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Fire Song at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival: Two-Spirit Reelness Spotlight
August 18, 2016- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a screening of FIRE SONG, in which a young Anishinaabe man must choose between staying in his community or exploring the world beyond.
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Vancouver Queer Film Festival, along with guest curator Harlan Pruden ofTwo Spirit Journal, present Two‐Spirit REELness – a three‐film spotlight and workshop on Indigenous stories, sponsored by Vancity. Thank you to our Community Partners: Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Gvncs Two-Spirit, Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro, UBC Jane Rule Endowment, andTwo Spirit Journal. Details about the spotlight: http://
Fire Song, the first feature from writer/director Adam Garnet Jones, debuted at TIFF to rave reviews last year and won two different audience awards while making its way around the festival circuit. We’re bringing it back to Vancouver by popular demand.
On a northern Ontario Anishinaabe reserve plagued by a high suicide rate, Shane (Andrew Martin), a closeted high school senior, dreams of leaving for university in Toronto, but money is tight. As Shane tries to deal with the loss of his sister, he is faced with the choice between his family and his future, while also trying to be true to himself. Martin, a young Mohawk actor from Six Nations in Ontario, the largest First Nations reserve in Canada, shines in his debut performance. So does Mary Galloway as his girlfriend Tara, a role that garnered her a Leo nomination.
A filmmaker of both Cree and Métis heritage, Jones is based in Toronto but is no stranger to Vancouver or the VQFF. Over the last 10 years, he has injected his films with outstanding craftsmanship and dedication to Two-Spirit themes.
Fire Song | Adam Garnet Jones | Canada | 2015 | 85 min