Bones of Crows, the feature film written and directed by Métis/Dene filmmaker Marie Clements, has expanded its national Indigenous community screening tour with dates in Alberta, reads an announcement from Ayasew Ooskana Pictures Inc.
The free screenings commence in Fort Macleod on Feb. 23 and continue with screenings in Calgary, Lac La Biche, Conklin, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie, with high school dates and locations in Fort Chipewyan and Ermineskin First Nation to be announced. These communities will be some of the first people to see the film, ahead of its theatrical release in 2023.
Bones of Crows is a multi-generational story of resilience told through the eyes of Cree matriarch Aline Spears (played throughout her life by Summer Testawich; Secwépemc actor Grace Dove; and Carla Rae).
Removed from their family home and forced into Canada’s residential school system, young musical prodigy Aline and her siblings are plunged into a struggle for survival. Over the next hundred years, Aline and her descendants fight against systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse, and to build a more just future.
Bones of Crows stars Grace Dove (Alaska Daily), Phillip Forest Lewitski (Wildhood), Rémy Girard (District 31), Karine Vanasse (Cardinal), Alyssa Wapanatâhk (Peter Pan), Michelle Thrush (Prey), Gail Maurice (Night Raiders), Cara Gee (The Expanse), TIFF Rising Star Joshua Odjick, and a fantastic cast of Indigenous talent from across the country.
The dramatic feature film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and has been received with acclaim from audiences around the world at film festivals.
February 23rd - Fort Macleod
Empress Theatre - 7 PM
235 24 St, Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0
February 24th - Calgary
Grand Theatre - 7 PM
Lougheed Building, 608 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1M6
February 27th - Lac La Biche
Portage College - McGrane Theatre - 7PM
9531 94 Ave, Lac la Biche, AB T0A 2C0
February 28th - Conklin
Conklin Multiplex - 7PM
244 Northland Dr, Conklin, AB T0P 1H1
March 1st - Fort McMurray
Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre - 7 PM
8115 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2H7
March 4th - Grande Prairie
KMSC Law Performing Arts Theatre - 7 PM
300 Arbour Hills Blvd, Grande Prairie, AB T8X 0V2
Venues to be confirmed:
March 2nd - Fort Chipewyan
March 5th - Ermineskin First Nation
High School venues across Alberta will be confirmed this week.
Bones of Crows was filmed on the traditional territories of the Esquimalt Nation, Kwikwetlem First Nation, Lekwungen Songhees Nation, Musqueam Nation, Okanagan Nation, Scia'new First Nation (Beecher Bay), Squamish Nation, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Tla'amin Nation, Tsartlip Nation (North Saanich), Tseycum First Nation (Saanich), Tsleil-Waututh Nation.