(Dega) Lazare (Mohawk) is an animator and director
of short films who has been making movies since he was thirteen.
In 2008 his animated short By the Rapids was selected by
Canada's Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to be developed
as a half-hour series for their fall season. He has interned at
Big Soul Productions, the Native youth media organization in Toronto
which produced Might of the Starchaser, an official selection
of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Lazare participated in CyberPowWow
2004, an interactive visual art exhibition, web-hosted by Oboro
Gallery of Montreal. In 2001 and 2002 Lazare won the Best Poster
award at the Toronto International Teen Movie Festival. Lazare
lives in his hometown of Kahnawake, Quebec, where he designs Mohawk-language
textbooks for schoolchildren.
"I began shooting film through Teioiaks, a program that
helps kids make movies, kind of like a film summer camp. I got
a great response and decided this is what I want to do. I intend
to keep on making movies that tell great stories while keeping
my unique artistic vision."
Screened by NMAI
Image credits: Joseph
(Dega) Lazare - courtesy of the filmmaker; Joseph (Dega) Lazare
- courtesy of the filmmaker