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Vibrant Communities Speaker Series – Elder In the Making, September 26

Urban-Systems-Elder-In-the-MakingOur next Vibrant Communities Speaker Series session will take on a different flavour as we will be screening the documentary film “Elder In the Making”, produced and directed by Chris Hsiung and co-produced by Cowboy Smithx

Two young urban dwellers, one a Blackfoot aboriginal named Cowboy and the other a Chinese Canadian
newcomer named Chris, embark on a spiritual journey across traditional Blackfoot territory. Through thousands of years of ancient history guided by the wisdom of modern day elders, they find the beginnings of the long road to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people. “Elder in the Making” is a feature documentary inviting all residents of North America to explore the tragic and hopeful history of their home. Through the journey of two unlikely travel companions, this film uncovers our responsibility as stewards of the land and of the generations yet to come.

When: Monday, September 26th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (MDT)
Where: Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton

The screening is free, we do have limited space so please reserve a seat on our Eventbrite page.

About the Film Makers

Chris Hsiung – Producer and Director

Urban-Systems-Chris-HsiungChris Hsiung is the founder of Hidden Story Productions. He seeks to create documentary stories which contribute to a collective narrative that is more compassionate, intelligent and just. Chris was selected to be an Artist-inResidence in Calgary 2012 where he produced “The Spirit of Sport”. His first international short doc “Flood of Change” was selected for the Global Justice Film Festival 2013. Now, after two years of research, filming, and editing, Chris is debuting his first feature documentary “Elder in the Making”.

Cowboy Smithx – Co-producer

Urban-Systems-Cowboy-SmithxCowboy Smithx is an Indigenous filmmaker of Blackfoot Ancestry from the Piikani and Kainai tribes of Southern Alberta, Canada. He was the youngest person to ever receive a Blackfoot Arts Award for his decades of work in the performing arts. Today, Cowboy is an established music video Director and Producer. He is also working on a short doc called “Cree Code Talker” after successfully co-pitching it to BravoFACT.


Watch the trailer for the film

Elder in the Making (Official Trailer) from Chris Hsiung on Vimeo.

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