“Stories of Mistassini” is a collection of stories featuring the land of La Ronge Saskatchewan and with youth participants, the students of Sentator Myles Venne School (SMVS), community members and elders of the Lac La Ronge area. Production mentorship by Ann Verrall and Janine Windolph. Performance mentorship by Michele Sereda. Project support by Trudy Stewart. Post Production by Ann Verrall.
The project includes seven videos; The Sightings, stories of the big rock: Marty Ballantyne, The Sightings: Behind the Scenes, Tristen Durocher Angela’s Offerings, Henry’s Tales and The Long Return. Special thank you to Viviana Arcand Ruiz, Vice Principal of SMVS.
Mispon appreciates the support of Elder Albert Ross, Elder Myles Charles and Ann Cook. This project was funded by Community Initiative Fund and Sask Culture/Sask Lotteries. Partnership with the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, Shortworks Production, Keewatin Career Development Corporation, the Northerner, and the Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation.
We hope you enjoy Stories of Mistassini!
The Sightings, 8:40 min, 2012. The Sightings is a narrative that was written, produced and directed by the participants of SMVS. A group of kids are hanging out and start sharing their paranormal experiences that led them seeking the wisdom of their elders.
The Sightings: Behind the Scenes, 5:07 min, 2012. This behind the scenes video features the work of the students and their coverage of their experiences. It also shares the processes and the people that helped make this video project and The Sightings.
Tristen Durocher, 7:34 min, 2012. This documentary features Tristen Durocher, a La Ronge resident who hails from Buffalo Narrows. This young man participates for the project’s music soundtrack and is interviewed about his passion for fiddles, Metis Traditional music, and landscape photography.
Angela’s Offerings, 5:33 min, 2012. This documentary features Angel Keller, a local who made La Ronge home since she was a child. She reflects on her father who was a prospector, and the connection she felt to the land and her relationship to the rocks.
The Long Return, 11:08 min, 2012. While working on the project, Ann Verral featured a documentary on Janine Windolph, production mentor from La Ronge. As an artist, Janine looks to the wisdom of her elders, the people and the land for inspiration on forming her identity.
Henry’s Tales, 4:23 min, 2012. The documentary features Henry Roberts who lives in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. On this day, Henry invites Janine, Ann and Michele over for tea and to share for the video, his memories and stories from his life on the land while reflecting on his knowledge and sharing his culture.
stories from the big rock: Marty Ballantyne, 6:24 min, 2012. This documentary features Marty Ballantyne and how his music draws from his northern culture.