Oscar-winning film The Revenant red carpet photo of star Grace Dove.
"CANADIAN INDIGENOUS WOMAN OF THE YEAR! WE ARE INCREDIBLY PROUD OF GRACE DOVE AND WHAT SHE STANDS FOR, PROTECTING HER INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND SHARING THE TRUTH THROUGH HER FILMS." - I'M HERE WITH MAG
It was announced today that Moonchildren Films and Kadence Productions are starting production on their film Kiri and the Dead Girl. The short film, which received a $100,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, is the directorial debut of Indigenous actor Grace Dove. Grace is best known for co-starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in the Oscar-winning film The Revenant and can be seen in Netflix’s How It Ends and The Order. Grace also recently wrapped up her first leading role in the feature film adaptation of Eden Robinson’s novel Monkey Beach, which is set to be released this year.
Directing my first film in T-3 days. The mask covers my smile, but just know it’s there! Grateful beyond words for this team and the opportunity to share an Indigenous story of resilience. @moonchildrenfilms #KiriandTheDeadGirl #IndigenousRISE. Photo by: Luka Cyprian Photography
The film, which stars Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Taken) and Barbara Patrick (Supergirl, Molly of Denali), is based on the experiences of Tlingit artist Kiri Geen and centres on how, with the help of spirit and animal guides, she reconnected and reclaimed her heritage after being adopted. Told as a fairytale, the story begins after the death of young Kiri’s Tlingit mother and follows her as she tries to find connection while attending a pow wow to honour her mom.
The film also features Kiri Geen, Nathaniel Arcand, Valeria Oliver, Patsy Tuba, Harriet Prince, Ray G. Thunderchild, Azéza Youngchief-Portillo, Fawda Bullshields and the on screen debut of Isla Grant as Kiri.
Kiri and the Dead Girl is written by Christopher Logan, directed by Grace Dove (The Revenant, The Order), produced by Kiri Geen, Christopher Logan, and Ken Shapkin, with cinematography by Stirling Bancroft csc (Freaks, Monkey Beach).
The film boasts a largely female crew and female department heads including: Grace Dove (Director), Margot Ready (Production Designer/Associate Producer), Carmen Thompson (Costume Designer/Associate Producer), Sabrina Pitre (Editor), Natalye Vivian (Casting Director/Associate Producer), Elena Miller/Kara Alaric (MU/Hair), Janice Liew (Script Supervisor), Lori O’Connell (Stunt Coordinator). The diverse crew also has Indigenous artists in every department from Locations to Producer.
Directing the #Indigenous perspective may be my most important work yet. Storytelling with the sacred life that is our youth and elders lights the fire in my spirit. Grateful for the producers and creators that have trusted me with this journey. #KiriandtheDeadGirl // @kirigeen @moonchildrenfilms @ksplat
@mike_douglas_art Kiri and the Dead Girl is an independent short film production which will be filmed in and around the Maple Ridge area of British Columbia. The five day shoot will take place from September 4th-8th and has a Covid-19 Safety Plan approved by ActSafeBC, WorkSafeBC and UBCP.
Grace Dove is an Indigenous actress based in Vancouver, BC and Los Angeles, CA. She reached an international spotlight playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Dove is Secwépemc First Nation from Tsq'escen' (Canim Lake Band) near 100 Mile House, BC. "How It Ends" was released on Netflix (July 2018). Her starring role in this post-apocalyptic thriller was alongside actors Theo James (Divergent Series) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Crying Game). Her stand-out performance as "Ricki" in this feature film is providing raving reviews among already A-list actors.
Most recently she lead the feature film adaption of Eden Robinson's award-winning novel "Monkey Beach" has been nominated for six awards. Monkey Beach, will be available to stream video on demand beginning November 6 at AIFF45.
Courtesy of Moonchildren Films and Nicola Pender, Pender PR out of Vancouver