Many lacrosse players and coaches often don’t know that the origins of the game of lacrosse has its roots in North American Indigenous nations.This short documentary provides a brief history of the sacred and cultural aspects of this sport, originally played for the Creator, as well as for the health and welfare of the people. The movie also defines the three types of North American, Indigenous lacrosse: Iroquois, Great Lakes, and Southeastern.
Canadian Documentary - Short Form
In February 2020, Sharon Day (Ojibwe) led a group of Water Walkers through the Arizona desert to walk for the Salt River. Through animation and live-shot footage footage, this documentary travels with the Salt River Water Walkers, describing this Indigenous-led ceremony as it creates community and builds relationships with the earth through the shared goal to care for the water.
With rodeo in their blood, two brothers and and their best friends from rural Saskatchewan spend the summer on the competitive circuit, supporting each other through success and failure. But life will soon change as their group’s leader leaves for college. Lift, Spur explores the meaning of friendship in times of transition, and the sometimes excruciating process of growing up and into oneself in a changing world.
Fotdella follows Canadian street musician Ryan Baer – influenced by San Francisco one-man-band legend Jesse Fuller – as he constructs instruments from salvaged junk and performs in markets, beach towns and underground spaces. Drifting from Lake Huron to Berlin, the film captures the solitudes and celebrations of nostalgic touring musicians who recycle 20th century blues, jazz and folk cultures.
TOMOMI ON THE FARM is an experimental documentary that creates an impressionistic and artistic experience cataloging the journey of a Japanese woman, Tomomi, who finds herself on a Saskatchewan elk farm during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solidarity Film Camp (SFC) is a film camp that aims to educate, empower, and inspire marginalized youth in the Edmonton community to share their stories and change the world through storytelling and film. (In this context, “marginalized youth” refers to femme, trans*, non-binary, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ identifying, and disabled youth, ages 14-24.) This film captures the pilot year of SFC, and focuses on why representation is so important in the film industry.