Screening as part of the Independent Visions mispon curatorial mentorship screening in partnership with the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.
Canada, 2014, 10 minutes
The life story of a First Nations sex worker is conveyed via a ragged daytime dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Wayne Wapeemukwa follows up VIFF 2014’s devastating Luk’Luk’I : Mother with this inspired collaboration with non-actress (but magnetic screen presence) Angel Gates and composer Cris Derksen. As camera, subject and unwitting passersby engage in an elaborate dance, we experience one woman’s anguish and ecstasy.
Wayne Wapeemukwa is a Métis filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada. He attained a B.A. from the University of British Columbia while undergoing a Lacanian analysis and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at the New School for Social Research, New York. He has premiered his last two short films at consecutive Toronto International Film Festivals: Foreclosure (2013) & Luk’Luk’I : Mother (2014). This summer he will be premiering his next title, Balmoral Hotel (2014), at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase. Inspired by a radical hope for a more equal and sovereign future, Wayne aspires to keep filming stories and volatilizing desire in order to contribute his personal definition to film form.