mullen

Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian continues to garner acclaim on the circuit. The doc inspired by Thomas King’s acclaimed book scooped the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary last night at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards. The DGC handed out its documentary prizes last night in the third of four online ceremonies via social media. Inconvenient Indian previously won both the People’s Choice Award for Documentary and the Amplify Voices Best Canadian Feature Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and Most Popular Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Latimer’s film uses King’s book as an entry point to explore representations of Indigenous culture in media and tackle questions of sovereignty and land rights today.

The socially distanced DGC Awards also acknowledged Liz Marshall’s Meat the Future with the prize for Best Picture Editing for Caroline Christie and Roland Schlimme. Marshall’s film, which premiered at Hot Docs this summer, examines the potential for cultured meat to provide a sustainable future. Meat the Future recently had a Toronto encore at Planet in Focus and was named “Best in Show” at RealScreen magazine’s MIPCOM conference.

The previous night saw Tiffany Hsiung represent documentary by winning the DGC Award for Best Short Film for Sing Me a Lullaby. The short is Hsiung’s personal journey 15 years in the making that examines her mother’s adoption and roots in Taiwan. Sing Me a Lullaby previously won the Share Her Journey Award at TIFF and joins Inconvenient Indian as one of the films standing out on the fall circuit.

Other DGC Award winners included Schitt’s Creek and Transplant. The dramatic feature film awards will be handed out tonight. Latimer is also nominated for the DGC Discovery Award to be handed out tonight, as are Aisling Chin=Yee and Chase Joynt for their doc No Ordinary Man, along with Tracey Deer for the drama Beans and Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli for the horror flick Violation.

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