After years of filming documentaries on such subjects as native housing in the North and Canadian Finns in Russia during the 1930s, Richard Stringer csc turned to his family history for his last film.
He made a documentary about his grandfather, Isaac Stringer. who was an adventurous missionary in the Arctic at the turn of the century. He later became Bishop of the Yukon and moved to Dawson City with my grandmother Sadie. In 1909, on one of his many walking tours over his vast diocese, he and a missionary worker, Charles Johnson, got lost in an early winter storm. They could not use their canoe as planned, so they had to walk 60 miles over a mountain range to get back to civilization. They ran out out of food and had to stew their spare moccasins to stay alive. Since then, Isaac Stringer became know as “The Bishop Who Ate His Boots"! Richard's grandparents were very unique people living in controversial and adventurous times. The film shows Richard's quest to learn as much as possible about them. There was much material with which to work. Isaac Stringer shot movies, took many still photos, and wrote detailed diaries.
Bata Museum Screening in Toronto
Join us for the premiere of this extraordinary documentary about the work of Bishop Isaac Stringer, an Anglican missionary who was stationed in the Arctic in the early 20th century as filmed by his grandson cinematographer Richard Stringer. A labour of love and a personal quest to learn more about his grandfather, Stringer documented the Bishop’s treacherous journey to the north and his efforts to convert the Inuit to Christianity. Unfortunately, Stringer passed away before completing the film which was later finished by his many friends and colleagues. Family friend Gail Singer will be on hand to introduce the film and a tour of Art & Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection will complete the afternoon.