Thursday Lates: Artist Talk and Film Screening of The Radicals

Thursday Lates: Artist Talk and Film Screening of The Radicals

October 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

Please join us for the Saskatchewan Premiere of The Radicals, (2018, Canada, 75 minutes) a new feature documentary from Beyond Boarding. Special guest speaker Meghann O’Brien will be present to speak on her role in the film and her artistic practice. Her work is featured in the Boarder X exhibition.
 
Film Synopsis:
 
The Radicals follows Marie-France Roy, Meghann O'Brien, Jasper Snow Rosen & Tamo Campos from their extreme pursuits in the mountains and ocean into the world of activism. Together they journey across the west coast, weaving a story of learning, inspiration and resistance. From the Tahltan fight for the Iskut Headwaters, BC Hydro’s corruption in Xwísten, art as resilience on Haida Gwaii, to a coastal uprising against fish farms, each community teaches the athletes to understand what it means to be a true radical. Combining visually stunning sport photography and behind the scenes of frontlines, the film’s trajectory fulfills both the extreme athlete's quest for extreme landscapes while uncovering critical social issues and resistance.

About Meghann O'Brien:

Meghann O’Brien’s innovative approach to the traditional artforms of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven's Tail) and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles connects to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world, and creates a continuity between herself and her ancestors. Meghann was born in the ‘Namgis community of Alert Bay, but her ancestry comes from the Kwakwaka’wakw village of Weḵaʼyi Tʼsakwaʼlutan (Cape Mudge), and she belongs to the A’wahu (All Chiefly) clan. She traces direct maternal lineage to the Kaa’was (Sea Eggs) clan from the village of K’yuusdaa, Haida Gwaii, where she received her hereditary right to weave. Meghann’s father was born in Dublin, Ireland, and she also recognizes this lineage. She carries the Kwakwala name Kwaxhi’laga, which translates to “Smoke Coming Out of the Top of the Big House, Welcoming People to Feast and Potlatch”. Her Haida name, from her maternal great grandmother Ruby Simeon, is Jaad Kuujus - meaning “Dear Woman”. O’Brien left the world of professional snowboarding to work fulltime as a weaver in 2010. She has apprenticed with master weavers Kerri Dick, Sherri Dick, and William White. Meghann now lives in Vancouver, B.C. but travels globally to lecture and demonstrate. She is dedicated to contributing to the contemporary ceremonial practices of the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw people.

 

More information on the film can be found at: http://www.beyondboarding.org/radicals