Terres en Vue / Land inSights and The Fantasia International Film Festival present:
RED RIGHT HAND: THE FILMS OF JEFF BARNABY
Saturday August 6th at Blue Sunshine
3660 St Laurent, 3rd Flr
Doors: 8:15pm | Films: 9:00pm
“Jeff Barnaby says he makes “bare-knuckled cinema”… and he means it. His raw, gritty depictions of what he refers to as the post-apocalyptic culture we now live in bear little resemblance to the spiritually centred, sanitized image of Aboriginal peoples often seen in contemporary cinema.” (Indigenous Arts Network)
File Under Miscellaneous
Set in a dystopic metropolitan hellscape, a spiritually exhausted and destitute Mi’gMaq man has resolved to assimilate into the ruling culture. He visits a surgical clinic – the display window littered with skin and limb samples – and undergoes a gruesome procedure to rid him of his red skin.
A bi-racial ménage a trois drenched in surrealist urban skank. Maytag, a reservation displaced Mi’gMaq, latches onto the only other Indian within light years of the city only to have her snatched away by his drug dealer and friend. Sadistically lovesick and drug addled, Maytag launches an insecticide on the cockroaches that have colonized his trailer convinced that they helped steal his fiancé. Heart broken and thoroughly crushed, he turns to his only friend for solace, his chainsaw. A demented allegory on miscegenation, the plight of modern native Canadians and their affinity for self-destruction.
From Cherry English
From Cherry English is a surrealist Mi’gMac allegory about the loss of language and identity to the anonymity of the urban wasteland. Traylor, a Mi’gMaq man being pulled between two worlds meets a non-native woman who sends him on a hallucinogenic journey of masochism and self discovery.
Red Right Hand
If you want to show skank, this is how you do it. A descent into the depths of degradation. A malicious work of cinematic beauty.
Obsessed with her body, a young woman goes to violent lengths to fit into her favorite dress.
(student film, 2001)
A take on homophobia, a young man ventures into a public bathroom only to have his worst fears realized. Only Barnaby’s second student film, shot with a lo-fi modified analogue VHS camcorder, it is the first hint of the bio-centric horror, disdain for political-correctness and honed aesthetic that has made Barnaby one of Canada’s most promising young filmmakers.
Jeff Barnaby was born on a Mi’gmaq reserve in Listujug, Quebec. He has worked as an artist, poet, author and filmmaker. His work paints a stark and scathing portrait of post-colonial aboriginal life and culture. His third short film, File Under Miscellaneous (10), is currently playing the festival circuit. His previous films include From Cherry English (04) and The Colony (07). Jeff is currently in development on two feature films, Blood Quantum & Rhymes for Young Ghouls.