CLOSING NIGHT FILM.
JUNE 17, 2016. 6:00 PM.
Discussion follows with director Adam Garnet Jones and actors Harley Legarde & Andrew Martin. Moderated by Jason Ryle, Executive Director, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
ORIGINAL TITLE: FIRE SONG
DIRECTOR: Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/Danish).
Date completed: 2015
Film Category: Documentary
Length of Film: 96 min
For Mature Audiences.
When a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community, it's up to her brother Shane to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for University in the fall, and he has been trying to convince his secret boyfriend to come with him, but now everything is uncertain. Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city. He pushes through barrier after barrier, determined to take care of his mom and earn money for school. But when circumstances take a turn for the worse, Shane must choose between his familyor his future.
Adam Garnet Jones is a Canadian writer, editor and director of Cree and Métis heritage whose work includes over 20 short films that have been broadcast on television and the big screen, and have received positive international response. Jones grew up in Alberta and British Columbia before moving to Toronto, Ontario to study at Ryerson University, from which he received a B.F.A. in film studies. "Fire Song" was his feature length directorial debut.