Still from Mino Bimaaddiziwin
Still from Mino Bimaaddiziwin

Mino Bimaadiziwin

by Ishkwaazhe Shane McSauby
A trans Anishinaabe man meets a young Anishinaabe woman who pushes both of them to reconnect with their Indigenous culture.
2018  ·  10m  ·  United States
English, Odawa
English subs
About the Film
A love story about identity, decolonization, acceptance and returning home again. Jim, a trans Anishinaabe man who has lost connection to his culture, meets a mysterious Anishinaabe woman who helps him feel welcomed back to the circle.
Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

Festivals and Awards
ancouver International Film Festival, Official Selection
Traverse City Film Festival, Special Mention Award
LA Skins Fest, Nominated, Best Short Film
ImagineNative Film Festival, Official Selection
Santa Fe Film Festival, Official Selection
Māoriland Film Festival, Official Selection
Grand Rapids Film Festival, Official Selection
The Eclipse Awards, Nominated, Best Director of a Short Film
Nominated, Best Short Film, Nominated, Best Short Film
Indigenous Film Festival, Official Selection
Grand Rapids Film Festival, Official Selection
Grand Rapids Feminist Festival, Official Selection
HollyShorts Film Festival, Official Selection
Soo Film Festival, Official Selection
Red Nation International Film Festival, Nominated, Best Short
American Indian Film Festival, Official Selection
Blow Up International Arthouse Film Festival, Official Selection
Indigenous International Film Festival, Official Selection
TIDE International Film Festival, Official Selection
Blackhorse Lowe
Shaandiin Tome
Carese Bartlett
Soundtrack Composer
Kayla Briet
Alphonse Pitawanakwat
Shane McSauby
Production Designer
Jenny Lasko
Sound Design
Sara Jo Tchozewski
Cleo Keahna and Grace Dove
About the Director

Ishkwaazhe Shane McSauby

Ishkwaazhe Shane McSauby
Ishkwaazhe Shane McSauby

Ishkwaazhe Shane McSauby is a citizen of the Gichi Wiikwedong Odawa Anishinaabek (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.) He was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received a Bachelor’s Degree in filmmaking at Grand Valley State University in December of 2015.

In 2016, Ishkwaazhe became the first Sundance Institute & Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow for his script Mino Bimaadiziwin which included participating in the Sundance Institute’s Native Filmmakers Lab in Santa Fe, NM. Shane completed his short film Mino Bimaadiziwin in October of 2017. Mino Bimaadiziwin has screened at film festivals such as Vancouver International Film Festival and Traverse City Film Festival and has been nominated for Best Short Film and Best Direction at the Eclipse Awards.

Ishkwaazhe is currently in his third year of the MFA program in Writing/Directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Ishkwaazhe spends his downtime writing,  staying active in the Native community, learning traditional stories and life-ways and advocating for Native rights. He is interested in passing his knowledge of filmmaking down to tribal youth through interactive workshops.




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