These diverse films make up this year's Alberta Spirit Shorts Package.
(RE)CLAIMING INDIAN STATUS
Directed by Lese Skidmore
The historical removal of Indigenous women’s Indian Status sheds light on the generational impact of colonialism and the loss of Indigenous kinship and identity for many individuals, families, and communities. This documentary short digs into their stories as they reclaim their Indian Status through their fight for the elimination of sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act.
Directed by Gabe Romero
After accidentally destroying an important piece of literature, two young publishing house employees must work throughout the night to try to piece together the remains of the destroyed manuscript in order to save their jobs.
Written, directed, and scored by Calgary filmmaker Gabe Romero, BERLIN CASTRO delves into the complicated relationship between translator and poetry. Watch Trailer
Directed by Kyle Terrence
Contemplating the teetering instability of Alberta’s hyper-masculine identity, BERTA BOYS explores the petrol-phallic culture and regionalisms (think roof-racks, lift-kits, oil-slogans and truck nuts) of the province, as the filmmaker and other fellow artists confront the masculine archetypes often found within themselves.
In an effort to explore the masculine archetypes found within themselves and unmask the twenty-first-century petrol cowboy, the three characters (and film's co-writers) meditate on the unrestricted behaviors that blend tragedy with absurdity. Watch Trailer
Directed by Weston Snider
A young man escaping his toxic family crosses paths with a person who can see things others can't. At first, he is unsure of the stranger and labels him a freak, but he soon finds out why he is different and quickly changes his perspective.
Made in Alberta, DICHROME is written and directed by 15-year-old Rosebud, AB resident Weston Snider. Watch Trailer
KEY OF T
Directed by Ashley Chugg
What happens when you have to choose between who you are and what you love? Choral singer Ari Agha is faced with this dilemma when they consider testosterone therapy, which could cost them their singing voice. A dire lack of research on the topic makes it an even tougher decision. KEY OF T is the story of their decision, the journey of their voice transition, and what they did with the result. Watch Trailer
Directed by Kaytlyn Turner
A black and white experimental short that follows a colonial trapper alone in the wild. Over many days, "the mother", "the crone", and "the siren" torment the trapper and force him to confront his violent past. Filmed in Calgary, THE MOTHER explores colonial themes and features music from local band, Ghostkeeper.
Directed by Braden Dereniwski
An immersive slice of life documentary film that follows Medicine Hat chainsaw carver Marina Cole in a candid look at the process and creativity of turning driftwood and other recycled materials into beautiful works of art, while reverencing in the world in which she draws inspiration.
WE ARE CRUSH
Directed by Julia Gunst
WE ARE CRUSH is an attempt to capture the supportive environment created by the Crush Collective in Banff, AB, where womxn are invited to be vulnerable together in the climbing gym and find strength in their differences. Watch Trailer