Director: Adam Garnet Jones
Runtime: 85 min
Festival year: 2016
Fire Song, the first feature from writer/director Adam Garnet Jones, debuted at TIFF to rave reviews last year and won two different audience awards while making its way around the festival circuit. We’re bringing it back to Vancouver by popular demand.
On a northern Ontario Anishinaabe reserve plagued by a high suicide rate, Shane (Andrew Martin), a closeted high school senior, dreams of leaving for university in Toronto, but money is tight. As Shane tries to deal with the loss of his sister, he is faced with the choice between his family and his future, while also trying to be true to himself. Martin, a young Mohawk actor from Six Nations in Ontario, the largest First Nations reserve in Canada, shines in his debut performance. So does Mary Galloway as his girlfriend Tara, a role that garnered her a Leo nomination.
A filmmaker of both Cree and Métis heritage, Jones is based in Toronto but is no stranger to Vancouver or the VQFF.
Screening Sponsors: Cineplex, Modo, UBC CSIS
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