Gathering Our Nations Documentary

At the end of August, the bi-annual Gathering Our Nations suicide prevention cultural camp took place again at the Hiellen Longhouse campground on the North end of Haida Gwaii; an absolutely amazing weekend full of connections, food, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I was brought in by organizer Harmony Williams to create a short documentary that hopefully can capture just a small taste of the magic and inspire others who may want to put on their own events elsewhere.

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Virtual Totems Documentary

Earlier this week I was contacted by filmmaker Helen Haig-Brown to come on board to help shoot a series of interviews with Haida carvers Jaalen Edenshaw and Guujaaw as they talk about the significance of Haida poles.

The project was commissioned by the Royal Museum of British Columbia to help educate people on the history and context of Haida poles that are showcased, but have very little information about.

The first day focused on Jaalen Edenshaw in his carving shed up in Masset.

The second day took up down to the ancestral village of Ḵ’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), a Haida Heritage Site, where Guujaaw (Gidansda) chief of that village told the history of the village to a fellow young clan member.

Storyhive Youth Filmmaking Workshop

Earlier this month I was contacted by Reel2Reel, an amazing youth film festival and skills development organization based out of Vancouver, BC. I have worked with R2R in the past on a youth film workshop, and they brought me on board to co-facilitate another one in Prince George, BC.

The morning that I was set to take off, I met my wonderful co-facilitators Jeff Chiba Stearns and Kellen Jackson; we loaded up our gear and hopped a straight flight north.

Day 1 of 3

We got to meet our students and spent most of the day going over the fundamentals of filmmaking and planning out their films. Everyone broke off into two groups, a documentary crew and a scripted narrative crew.

Day 2 of 3

Both teams took off into the wild to go film their stories. The documentary crew went out to a highway first responders facility (where one of the team members worked), and the other went to a convenience store across town to film their masterpiece.

Day 3 of 3

With a full day of filming under their belts and the public screening later on in the evening, the teams got to work on what would be a long day of editing.

The Screening

Family and friends of all of the filmmakers attended which made for a friendly and exciting premiere of the films. Each team introduced their films and followed them up with Q&A’s with the audience which was a great experience.

Everyone who attended this workshop did such a fantastic job and worked tirelessly throughout the weekend – I see a bright future in film for many of them.

Terri-Lynn Supernatural Beings Music Videos

Over the past year I have been so very fortunate to work with the immensely talented and driven Terri-Lynn William Davidson, who not only is one of the most accomplished indigenous lawyers in Canada, but also an amazing artist.

We came together to shoot several music videos through the fall of 2016 and summer of 2017 for her latest album “Grizzlybear Town”.

Below are just a few behind the scenes stills from several of the videos where Terri-Lynn is depicting the historical female supernatural beings of Haida Gwaii.

Landslide Woman

 

Foam Woman

 

Bill, Claire, and Terri-Lynn