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What If Was Here
Artist Talk with Christopher healey
2014-18, 18 Trigger Images
Installation in the Alcove (Back of the KIAC Ballroom)
Open between screenings

Originally a multiple site specific installation work across the City of Hamilton, Ontario, this interactive experimental documentary engages participants as an augmented reality experience through a projection based installation. Public spaces are critically examined as contested spaces, questioning our assumptions of community by revealing simultaneous but incompatible visions of use. Environmental priorities, the violence of civic politics and anti-individualism are among themes explored in this work.

This series of photographs and accompanying text act as trigger images to launch multi-media experiences through the use of the free HP Reveal Augmented Reality App for iPhone and Android devices. Cellular data required.


Screening Sponsor: AIR NORTH

Ravens Are Letting Loose

Randall McKenzie, NWT, 2m, comedy
A feud between a squirrel and a fox has the ravens out of control and letting loose.

Beneath The Winter Skies

Randall McKenzie, NWT, 2m, comedy
Yellowknife is the raven city and for a raven named Franklin, romance is tough in this movie trailer.

Soundface Interface

San Skinner/Jon Gelinas, Yukon 4m, experimental
Testing some sonic possibilities on the Yukon landscape, 2 kids meet to interface and remix their experiences in a trans-human audio-visual collaboration.

Buzz be Gone

Noah Robbins and Micky Michon, Yukon, 2m
Beware the winter mosquitos.

Lilly and the Baby

The Bum Family, AB, 7m, animation
Lilly, a 10-foot tall orange monster, babysits a human baby. The mom leaves a long list of what not to do. What could go wrong?
Made by the Bum Family, a collective of 6 cousins.

Loon Manding

Forest and Ella McCallum, Yukon, 5m, animation
2 intrepid astro-naughts are about to make history.

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

Nadia Mike, NU, 5m, animation
Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing is a story of two unlikely friends--a lemming and an Arctic hare--that decide to spend the day together ice fishing. The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic. This is contrasted with the well-meaning, but impatient Arctic rabbit. This is a fun, educational story that shows how important it is to be kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.

Films by Hazel Potoroka
Danger Dan and the Lost Pyramid 5 m
Dancin’ Duck 22 sec.
Bot vs. Bot: The Ultimate Showdown 34 sec.
Bot vs. Bot II: The Sequel

Otter Eye View

Alan Code, Yukon, 22m, documentary
Otters like you’ve never seen them!


Curated by Michelle Latimer

2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com

Thirza Cuthand, Plains Cree/Scottish, 4 m, Drama
A sultry, butch NDN woman seduces the Two-Spirit audience into signing up for a specialized dating website. A funny and insightful follow-up to her video 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99.

I Like Girls

Diane Obomsawin, Abenaki, 8 m, animation
First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions and confusing issues of identity. In her trademark playful style, cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin adapts her graphic novel for the screen, using endearing anthropomorphic gestures to tell poignant real-life stories of love.


Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Mohawk, 12 m, drama
Seven-year-old Rae looks forward to the birthday party her mother promised, but as the day continues, Rae watches as the voices in her mother’s head begin to overtake her and Rae must confront her mother’s mental illness as the responsibilities of parenting get reversed.

Creetura Dada

Caroline Monnet, Algonquin, 4 m, experimental
Six powerful Native women gather to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.

Keewaydah (Let’s Go Home)

Terril Calder, Métis, 9 min. animation
The moth’s powerful transformational gifts can bring us from one world to the next. In this stunning work, the moth brings home 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack and serves for metaphor and call for change in the often fraught relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada.

Thirza Cuthand Is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act

Thirza Cuthand, Plains Cree/Scottish, 8 m, experimental
As a light-skinned Cree woman, Thirza Cuthand takes us on a deeply personal journey through images of blood ties and land ties. She contemplates her interactions with racism, mixed-race identity and the threat of rejection from other Indigenous people, while making a searing commentary on historical trauma and ongoing survival.

LeLum’ (Home)

Asia Youngman, Cree/Iroquois/Carrier/Métis, 9 m, documentary
Lelum’ (the Hul’qumi’num word for “home”) portrays the strength and beauty of the land from the perspectives of Indigenous youth. Stunning aerial shots of British Columbia landscapes are complemented with messages that speak to our inherent responsibility to protect and show respect for our home.


Nivi Pedersen (Inuit), Greenland, 7 m, documentary
Shovelling snow in the capital of Greenland is a big part of everyday winter life. Three Nuuk residents share their reflections – and frustrations – about this seemingly never-ending task. The Tao of Snow Shovelling!


Echo Henoche (Nunatsiavut Inuk) 5 m, animation
Based on a polar bear legend, Shaman recounts the story of a polar bear that’s transformed into an iconic mountain in the community of Nain, Labrador.

Three Thousand

Asinnajaq, Inuk, 14 m, documentary
Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.


Every two years, The Weight of Mountains (TWOM) gathers likeminds in filmmaking to form a collective amidst challenging and exceptionally overwhelming locations. Nine filmmakers from around the world have been in Dawson City since January and will be screening some of the work they have made while they have been here.

Watching Wildlife is the Pit’s

Matthew Anthony Batty, USA
Safely glimpse, from a distance, these unique and majestic renditions of fauna. Nature is all around us even when we are not looking for it. After living in the Westminster Hotel for three months, the wildlife starts staring back.


Jake Bellew, USA
Here are excerpts from an anthology of musical performances I am putting together. My hope is that within each person’s performance there is an intimacy that you may call your own and by sharing their songs, their voice is memorialized. Perhaps, song to song, one big story is revealed.


