Red Carpet Gala Opening & Reception

c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
No Reservations by Trevor Carroll
Reel IndiGenuity! Presented by TELUS

Walk the red carpet! Photobomb a friend or Instagram from our Step & Repeat! The glitterati of the Indigenous film Industry are out in their finery to celebrate the opening of our festival within a festival! A feature, a short and the world premiere of locally shot snapchat shorts – produced entirely on a cell phone! It’s a celluloid delight! Catered reception and cash bar.


c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city
Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

c̓ əsnaʔəm, the city before the city commemorates five years since the resolution of a dramatic and compelling moment in the history of this place now known as metro Vancouver. In late 2011, the Musqueam First Nation learned that a 108-unit condo development was being planned at one of their ancestral village sites without prior consultation with the nation. The ancient site, dating back over 4,000 years, has always been known to Musqueam as c̓ əsnaʔəm, but has commonly been referred to as the Eburne Midden, the Marpole Midden, the Great Fraser Midden, and DhRs-1.

Not long after discovering the news of the planned condo development, Musqueam learned that ancestral remains were unearthed during an archeological “investigation” prior to development. This led Musqueam community members, of all walks of life, to physically halt construction by holding vigil at the site round the clock for over 200 days – while Musqueam, the City of Vancouver, the BC provincial government and the condo developers struggled to find resolution.

Through the voices of the Musqueam First Nation, c̓ əsnaʔəm, the city before the city shares deeply-rooted community knowledge of Musqueam’s living culture and ongoing relationship with their ancestral and unceded territory now known as metro Vancouver.


No Reservations
Directed by Trevor Carroll

Social commentary inspired by true-life events, giving a hypothetical look at what life would be like if the roles in Standing Rock were reversed. Protests erupt as an upper-middle class Caucasian neighborhood attempts to thwart the construction of a pipeline from an Indigenous Corporation.

Starring Lorne Cardinal as Joseph Stillwater, No Reservations aims to provide an alternative point of view of the political threads that have become so tense after the events in North Dakota. Bravely challenging its viewer from the perspective of both First Nations and Caucasian. (11 mins)


Reel IndiGenuity!
Presented by TELUS

Reel IndiGenuity! is a Mentorship Program which pairs Indigenous youth with established filmmakers to create short films capturing both image and sound using only an iPhone and Snapchat. Made over a 2-3 day period during the height of the festival, these new and innovative short films (1-2 minutes in length) promise to be exciting, dynamic, surprising, and innovative!



Date & Time: February 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm  (Q&A to follow screening)
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8)
Price: $13.00 (Adult) | $10.00 (Student/Senior/Accessible) | $9.00 (Youth 18 and under)

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