The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw | Reelworld Film Festival 2019
250 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G5, Canada
Thursday October 17th | 5:30 - Gala Reception, Screening at 7pm | Reelworld Film Festival 2019
Join us on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 for the opening night celebration of the 19th annual Reelworld Film Festival.
The evening will include a cocktail reception and screening of the feature film The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, and an engaging Q&A with director Shelley Niro and special guests.
5:30 - 7pm - Cocktail reception in lounge
7pm - 9:30 - Screening and after show Q&A with filmmaker
THE INCREDIBLE 25TH YEAR OF MITZI BEARCLAW | 97 Minutes | Comedy | English | Canada
When she’s forced to return to her home reserve, Mitzi has to abandon her urban life and put dreams of being a fashion designer on hold. At first resentful of her sick mother and overdramatic father, she soon finds the quirks of her family growing on her.
Leaving her boyfriend back in the city, Mitzi has a hard time keeping down the bush coffee when she makes the long trip back to Owl Island. Spending her mornings doing chores around the house and taking care of her miserable mother isn’t quite what she had in mind for her 25th birthday. Is it isn’t long though before she take a liking to Honeyboy, an old acquaintance who enjoys his simple life on the reserve.
As the months roll on, Mitzi continues to cling on to the life she imagines for herself out in the world. Surreal visions begins to invade her mind, and she struggles with a bittersweet goodbye, while forging new meaning for what home means to her. The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw is a comedic, but grounded look at life on an Indigenous Reserve with a story that ultimately reverberates as a universal tale of familial responsibility.
Director: Shelley Niro
Shelley Niro is a multi-disciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography and ilm. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples and though it delves into serious issues and is rich with poignant imagery, Niro inserts humour into her practice. She has received considerable attention for her work in film, including her short, The Shirt, which was presented at the 2003 Venice Biennal as well as at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her first feature film, Kissed By Lightning, about a Mohawk painter in a state of grief, won the Santa Fe Film Festival’s “Milagro Award for Best Indigenous Film”.
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