Zoe Kinross, United Kingdom
Glimpses into the conversations Zoe has had with some of the mushing, filmmaking, singing, artistic and all round strong women of Dawson. Excerpts from a longer work in progress.

Turn On the Radio

Ahmed Safyel-din, Egypt
Dawson City’s radio station CFYT 106.9 FM has been broadcasted on and off since 1948. Throughout its seventy year history the community has been the driving force behind the station’s programming. This documentary delves into the dynamics of operating a volunteer managed radio station.


Melannie Monoceros, Canada
Fragmented memories cast in iron, glazed in enamel.

Dawson City Limits

Tessa Rex, Australia
Set in the transition from winter to spring in the sub-arctic town of Dawson City, DAWSON CITY LIMITS is a surrealist document of life in the north. Part self-portrait, part observation, DAWSON CITY LIMITS marries dancing, keg-throwing and an attempted ice-bridge.

Not about the river always coming back to the river.
Alisa Vostiklap, Germany
A sound piece.

Portal People

Melody Woodnut, Iceland
An ode to the spirit of Dawson on 16mm film; as seen through the hands of those who gave insights, kindness, and welcoming outreaches to The Weight of Mountains film collective.

Tess Hutson, Australia
#dawsoncity #yukon #canada #mahsicho #filmmakers #artists #landscape #community #KIAC #TWOM #terry #ravens #complexity #listening #notlistening #alcohol #winter #auroraborealis #chainsaws #rhizome #whatareyoutryingtosay #whatdoyouthinkiamtryingtosay #livedexperience #wiggly #wriggly #synopsis #sorry #thankyou

A Fossil Hums with the Dead of Winter

(Installation at Lowe’s Mortuary, 2nd Avenue (bewteen Queen and King)
Matthew Anthony Batty, USA
A video installation and performance in Lowe’s Mortuary that merges the materials of different sites, different belongings, and different bodies, in the ecological loop of life and death. mammoth ivory, sweet potato, lap steel guitar, citrus peels, canvas jumpsuit, projector, caribou antlers, guitar amp, and cassette player.
10-11 PM Friday March 30th
6-7 PM Saturday March 31st
6-7 PM Sunday April 1st

9:30PM confluence


Keith Robertson, 7m, NWT, mockumentary
A wildlife documentary following the rare Canoehead.


Our Language Will Live On – Nihënjik wëtäde hänji

Lulu Keating, Yukon, 9m, documentary
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in are a Yukon First Nation based in Dawson City, Yukon. The ancestral language, the Hän language, has rapidly declined since the early 20th century, and intergenerational language transmission has ceased. It is now a critically endangered language and there are only a few fluent speakers left.
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government has made it a priority to revitalize the Hän language in the community and school.

Invading Giants

Melani Wood, NS, 13m, documentary
Every year residents of Newfoundland and Labrador look to the north with baited breath hoping the Atlantic Ocean will deliver to them a parade of ancient icebergs. Each one formed over 10,000 years ago and traveled thousands of kilometers before finally drifting into “Iceberg Alley” where they become accessible to a cast of characters who’s livelihood depends on them.

Moccasin Stories

Charlene Moore, 22m, MB, documentary
Moccasins are more than footwear. They have the power to show us who we are. This Manitoba documentary follows the stories and lives of Indigenous Women and demonstrates the important role Moccasins have played in their lives.

I Will Always Love You, Conny

Amanda Kernell, Sweden, 30m, drama
It’s minus 30 degrees and twenty-year-old Conny walks around like a restless criminal with his hoodie up in a small forgotten village in northern Sweden. He’s not welcome anywhere and the whole village seems to hate him. Yesterday he panicked and drove away from his girlfriend’s delivery of their baby - but now he has repented and wants to come back. But what will it take for her to forgive him?


Chevonne of the Yukon

A live performance by Dawson City’s Queen of Burlesque

Tiger Toilet

Laurence Unger, USA, 1m, animation
“Tiger Toilet” reveals a minute in the life of a deeply conflicted and dangerous toilet. The toilet comically personifies the self-destructive agony of casual rejection. The piece was inspired by the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain.”

The Strangeness I Feel

Jackie Katzman, USA, 16m, drama
Ella spends her days taking care of her mother and sitting in parks watching kids play. Desperate to have a child of her own, her clock ticking away, she takes matters into her own hands.

Gold Fever

Christopher Healey & James Healey, Yukon 6m, drama
Are you thinking of joining the gold rush stampede heading to the Klondike? Hoping to strike it rich? Watch this film first! You’re gonna dig it!

Spirits Crossing

Heidi J Loos, 10m, Yukon, drama
Tormented by visions and haunted by her past, Jade Wheelan makes a sacrifice to try and save her long lost friend.

Sub Arctic Zone

Ange Bonnici, Yukon, 5m, drama
It is deep winter in Dawson City, Yukon, a small subarctic town in the middle of nowhere. The days are short, the temperature frigid. A man is at home alone, reading in his room. And he is not expecting any visitors...


Keith Robertson, NWT, 4m, drama
A lone snow drifter comes upon a mysterious device that makes him question the nature of his existence.

Off the Hook

Justine Hobbs, Yukon, 5m, drama
Four women, out on a therapeutic wilderness retreat, put their demons to rest.


Jessica Hall/ Bree-An Lucas, Yukon, 3m, experimental
He might be cute, but so is his inner daemon…
Inner conflict and the eternal darkness of the teddy bear is explored in this experimental film. Can you escape from yourself?

American Dreams

Bobby Ronka, Yukon, 4m, experimental
Hot dog mayhem


Marv Newland, BC, 3m, animation
20 scenes of 2D animation, many of which relate directly to the musical soundtrack.



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