I am the writer and producer for this very special film, River Of Silence. I hope to bring worldwide awareness to the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women and violence against all women. I not only want to raise awareness but I hope to inspire a call to action as this is a serious issue that has been going on for years with hundreds of missing and murdered people. River Of Silence moves into production in the spring of 2016. I am a Cree filmmaker from Northern Alberta. I have chosen to be a filmmaker because it is a powerful and creative medium to shed light upon the realities of the social issues that surround the world we live in today from an Indigenous perspective. The first short dramatic film I wrote and produced is titled “The Shifter”, a film that speaks to reclaiming power for an Indigenous woman.
Currently, I am also a full-time fourth year Motion Picture Arts student at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.
Micheal Auger, MDM
Hello, I am the Director for River Of Silence. I am of the ‘Sakaw Iywinoywak’ (People of the forests – Cree) of the northern region of the province of Alberta, Canada. I grew up listening to our elders and adults telling amazing, beautiful and sometimes very scary stories. And although I never watched tv until after the age of 5 with only one channel, I fell in love with the movies.
My own journey of production began with drawing in grade school, then photography as a teen. I did some acting after I moved to the city. Soon I studied filmmaking and worked briefly in TV news and documentary production. In 2004 I committed myself to telling our Indigenous peoples stories in narrative form and I haven’t looked back since.
In 2013 I completed a masters degree in Digital media (MDM) as a way to complement and enhance our storytelling skills in the modern world. And here we are today – on the verge of our first feature film, “River Of Silence”. Plans and preparations are well underway to go to camera in April 2016.
I am also very proud of the short film, “The Shifter” that my beautiful wife wrote and I directed. It has screened at the American Indian Film Festival and LA Skins Film Festival November 2o15. Our first serious foray into narrative drama was our 2009 short film, “The Old Stone Church” that I wrote, produced and directed. In between our narrative drama work we produce a wide variety of documentary and educational videos for many indigenous communities, organizations and businesses across Turtle Island.