2013 Program Guide
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SPIRIT OF THE BLUEBIRD
A short film by Jesse Gouchey & Xstine Cook.
5 min 49 sec
Using spray paint on a fence and garage where Aboriginal mother and grandmother Gloria Black Plume was brutally murdered in 1999, Cree artist Jesse Gouchey paints a large scale animation of a bluebird in flight. The beauty and freedom of the bluebird’s motion is contrasted with remembrances of Gloria’s surviving family members, who give an emotional glimpse of a woman lost to violence and the injustice of the legal system.
‘Spirit of the Bluebird’ is a tribute to a woman who embodied the bluebird spirit and speaks to deeper themes of the ongoing mistreatment of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples by the criminal justice system, and the long term negative effects of the Residential School system.
Music by Kainai singer Jonathan Tall Man, Gloria Black Plume’s gifted nephew, weaves effortlessly throughout.
Directed by: Xstine Cook & Jesse Gouchey
Animation by: Jesse Gouchey
Edited by: Neil Eveson
Produced by: Calgary Animated Objects Society
SPIRIT OF THE BLUEBIRD UPCOMING SCREENINGS
ImagineNATIVE, Oct 19-23, 2011
New Orleans Film Festival, Oct 14-20, 2011
Antimatter Film Festival, October 14-22, 2011
WNDX Festival in Winnipeg, Sept 30 @ 9:00 pm
Toronto International Film Festival, Sept 13 @ 7:30, Sept 14 @ 2:30
Biindigaate Aboriginal Film Festival, Sept 23-25, 2011
Commffest Global Community Film Festival,Sept 22-25, 2011
Williamsburg IFF, Sept 22-25, 2011
Naperville Independent Film Festival, Sept 17-24, 2011
Cinefest Sudbury, Sept 17-25, 2011
Animazing Spotlight, nominated for Best of Fest, Sept 17-18, 2011
NW Animation Festival – Best of the Fest, Sept 10, 2011
SF Shorts, Sept 8-10, 2011
Brainwash, Sept 3, 9, 10, 2011
New York City International Film Festival, Aug 18-24, 201
Grand Rapids Film Festival, Aug 10-12, 2011
Roxbury International Film Festival, July 28-31, 2011
Janison Short Sharp Film Festival, Runner up – Best Animation
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