Ever since I worked at imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in 2008 I have been a fan of Jeff Barnaby’s. While his short The Colony premiered at the 2007 TIFF, and named one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films of 2007, it also won the award for Best Canadian Short Drama at imagineNATIVE that year. I watched it from the comfort of my own home back in 2008 and I was aghast by the sheer grittiness of it.
“Barnaby received his BFA in film production from Concordia University. He has been a script reader for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and has worked as assistant faculty for courses in film theory and production at Concordia, McGill University, and Dawson College. He has served as a volunteer at numerous Indigenous organizations, including the Kahnawake Youth Centre and the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter. He was born at the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec and currently resides in Montreal.” From Native American Film + Video
Lately my twitter feed has been a flutter with mentions of Jeff Barnaby as he had a retrospective and has an upcoming feature Rhymes for Young Ghouls that is building momentum. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement.
We have a multi-award winning writer/director Jeff Barnaby along with an upcoming starlet, Devery Jacobs, playing the lead role and a tagline ‘On the Red Crow Rez, growing up means getting even.’ Oh and his script for Rhymes for Young Ghouls beat out 700 other scripts to earn the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and $10,000, the first Canadian script to do so, according to Playback. This means that we better hold tight and get ready for a breaking Barnaby ride next year.