SASKATCHEWAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS: REMEMBERING THE PAST, LOOKING TO THE FUTURE THURSDAY MARCH 12TH, 7PM


Thursday March 12th, 7pm

Shumiatcher Theatre, MacKenzie Art Gallery

Doors open at 6:30, Screening at 7:00  

Panel to follow


Free attendance

Food and drink available by Craft Services Cafe

The MacKenzie allows the food and drink in the Shumiatcher Theatre

“Remembering the Past Looking to the Future” is the first screening in a series of Saskatchewan Women filmmakers, curated by Sandra Staples-Jetko. Women have been making films in Saskatchewan for over 100 years. They have worked as part of teams, independently and commercially. “Remembering the Past Looking to the Future” is a collection of eight short films gathered to screen in honour of the memory of Trudy Stewart, a well loved Saskatchewan Filmmaker who passed away October 2019.  The lineup includes films made in various styles including animation, experimental and documentary.”


“Thinking of You” – Elaine Pain – 1 min


Listening to the Past/Listening to the Future” – Amalie Atkins – 2 mins 57


“From Up North” – Trudy Stewart – 13 mins


“Buffalo Calling” – Tasha Hubbard – 12 mins 29


“ahkameyimo nitanis  – Keep Going my Daughter” – Candy Fox – 12 mins 26


“Land of the Free” – Dianne Ouellette, Margaret Orr – 2 min 54


“First Stories ati-wîcahsin (It’s Getting Easier)” – Tessa Cook – 6 min 29


“Stories Are In Our Bones” – Janine Windolph – 11 mins 27


After we see the films, we will have the opportunity to listen to a panel whose work we screened. Elaine Pain, Dianne Ouellette, Candy Fox, Tessa Cook and Janine Windolph each do a short presentation with questions and answers to follow.


Presented by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the NFB, and University of Regina Department of Film.


The Saskatchewan Filmpool is proud to be supported by Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture and Saskatchewan Lotteries



“From Up North” – Trudy Stewart – 13 mins A personal, poetic short documentary based on her experience working for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Featured storyteller Noel Starblanket shares his experiences of attending the Lebret Indian Residential School. While listening to Noel’s stories, Trudy reflects on her time listening to survivors’ stories and her connection to the Indian Residential School legacy. “Trudy was a storyteller learning peoples’ stories and gently documenting them in order to make a better future. 

The films in this screening honour Trudy’s life”-Sandra Staples-


“Stories Are in Our Bones” – Janine Windolph – 11 mins 27 A mother takes her young city-raised sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother)—a powerful form of resistance that rebuilds their connection to their homeland, and to one another.Janine Windolph has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Production and her Master of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary: Media Production and Indigenous Fine Arts. Prior to her role as the Associate Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre, she worked for the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan since 2015 in various roles; Storykeeper, Education Program Assistant, Curator of Public Programs and Curator of Community Engagement.  As a filmmaker, Janine worked on various films; both documentary and narrative since 2006 that have screened internationally at various festivals and received various awards over the years. Most recently, she was a co-recipient of the University of Regina’s Crowning Achievement Awards for Professional Achievement with Distinction for her role in getting both Municipal and Provincial designation for the Regina Indian Industrial School in Regina, Saskatchewan. 

Recently, she completed Stories Are In Our Bones, a short documentary as a director, writer and narrator, and in a feature documentary to be aired on CBC in 2020, she was a narrator/ storyteller for the Beacon Project: Stories of Qu’Appelle Valley. Janine has served as president/chair of various organizations since 2006; mispon: A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking, Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, RIIS Commemorative Association and Reconciliation Regina as well as the Vice-Chair of Common Weal.


“First Stories – ati-wîcahsin (It’s Getting Easier)” – Tessa Desnomie Cook – 6 min 29 In this short film, filmmaker Tessa Desnomie celebrates the life and times of her grandmother, Jane Merasity. Born and raised on the trapline, this Woodlands Cree woman has witnessed significant changes throughout her vigorous 80 years.Tessa Desnomie comes from the Peepeekisis Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. She studied at the First Nations University of Canada, where she researched the traditional work of Indigenous women, and with First Stories: ati-wîcahsin (It’s Getting Easier) in 2007, she celebrates the Woodland Cree culture of her grandmother Jane Merasty. With Second Stories: It Had to Be Done (2008), she confronts the intractable legacy of Canada’s residential school system through the testimony of two survivors. Desnomie has worked in event management, coordinating the opening and closing ceremonies for the North American Indigenous Games, and produced educational videos through Regina’s Studio 10 Productions.


“Land of the Free” – Dianne Ouellette, Margaret Orr – 2 min 54 While exploring the Grasslands National Park and knowing its history, we were thinking about Canada’s 150th commemoration and what it means to Indigenous people. Through Margaret Orr’s spontaneous improvisation with the violin, we created a response to the land.Dianne Ouellette is an independent Métis filmmaker and presently an MFA (Media Production) candidate at the University of Regina. In the last 25 years she has been focusing her lens on family, history, and identity. Her films have been screened and awarded with national, and inter