Filmmaker seeks out emotion

A day before filming the first dance in Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life, director Shane Belcourt got into the studio and saw trouble. “What can we do?” he asked art director David Hannan, who had ringed a stage with trees and branches, evoking a forest clearing. The next day, dancer and choreographer Santee Smith […]

First Nations: Movie myths and lacrosse sticks

When Disney’s $250 million western The Lone Ranger opens on July 3, there will be a lot of talk about Johnny Depp playing the role of Tonto. This is not that story. For me, the only ‘Tonto’ is Jay Silverheels, who went from playing lacrosse for Six Nations on the Grand River near Brantford to […]