The 2022 dramatic film Bones of Crows about Indian residential-school survivor Aline Spears has been a huge hit on the festival circuit. And tonight (June 2), Métis-Dene writer, director, and producer Marie Clements will be on hand for a question-and-answer session when her movie is screened at Fifth Avenue Cinemas. The Vancouver-born and B.C.-based filmmaker will be accompanied by producer Trish Dolman.
Spears, a code talker in the Second World War, is played throughout her life by Summer Testawich, Secwépemc actor Grace Dove, and Carla Rae.
Bones of Crows will be on 74 other screens across Canada, starting June 2. That includes showings at Cineplex International Village in Vancouver, where Alyssa Wapanatâhk, who places Perseverance Spears, will be in attendance. She’ll be joined on June 2 by producers Christine Haebler and Leena Minifie.
The film also stars Phillip Forest Lewitski (Wildhood), Rémy Girard (District 31), Karine Vanasse (Cardinal), Michelle Thrush (Prey), Gail Maurice (Night Raiders), and Cara Gee (The Expanse).
Watch the trailer for Bones of Crows.
Earlier this year, Bones of Crows earned five Canadian Screen Awards nominations. They included best original screenplay for Clements and achievement in music – original song for Clements, Wayne Lavallee, and Jesse Zubot. Other nominations came for achievement in visual effects, hair, and makeup.
Bones of Crows premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It’s since been shown at festivals in India, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. It also opened the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Clements, a former CBC radio reporter, also directed Red Snow and The Road Forward.
I was so proud to play a small part in this wonderful film, BONES OF CROWS. A multi-generational drama of a scale seldom see in Canadian cinema, cone & see it! https://t.co/5UDACbOXBq
— Dr. Evan Adams (@doctoreonline) May 31, 2023