The IM4 Lab
The IM4 Lab was created by Indigenous filmmaker, Loretta Todd, alongside media matriarchs Doreen Manuel, Cease Wyss, and Tracey Kim Bonneau. In collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, IM4 offers workshops and training for Indigenous peoples in XR. IM4 is dedicated to Indigenizing VR/AR/360 by enabling Indigenous communities to find effective ways to incorporate these technologies into educational, cultural, language, artistic and commercial applications.
We support Indigenous artists and media professionals by providing immersive learning and production opportunities and building an Indigenized tech ecosystem. Our governance structure is based upon respect and reciprocity, which also honours Indigenous diversity of expression. At the core of the IM4 Lab is the guidance of media matriarchs, who bring experience and commitment to serving the community.
IM4 Matriarchs Bios
Loretta Todd (Métis Cree Canadian) is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker who conceived of and developed the IM4 Lab. She is the creator and producer of Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a children’s series about Indigenous science for APTN. She is the director of the feature film Monkey Beach, currently in post-production. As well, she has been actively engaged in digital media, from creating and producing language apps, games and transmedia projects. She belongs to what has been classified as the second wave of First Nation Canadian film directors and has been internationally recognised for her non- fiction work, which strives to express the lived experiences of First Nations peoples and communities through their own voices. Her films have screened at the Sundance Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, ImagineNative, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Cease Wyss is a Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/ Hawaiian/Swiss media artist with close to 25 years experience in this field. She has produced various formats of media art, as well as being a mentor in her field for close to 15 years. She recently co-authored Journey to Kaho’olawe, covering more than two centuries of the Kanaka family’s migration to the Pacific Northwest coast, and was also a recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for film and new media in 2010. She is also an ethno-botanist, traditionally trained in this field by Indigenous Elders. Her work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as her means to sharing knowledge.
Doreen Manuel is the sixth child of Grand Chief Dr. George Manuel and Marceline Manuel. Doreen is a graduate of the Aboriginal Film and Television Diploma Program (AFTP) at Capilano University and now the Director of the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program at Capilano University. She has an extensive background working in First Nations education and community development in both rural and urban centers. Doreen comes from a long line of oral historians and factual storytellers from her First Nations traditional background. She is the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Medal Award for academic excellence for her studies in AFTP; and Women in Film & Television Leadership in Education Award. She holds a MFA from the Film Department at UBC.
Tracey Kim Bonneau is a Matriarch with the IM4 Lab. Her advisory role is to build capacity in the world or VR and assist with building capacity in communities. Tracey is a multiple award winning veteran documentary Director/Writer/Producer with extensive experience in project management. Her expertise is building highly effective teams and creating multi-platform projects. Tracey is a member of the Syilx Nation/Okanagan, born and raised on the Penticton Indian Reserve in British Columbia, Canada. Tracey’s work is known to be future-oriented with innovation. Her documentaries are known to be hard hitting and are currently being utilized by University of British Columbia (UBCO). Her company Of the Land Productions Inc. specializes in quality productions featuring Indigenous stories. Her most recent accomplishment is 26 episodes which currently air on APTN (Quest OutWest – Wild Food.) Tracey has in-depth experience as a journalist in print, radio and television.