World premiere of VR experience from First Nations filmmaker at prestigious Sundance festival

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By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com

A First Nations filmmaker can now cross off a major accomplishment on his bucket list.
Colin Van Loon, a member of Piikani Nation in Alberta, whose traditional name is Ahnahktsipiitaa, is the writer/director of This Is Not A Ceremony, a cinematic VR (Virtual Reality) experience which is being shown at the world-renowned Utah-based Sundance Film Festival.
This year’s festival, which begins today (Jan. 20) and continues until Jan. 30, is being staged virtually this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a filmmaker it’s been a lifelong dream to go to Sundance,” said Van Loon, who now lives on Westbank First Nation in...continued.

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