Paralleling the experiences of blindness and mental illness, this experimental short explores how any of us could lose any of our abilities at any time.
Writer/director/producer: Thirza Cuthand
“I made this work for the 8 Fest in Toronto.
I wanted to talk about the true story of something that happened in my family but in a more experimental way than a typical narrative film.”
About Thirza Cuthand
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Saskatoon.
Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love and race, which have screened in festivals internationally including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of sexual diversity in São Paulo, Hot Docs in Toronto, imagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Out On Screen in Vancouver and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where her short Helpless Maiden Makes an “I” Statement won an honourable mention.
She completed her BFA in film and video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Her work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg.
She has written a feature screenplay called Bunnyhug and sometimes does performance art.
She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent and currently resides in Saskatoon.