Two-Spirit Archives and Imaginaries: indigenous video from 1994 to 2017
MEDIAQUEER.CA presents a special collaboration with Présence Autochtone/First Peoples Festival on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, 6PM and 8PM, at the Cinema De Seve, 1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3G 2V8. FREE but please register here for your passes, or just show up 15 min early.
The late Clint Alberta’s Deep Inside Clint Star will be presented along with a programme of short works highlighting Two-Spirit and queer First Nations videos.
6:00pm Clint Alberta | 1999 | 89 min | NFB Deep Inside Clint Star brings us into the lives of some (extra)ordinary young people in his community. Métis filmmaker Clint Alberta plays the leading role of Clint Star who invites the viewer to meet his group of Native friends. Exploring issues of identity, sexuality and culture (and 500 years of oppression) with humour and grace, Alberta follows Hugo the punk-rocker, Becky, an unfortunate dreamer, Harvey, a young gay ma n who recently came out, and many others through the ups and downs of life. Known for his playful and creative style, Alberta does not disappoint with this documentary and is not afraid to turn the camera on himself. This special collaborative screening Deep Inside Clint Star (1999) is a ground-breaking feature documentary by Clint Alberta (aka Clint Tourangeau) and is part of Présence Autochtone as a commemoration of the 15th anniversary of this fiercely original and independent filmmaker’s work, life, and untimely death. The screening, courtesy of the NFB and made possible by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, will take place August 7, 2017, at 7PM at Concordia University. The screening of Deep Inside Clint Star will be followed by a programme of short films by First Nations and artists Kent Monkman, Thirza Cuthand, Terry Haines, and Zachery Longboy along with a selection from Wapikoni Mobile.
8:00PM MEDIAQUEER.CA presents Two Spirit Archives and Imaginaries, an exciting program of queer indigenous and Two-Spirit short films at Montréal’s First Peoples’ Festival/Présence Autochtone. Monday Aug. 7, 8PM, at Concordia University’s De Sève Cinema, 1400 de Maisonneuve West. Narrative fiction, performance, essay, documentary, and animation are each employed in the nine works programmed for this special collaboration with Présence Autochtone/First Peoples’ Festival. Following our special presentation of the late Clint Alberta’s Deep Inside Clint Star (1999, 89 min), the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec presents a program of shorts that covers an epochal shift in self-representation and moving image art by indigenous and Two-Spirit people of which Zachery Longboy’s 1994 short Water into Fire (10 min) is just one an early example. Well known to Montrealers for his unflagging presence as a painter and multi-media artist, Kent Monkman’s futurist coming-out tale – in the shadow of a dystopian plague – sets the tone for a screening that contains equal parts humour, audacity, and emotional impact. The power and trauma of the past meet with the empowerment and complexity of the various forms of “present” in Two-Spirit Archibes and Imaginaries, which proudly features the Montreal premiere of Thirza Cuthand’s 2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com (2017, 5min) and exceptional new queer works from Wapikoni Mobile, a Montreal-based video hub for young indigenous artists.
Future Nation (2005, 16min, Vtape) Kent Monkman
Water into Fire (1994, 10min, VideoPool) Zachery Longboy
2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com (2017, 5min, Vtape) Thirza Cuthand
Untouchable (1998, 4 min) Thirza Cuthand
Feeling Reserved: Alexus’ Story (2011, 6min, GIV) Jessica MacCormack + Alexus Young
Bloodstorm (2010, 9min, Video Out) Terry Haines
Selfie Queen (La Reine des égoportraits) (2017, 5min, Wapikoni) Melvin Gilpin, Robert Gilpin
The Hearing (2013, 5min, Wapikoni) Russell Ratt Brascoupé
Respecter la roue (2016, 5min, Wapikoni) Melissa Mollen Dupuis
In parallel, the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec will co-present Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things (Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa, 2016, 72 min) as part of the festival’s official selection.