Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Marie Clements
Marie Clements (Métis) is an award-winning writer, director, and producer who has worked to ignite her brand of independent story-making across a variety of mediums including film, TV, radio, new media, and live performance. She recently completed the feature musical documentary The Road Forward with The National Film Board, which premiered at The Hot Docs Film Festival in spring 2017, and the docudrama NUMBER 14, which won Best Public Service Film at The American Indian Film Festival 2015.
She is currently working on a slate of projects including Red Snow, which earned her the WIDC Feature Film Award, SMOKE(D) a dramatic TV series developed with APTN, and a documentary series titled Looking at Edward Curtis developed with Knowledge Network. Clements has published numerous plays, including The Unnatural and Accidental Women and Burning Vision. She is a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
As well as this Open Word event, Marie Clements will attend a screening of her recent film, The Road Forward, a musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of Indigenous activism today.
Clements is also the librettist for the opera Missing, which gives voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. It premieres in Victoria from November 17th to 26th.
Those interested can also see Marie Clements in conversation with students at the University of Victoria on Friday, November 17th at 12:45pm in the Phoenix building.
Learn more about the screening of The Road Forward at the Vic Theatre here.
Learn more about the opera Missing here.
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.
This event is co-presented by The University of Victoria Department of Writing and made possible through the Orion Fund Series in the Fine Arts.
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. Doors open at 7:00.