Streel Films is an independent production company based in Toronto, Canada. Founded by Michelle Latimer in 2008, the company is focused on the development and production of innovative, socially conscious, character-driven films.
In 2009 Streel Films released the award-winning documentary, Jackpot. The film premiered at the Hot Docs Film Festival and received two Golden Sheaf Awards for Best POV documentary and Outstanding Emerging Filmmakers. Jackpot was also nominated for the 2011 Donald Britton Gemini Award for Best Social Political Documentary.
In 2011, Michelle Latimer’s animated short film Choke premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Special Jury Honourable Mention in Intl Short Filmmaking before going on to screen internationally. Choke was nominated for a 2012 Genie Award and was named by the Toronto Film Festival among Canada’s Top Ten films of 2011.
A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film & new media as a tool for social change. She is interested in exploring how sound and image can transform space to create a visceral experience that lends itself to greater cultural awareness and understanding. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity”, and are often experiments of creative form expressed from a personal point of view. While her work is informed by her own Indigenous heritage, she is most concerned with how global communities express views of individual, collective and other, and how cultural identity is articulated through these evolving perceptions.
Most recently Michelle directed and produced the short animated film Choke (2012 Genie Nomination: Best Animated Short Film). Choke premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received the Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention for Best International Short Film before going on to screen internationally. She is currently in production on the documentary feature Alias (Shaw Media) and is collaborating with acclaimed filmmaker Peter Mettler, to develop a hybrid-genre feature film about Canada’s only female, dangerous offender. In 2012 she was named among 15 producers chosen to participate in the Toronto Film Festival’s inaugural STUDIO Producers Program. Previously she participated in the Toronto Film Festival’s Talent Lab where she mentored under filmmakers, Danny Boyle, Don McKellar and Miranda July. Michelle is the recipient of a Yorkton Festival: Golden Sheaf Award for Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker.
As an actor Michelle specializes in contemporary movement and has performed in groundbreaking new works with companies such as: Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour & Modern Times. In 2011 she starred in Theatrefront’s theatrical repertory production The Mill that went on to win 4 Dora Awards, including one for Best Independent Production. Most recently Michelle is playing a recurring role on Season 2 of APTN’s critically acclaimed drama Blackstone, and is an industry panelist for CBC’s Short Film Faceoff, a nationally televised series celebrating innovations in short filmmaking.
As a curator, Michelle is the senior programmer for the ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. She also programs for the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and is a programming advisor for Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque and Regent Park Film Festival. Her curatorial focus has been on Indigenous New Media & Cinema from a global perspective. She has curated special programs for the Taiwan Indigenous Festival, The Indigenous Film Archive of Nepal and ImagineNATIVE’s Spotlight on South Africa’s First People, the Khoi-San.