Friday May 10th - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
21c Main Gallery Stage

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This panel will discuss and highlight the inclusion of Indigenous stories in film, and the importance of having indigenous people involved in the creative process. The panel will feature industry professionals and film talent that work behind and in front of the camera.


Haroula Rose

Haroula Rose is a writer, director and musician from Chicago and currently based in New York. Her short films, videos, and pilot have screened across the world. Her work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship to Madrid, Spain, Warners Brother Directors Workshop, Tribeca All Access, WarnerMedia's Project 150, and Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. As a singer-songwriter she has toured internationally and her songs can be heard in many tv series, films and commercials. ONCE UPON A RIVER is her directorial debut, and her screenplay is adapted from the best selling novel of the same. She is currently in development on a television series and two upcoming feature films.

Ajuawak Kapashesit

Ajuawak Kapashesit is an actor, director, and writer for the stage, film, and television who has been working as a performer since 2016. His television credits include Bad Blood Season 2 (NETFLIX) and Outlander Season 4 (STARZ). Film credits include the short film Shinaab (Sundance 2017, TIFF 2017), and Shinaab Pt II (TIFF 2018, Sundance 2019), both written and directed by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Wild Indian), as well as Indian Horse (TIFF 2017) directed by Stephen Campanelli (Momentum, Grand Isle) and Once Upon a River written and directed by Haroula Rose (2019).

Kenadi DelaCerna

Kenadi DelaCerna is an up and coming actress who plays the leading heroine, Margo Crane in Once Upon a River. The arts have always been a part of Kenadi’s life. She attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a performing arts high school in Jacksonville, FL and went on to attend and graduate from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA), a private acting college in New York City. Kenadi spent time in Salt Lake City Utah, Dallas Texas and Jacksonville Florida in her youth, and now resides in The Bronx, New York.

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novels Once Upon a River, a National Bestseller, and Q Road. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collections include American Salvage, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Women and Other Animals, which won the AWP prize for short fiction, and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Autumn 2015). Her story “The Smallest Man in the World” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and her story “The Inventor, 1972″ was awarded the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from Southern Review. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.