Jessie Short: Wake Up!
Curated by Gary Varro, Artistic Director, Queer City Cinema
Presented in partnership with Queer City Cinema Film Festival 13
September 7 to October 4, 2016
A Métis woman explores identity by transforming herself into one of the only widely known Métis icons, a man named Louis Riel, who lived over 100 years ago.
Jessie Short is a curator, writer, and multi-disciplinary artist and emerging filmmaker whose work involves memory, multi-faceted existence, Métis history and visual culture. Short obtained an MA degree in 2011 and an Undergraduate degree in 2006, and has also received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts council for her curatorial and filmmaking practice. Short worked in the visual arts department at The Banff Centre for the Arts, and spent two years as executive director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective in Toronto, Ontario.
Jessie Short, Wake Up!, 2015, video. Image courtesy of the Winnipeg Film Group.