Brébeuf is a study of St. Ignace II, in Huronia, where the ethnographers and Jesuit missionaries, later saints, Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lalemant, were killed in 1649. The images in this film arise from a reading of that story - the joining of the sumac and the cross, the blessing gestures, struggles in the field, elliptical scans of stones, and the shimmering of water to summon a glimpse of the flesh boiled from the skin, in fables of the killing. Brébeuf draws from the dark and storied history of early Western conquest, rediscovering in the harsh, untamed landscape of the North resonances of the violent conflicts between the Jesuits, the Huron, and the Iroquois.
Made with the assistance of Emmalyne Laurin. This film was processed at Niagara Custom Lab in Toronto. The optical soundtrack was made by Ray Cook and Dean Allen at Skylight Studios Ltd. Post-production was completed at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Telecine was done at Frame Discreet. Thanks to Lianna Hillerup and Karl Reinsalu.
Brébeuf is distributed in North America by the Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre (cfmdc.org/node/56428).
02/18/16 - Video Jam, Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester, England
01/14/16 - Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON, Canada
11/12/15 - Video Jam, Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester, England
10/21/15 - MassArt Film Society, Boston, MA, USA
10/20/15 - AgX Film Collective, Waltham, MA, USA
10/18/15 - Mono No Aware, Brooklyn, NY, USA
08/25/15 - Buffalo Public Library, Buffalo, NY, USA
02/28/15 - $100 Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
01/09/15 - The Factory Media Arts Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
12/04/14 - Canadian Film Institute, Café Ex / Club Saw, Ottawa, Canada
10/26/13 - LaunchPad Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
10/05/13 - Views from the Avant-Garde, New York City, New York, USA