HOMECON: 2nd Edition is only a few days away. This edition will feature an Indigenous Sci-Fi/Horror panel. The stars and director of the zombie film Blood Quantum will be on hand along with the directors of Night Raiders and Slash/Back to talk about Indigenous people in these genres.

Jeff Barnaby of Blood Quantum, Danis Goulet of Night Raiders, and Nyla Innuksuk of Slash/Back will be in attendance. The panel will also include Blood Quantum cast members Michael Greyeyes, Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), Kiowa Gordon, Hualapai tribe of Northern Arizona, and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers,  Blackfoot and Sámi who starred in both Blood Quantum and Night Raiders.

THE FILMS

Indigenous filmmakers took matters into their own hands and started making movies that put Indigenous people in futuristic and dystopian worlds.   This is due to a lack of representation in mainstream film and television about the future.  Like most Indigenous films, Barnaby incorporates Native political and social issues into this films.  So this HOMECON panel should be pretty lively.  

Barnaby is a Mi’kmaq film director who grew up on the Listuguj reserve in Quebec, Canada.  Blood Quantum was recently released worldwide on different streaming platforms.  Jeff Ewing at Forbes.com calls the film, “the perfect pandemic quarantine film.”  You can watch the film in the US on Shudder. 

Innuksuk is an Inuit film director, writer, and producer.  Her film Slash/Back is about teen girls fighting in an alien invasion.  It is the first feature movie ever filmed in Pangnirtung, Nunavut.  Pangnirtung is an Inuit hamlet, Qikiqtaaluk Region, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.  The film is currently in post-production.

Goulet is a Métis/Cree filmmaker from Saskatchewan, now residing in Toronto.  Her film Night Raiders, set in the future, follows a mother (Tailfeathers) who joins an underground band of vigilantes to try and rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.  The film is executive produced by Taika Waititi and is currently in post-production.

HOW TO WATCH

HOMECON is broadcast live on Twitch.  You do not need a subscription to watch the panel, but the subscription comes with ad-free viewing.  You can also purchase one-on-one chats with special guests, VIP packages that puts you at the front of the line for those one-on-ones, and there’s also merchandise!  It’s like a live con you go to, but in your home! 

All proceeds from HOMECON: 2nd Edition will go to First Responders First.  Donations to #FirstRespondersFirst will provide essential supplies, equipment, child care, food, mental health support and other resources for protecting frontline healthcare workers and their patients.

Check out HOMECON at their official website or on the HOMECON Twitch channel. HOMECON: 2nd Edition happens this weekend, May 16-17. 

The Indigenous Sci-Fi/Horror panel will air on Sunday, May 17 at 12 PM Eastern Time.

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