May 6 @ 12:45 pm – 2:55 pm
Canada | Drama | 86 min | United States Premiere | English | English Subtitles | English Closed Captions
Forced into residential school, Aline Spears and her siblings are plunged into a fight for survival that shapes the Spears family for generations.
In Attendance: Marie Clements (Director, Writer, Executive Producer), Trish Dolman (Executive Producer), Christine Haebler (Executive Producer), and stars Grace Dove, Carla-Rae
Moderator: Jennifer Loren (Senior Director at Cherokee Film)
Marie Clements, Trish Dolman, Christine Haebler, Sam Grana, Aaron Gilbert, Steven Thibault, Noah Segal
Maxime Lahaie, Roderick Deogrades CCE, Greg Ng CCE
Vince Arvidson CSC
Grace Dove, Phillip Forest Lewitski, Rémy Girard, Karine Vanasse, Alyssa Wapanatâhk, Angus Macfadyen, Michelle Thrush, Gail Maurice, Carla Rae, Cara Gee, Joshua Odjick, Patrick Garrow, Eric Gustafsson, Kevin Loring
Jesse Zubot, Wayne Lavallee
A renowned writer, director and producer whose decorated career has spanned film, TV, radio and live performance, Marie Clements is a Métis/Dene filmmaker and the founder of MCM, a production company specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that ignite an Indigenous and intercultural reality. Her multi-award-winning films have screened internationally at Cannes, TIFF, MOMA, VIFF, the Whistler Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival and the imagineNATIVE Film Festival.
Marie’s current slate includes the NFB documentary feature Lay Down Your Heart and the feature film and five-part, hour-long drama Bones of Crows for CBC, Radio-Canada, and APTN. Her dramatic feature debut, Red Snow, received numerous awards, including Most Popular Canadian Feature at VIFF, Best Canadian Feature at EIFF, Best Achievement in Film at LA Skins Fest in Los Angeles, Best Director at the American Indian Film Festival and Best Production, Best Director, and Best Writer at the Women in Film & TV Festival.
Marie’s 2017 feature music documentary The Road Forward, produced by the NFB, premiered at Hot Docs, opened the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, closed the imagineNATIVE Film Festival and received multiple awards for production, directing and screenwriting. The Road Forward has screened at more than 300 venues in North America.
Aside from her many film credits, nominations and awards, Marie has personally been honoured with nominations from the Writers Guild and the Directors Guild of Canada. She is a recipient of the WFF Women on Top Award and the WIFTV Spotlight Impact Award, and is a 2019 Telefilm Canada Birks Diamond Tribute to Women in Film recipient.
Secwépemc actress and director Grace Dove rose to international relevance with Alejando González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and has since played leads in the features, How It Ends and Monkey Beach, an adaptation of Eden Robinson’s novel of the same name. Herdirectorial debut, Kiri and The Girl, premiered at VIFF and SDIFF. She stars as Aline Spears, the leading role in Marie Clements’ 5-part series and feature film Bones of Crows. Dove stars opposite Hilary Swank in the ABC network series Alaska Daily from director/writer Tom McCarthy.
Carla-Rae, is an American, SAG, AFTRA and AEA, actress. Born in upstate New York Carla-Rae is of Seneca/Mohawk (Iroquois) French Canadian descent. She has had the privilege of working with renowned actors and directors to the likes of Wes Studi, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lasse Halstrom, and Chris Eyre. She recently co-starred with Michael Greyeyes and Ed Helms in the Peacock Original series Rutherford Falls.
On stage she is part of the Native Voices at the Autry Ensemble. Carla-Rae has been part of many Native Voices play readings and world premiere plays such as Majel, in Diane Glancy’s The Birdhouse. She was cast in Yale Repertory Theater production of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play Manahatta where she received many positive reviews, for her roles as Bobbie/Mother, including Broadway World. Carla-Rae was called upon to audition for the role of Older Aline in the series/movie Bones of Crows by Marie Clements in November of 2021. Having worked with Marie on a staged reading of her play Tombs of the Vanishing Indian at Native Voices Carla-Rae was thrilled to be asked to step into the role.
She is scripted for a new role in a film The Brand Inspector to be shot this fall in New Mexico. Carla-Rae is represented by Lynette O’Connor of The O’Agency, Albuquerque, NM.
Trish Dolman, founded Screen Siren Pictures in 1997 and is a leading Western Canadian feature film, documentary, television, and digital media producer and director. With more than 30 feature film, television and documentary credits over her career, her projects have won acclaim, awards and have screened at various marquee international festivals.
Trish’s recent producer credits include the upcoming 5-part limited series/feature film hybrid Bones of Crows from award-winning filmmaker and playwright Marie Clements, for CBC, Radio-Canada, APTN, and Elevation Pictures; REVIVAL69: The Concert that Changed the World, a feature documentary about the 1969 rock and roll revival music festival in Toronto for CRAVE, Photon and Myriad Pictures, British Columbia — An Untold History, a landmark documentary series told from diverse and pluralistic perspectives which premiered to great acclaim on Knowledge Network in 2021, received 5 CSA nominations, won 5 Leo Awards and a BC History Society award; French Exit, a feature film adaptation of the novel by Canadian author Patrick DeWitt, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges for Sony Classics and Sony Worldwide that earned Pfeiffer a Golden Globe nomination in 2021 along with a Canadian Screen Awards win for Best Actress; the feature documentary The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (premiere at TIFF 2020, winner of Vancouver Critics Circle Award for Best BC Documentary); Citizen Bio, a feature-length documentary she directed about the subculture of biohacking (Showtime Networks); Indian Horse, an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, which was the most successful English-Canadian theatrical release of 2018; and Canada In A Day, for which Trish won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Director, Documentary, executive produced by Ridley Scott and inspired by Kevin Macdonald’s Life in a Day.
In 2003, Trish was the youngest recipient of Women in Film & Video Vancouver’s Woman of the Year Award and received Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s La Grande Dame Woman of Distinction. In 2010 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun. In 2019, she received the Douglas Dales Industry Builder award from Sim Video and was nominated for the 2021 Indiescreen CMPA Established Producer award and for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
In the film business since 1983, Christine Haebler started off in production on various big budget US studio films. She then moved into producing in 1995 and earned a Best Motion Picture Genie nomination for Hard Core Logo. The film was picked up by Quentin Tarantino for distribution through Miramax. She teamed up with Trish Dolman and Screen Siren Pictures to produce Daydream Nation (2010) starring Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas and Andie MacDowell, followed by Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) with Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgård. She developed and produced the multi-award-winning feature film Indian Horse (2018), an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s own award-winning novel. The film was executive produced by Clint Eastwood. Christine also produced the 10-part TV mini-series Terminal City for Channel 4 and the 5-part kids miniseries Clue for Hasbro. She recently produced French Exit, the feature adaptation of Canadian author Patrick DeWitt’s acclaimed novel with Elevation Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. She produced Dev Patel’s directorial debut that he also stars in for Netflix entitled Monkey Man, which will be released in Dec 2022. She is currently producing and exec producing Bones of Crows, a feature film and dramatic miniseries for Elevation Pictures and the CBC, from award-winning Indigenous filmmaker, Marie Clements.
Jennifer Loren is an award-winning filmmaker and senior director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. Jennifer passionately leads a staff of nearly 30 content creators and other staff, whose mission is to protect and share the authentic Cherokee experience, culture and history, through film, tv and the metaverse and to increase the presence of Native Americans in every level of the film and tv industries.