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Amanda Strong

Amanda Strong

“Through acts of reclamation and collaboration we are telling our own stories, in our own voice, lifting up and empowering the future of Indigenous storytelling in film.” So reads the mission statement of Amanda Strong’s production company, Spotted Fawn Productions. A filmmaker of Cree/Métis and European ancestry, Strong gives vital expression to Indigenous oral traditions in artful “hybrid docs” like Four Faces of the Moon. When Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin was given the 2016 Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association, she bequeathed the cash prize to Strong, acknowledging the young artist’s important contribution to contemporary Indigenous cinema. Strong’s use of stop-motion puppetry has drawn comparisons to the work of Tim Burton.