Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) is a director, programmer
and freelance editor. In 2005 his film Meskanahk (My Path)
won the Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Emerging Talent at
the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, and Nikamowin
(Song) received ImagineNATIVE's Best Experimental and Best
Indigenous Language Production awards in 2007. It also received
the Short Film and Video Award at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
International Film and Video Festival in 2008, and had its US
Premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Burton's 2007 short,
Writing the Land, received the Gerry Brunet Award at the
2008 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Burton was trained at the
Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program (formerly the
Aboriginal Film & TV Production Training program) at Capilano
University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and he has worked
as a program assistant at the Native and Indigenous Initiatives
program at the Sundance Institute. Kevin is originally from God's
Lake Narrows First Nation in Manitoba, Canada.
"My greatest goal is to create a fluid connection between
'traditional' and technological ideas, so that the word 'contemporary'
becomes diminished to the mere segregation that it really isthen
we can start creating from self-expression other than self-definition."
Screened by NMAI
Kevin Lee Burton - courtesy of the filmmaker; Kevin Lee Burton
- courtesy of the filmmaker