Darlene Naponse

Darlene Naponse is an Ojibway woman from Atikameksheng - Whitefish Lake First Nation in Northern Ontario, Canada. She is a writer, director, producer and poet. She is an independent filmmaker creating "Rez-Style" films.

Darlene’s short films have screened in different film/video festivals across Mother Earth, including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001/2002. She recently finished her first feature entitled "Cradlesong" which Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2003. Her work has also been broadcasted on National and International Television.

Darlene owns and operates Pine Needle Blankets Productions an Ojibway Multi-Media Production company, located in Whitefish Lake First Nation, in Northern Ontario. For the last 4 years, Pine Needle Blankets serves the needs of a Native and Northern clientele, creating professional broadcast productions and producing high profile projects.

Darlene is currently working on 2-1/2 hr. short films and writing her next feature.

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Artist Code: 531


Cyclic Roots

2007, 04:30 minutes, colour, No Dialogue

The Post

2006, 10:00 minutes, colour, English and Ojibway with English subtitles


2005, 04:00 minutes, colour, English


2004, 03:30 minutes, colour, English

Waiting for the Ice to Melt

2003, 05:15 minutes, colour, English


2003, 72:00 minutes, colour, English

$4 Indian

2001, 02:00 minutes, colour, English


2001, 05:10 minutes, colour, English

Abandoned Houses on the Reservation

2000, 02:26 minutes, colour, English

Black Water Creek

1998, 11:00 minutes, B&W, English

it never happened...

1997, 04:20 minutes, B&W, English

Critical Writing

Elemental Invasions
by Jessica Wyman. Invasions. A media arts exchange., 2004. Toronto: Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, 2004.
Canadians make themselves seen and heard: Crazy for Fubar
by Jim Holt. The National Post, Jan. 14, 2002.
Native artist to be featured at expose: Short film festival part...
by Diane Gilhula. Northern Life, Aug. 7, 2002.
A Story in Six Parts
by Lara Bradley. The Sudbury Star, Aug. 24, 2001.