“In 2007, I traveled to 13 isolated Northern Ontario Indigenous communities teaching filmmaking to kids in schools. None of the communities had clean drinking water.”
I am Cree/Métis, I speak my language. My worldview is very much from my perspective as a Northern raised Indigenous person.
I try to show my language and culture in all my films. Most of my films are shot in Northern Canada. I use local people as “actors” whenever possible because the subtle nuances of our culture cannot be learned. My latest award winning film, ASSINI, stars all non-actors; the two leads are 7 and 9 years old.
My feature film, Scream Your Dreams, follows six graduating youth from the Arctic, Northern Saskatchewan and Toronto. This film highlights their dreams while showing the limitations caused by their geographical locations. I hope to do a ten-year follow-up film in 2017, to see which of the youth followed their dreams.
In 2007, I traveled to 13 isolated Northern Ontario Indigenous communities teaching filmmaking to kids in schools. None of the communities had clean drinking water. I was shocked, saddened and angry. I turned my camera on and told their story in my film, Thirst.
There are so many reasons I tell stories through film and video, my number one reason is to shine a spotlight on our beautiful strong culture.
I've been accepted into the prestigious Phil Hoffman Film Farm this July 2016. I'll be shooting and hand processing film about the strength of our women.
I’ve been informed I won the RBC Yorkton Film Festival Mentorship. I will maximize this by trying to produce my feature film, BLOODLINES.
Gail Maurice is a Cree/Metis filmmaker from northern Saskatchewan. She lives in Toronto.