Feature Filmmaker: Steve Suderman.
Poets: Cassidy McFadzean and Courtney Bates.
Filmmaker Steve Suderman will be screening his documentary Over Land about his family’s experience of having to leave the family farm. Reading will be from two of Saskatchewan’s up and coming poetry stars – Cassidy McFadzean and Courtney Bates – from the University of Regina’s Master of Creative Writing program.
Audience members will have a chance to talk to the artists in a question and answer session at the end of each individual artists’ session.
Steve Suderman grew up on a farm in western Canada. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science and taught high school before pursuing filmmaking in 2002. In 2008 he completed his first feature-length documentary Over Land, which premiered at Les Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), and went on to screen both nationally and nternationally. Dr. Christina Stojanova from the University of Regina calls Over Land “A private philosophical contemplation on what it takes to remain human when the very foundations of your existence are shattered, and a powerful public statement against the dehumanization of twenty-first century capitalism” (Splice Magazine). In 2011 Steve premiered his second feature-length documentary, To Make A Farm, at the Vancouver International Film Festival, where it was named one of the top ten most popular Canadian films of the festival. Exploring the lives of young people who have decided to become farmers, VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful.” The film made its US premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and continues to screen across Canada and the United States. It will air on TVO and Knowledge Network this year.
Cassidy McFadzean is a Regina poet and writer currently finishing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Regina. Her poems have been published in CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Fieldstone Review, and The Society. Her first chapbook, Farwell, is forthcoming from JackPine Press this fall.
Courtney Bates is a MA candidate at the University of Regina working under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Wall, the author of Blue Duets. Courtney’s creative thesis consists of fairy tale poems and stories, focusing on moments of transformation. She has been published in FourW, Vine Leaves, SPACE, and the Fieldstone Review. She blogs about fairy tales at poetcourtney.blogspot.ca and she reviews comic books in her spare time with her fiancé at thecomicbookcouple.blogspot.ca.
Over Land is an intimate and personal portrait of a family facing a crisis in agriculture. Between 1996 and 2006, despite warnings of an impending food shortage, prices for farm goods dropped to their lowest point in Canadian history, driving many farmers off the land. With a family history of farming spanning generations, the Sudermans now face a challenge that threatens to pull the family apart.
A Night of Poetry and Film
“A Night of Poetry and Film” is a biannual Filmpool event created by writer and filmmaker Kelly-Anne Riess. The purpose of the event is to create new audiences for local poets and filmmakers.
Kelly-Anne Riess is a writer and filmmaker based in Regina. She is the author of the poetry collection To End a Conversation and the local bestsellers I Love Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Book of Everything. Her films have been screened at festivals across Canada. She is currently working on the independent documentary Finding Al, which traces Capone’s connection to Moose Jaw. In 2008, she was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and in 2010 she won an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Saskatchewan.