Holy Angels

Holy Angels

Client: BC & Yukon Studio of The National Film Board of Canada

Dir. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Arri Alexa Mini / 15 min. / 2017

On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building, built in 1874. Using Holy Angels as a backdrop, filmmaker Jay Cardinal Villeneuve takes us on a healing journey that combines the stories of Elder Lena Wandering Spirit and the dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now that Lena was during her captivity at Holy Angels.

c. 2017

Official Selection - Highlights: 

Imagine Native 2017, Toronto, Canada (Opening Gala)

Festival History: 

Whistler Film Festival 2017, Whistler, BC, Canada
Victoria Film Festival 2018, Victoria, BC, Canada
Maoriland Film Festival 2018, New Zealand
Yorkton Film Festival 2018, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
Seattle International Film Festival 2018, Seattle, Washington, USA

Awards

Canadian Society of Cinematographers Nominee for Best Cinematography in a DocuDrama at the 2018 CSC Awards

Yorkton Film Festival 2018 Golden Sheaf Awards, 2 Nominations: Indigenous Award and Documentary, Social/Political