Cowichan Aboriginal
Festival of Film & Art

135 Third Street Duncan




2014 Film Festival

The Cowichan Aboriginal Festival of Film & Art will be celebrating its 10th anniversary April 23-26!
This year, more than ever we are looking forward to offering a very exciting program of films and film maker presentations, featuring artists from around the world for the 4 Nations-4 Directions Art Show, preparing for some great workshops, and gearing up for the Youth Film & Voice auditons and of course the Youth Awards Night . Mark your calenders, and come celebrate with us. We will start uploading program highlights in early March.
Huy tseep q'u


The Road Forward
Marie Clements

Marie is an award-winning performer, playwright, director, producer and screenwriter. As a writer Marie has worked in a variety of mediums including theatre, film, new media, radio, and television. Her film Unnatural and Accidental directed by Carl Bessai and starring Tantoo Cardinal and Callum Keith Rennie was invited to premiere in New York at The Modern Museum of Art, and went on to screen at sixteen film festival’s across the America’s including the Toronto Film Festival and Vancouver Film Festival winning six awards and seven nominations at the Genie and Leo Awards. As a writer and producer her work Copper Thunderbird and Women in Fish have been broadcast on APTN and CBC, as well as, her nominated documentary and drama series Women in Fish and Hours of Water premiered nationally on CBC Radio. As a writer Marie’s work has garnered numerous awards including the 2004 Canada-Japan Literary Award (Burning Vision) a Jessie Richardson Award(The Unnatural and Accidental Women) as well as, being shortlisted for the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award (Burning Vision), the Jack Webster Journalism Award (Hours of Water Documentary Series) and the Leo Awards (Unnatural and Accidental). As a director, Marie’s recent projects include the premiere of The Edward Curtis Project at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad which was nominated for eight Jessie Awards including Best Production and Best Original Script, to be published by Talon Books this winter.  Marie is in post production for her musical short Jesus Indian, in development with her feature Tombs and her play Tombs of the Vanishing Indian premieres in Toronto, in March 2011 at Buddies in Badtimes Theatre.  She has also worked in the writing department of Davinci’s Inquest, and has seven years experience as a broadcast journalist.

The Road Forward
Inspired by the lives of our Aboriginal mother and fathers The Road Forward galvanizes the political and social movement of BC’ s Aboriginal history and the rights fought by Aboriginal leaders that forged a movement onward. Staged in a life-sized Aboriginal snow globe filled with images and voices raised in song, this nine-minute musical and filmic experience connects that tumultuous past with the rising vision of The Road Forward.

Created and directed by Marie Clements the The Road Forward features NAMA Award winning Tuscarora singers, Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg, JUNO Award winning singer Leela Gilday along with two-time Gemini Award winning performer Michelle St. John. Together, these powerhouse performers share the stage with renowned dancer/choreographer, Byron Chief-Moon, Governor General’s Award Winning playwright/actor, Kevin Loring, hip hop artist OsTwelve and Independent Spirit Award Winner, Evan Adams.

The Road Forward fuses a live sculptural installation by Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan, and Kwakwaka’wakw mixed-media artist Connie Watts, an original composition by Jennifer Kreisberg, historical media from the Native Brotherhood of BC, archival Foncie Pulice street photo’s and choreography by Michael Greyeyes.  The Road Forward was originally created and performed as the closing performance at the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Olympics.