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Holy Angels

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
2017 | 13 min 57 s

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2017

  • Founder's Award and Indigenous Award Yorkton Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionMontreal First Peoples Festival 2018

  • Programmer's Choice Alberta Short DocumentaryEdmonton International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival 2018


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Q&A with Jay Cardinal Villeneuve

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Images

Rosamond Norbury
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Phoenix Alec with Selwyn Jacob
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Phoenix Alec with Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Rosamond Norburry
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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Desmond May
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Photo from production: Jay, Lisa Kolisnyk, Meredith Lewis, Amy Belling (behind the camera), Tyler Burrows
Lisa Kolisnyk
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Lena Wandering Spirit and Jay Cardinal VIlleneuve
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Lena Wandering Spirit
Desmond May
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Photo from production: Desmond May, Caroline Coutts, Amy Belling, Jay, Selwyn, Jeff Henschel

Team


Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Director
Biography
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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve is a filmmaker and actor from Slave Lake, Alberta. He graduated from the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Diploma Program at Capilano University and was selected to take part in the inaugural Whistler Film Festival Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. Over the last decade, he has independently produced his own films and had acting roles in The Revenant (2015) and the APTN series Coyote Science. From March 2011 to June 2015, he recorded the private statements of residential school survivors for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was organized in response to the abuses of Canada’s Indian residential school system. This experience served as the impetus for his NFB-produced short film, Holy Angels. Jay lives in Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish territories.


Selwyn Jacob
Producer
Biography
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Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob joined the National Film Board’s BC & Yukon Studio in 1997 and has gone on to produce nearly 50 NFB films. His many credits include Crazywater, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive app Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. Jacob’s most recent feature documentary credits include Mina Shum’s Ninth Floor, about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 that was selected to TIFF’s 2015 annual top ten list of best Canadian films, and Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a conservative Indo-Canadian family living in small-town British Columbia.

Credits

Written and Directed by
JAY CARDINAL VILLENEUVE

Featuring
LENA WANDERING SPIRIT
PHOENIX ALEC

Producer
SELWYN JACOB

Director of Photography
AMY BELLING

Editor
ILEANA PIETROBRUNO

Composer
WAYNE LAVALLEE

Associate Producer
TERI SNELGROVE

Production Supervisor
JENNIFER ROWORTH

Production Manager
CAROLINE COUTTS

Additional Cinematography
KIRK TOUGAS

First Assistant Camera
DESMOND MAY

Gaffer
TYLER BURROWS

Sound Recordist
JEFF HENSCHEL
LISA KOLISNYK

Choreographer
MICHELLE OLSON

Costume Designer
DAWN MABEE

Stills Photographer
ROSAMOND NORBURY

Puppet Maker
DUSTIN HAGERUD

Production Coordinator
KAT JAYME
JUSTIN MAH
KRISTYN STILLING

Production Assistant
ALAN REID
LU ZHANG
MEREDITH LEWIS

Technical Coordinator
WES MACHNIKOWSKI

Sound Design and Re-Recording Mixer
CHRIS MCINTOSH

Digital Colourist
ANDREA CHLEBAK

Finishing Services
UMEDIA

Marketing Manager
LESLIE STAFFORD

Publicist
KATJA DEBOCK

Studio Administrator
CARLA JONES

Executive Producer
SHIRLEY VERCRUYSSE

Thanks
Elaine Alec
Jenny Breukelman
Darryl Cardinal
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta
Kevin Courtoreille
Marta Dabros
Sister Cecile Goyer
Joseph Gibot
Kathy “Nan” Omoth
Edward Marten
John Michael
Starr Muranko
Fort Chipewyan Bicentennial Museum
Suzanne Plourde
Father Reddy
Rob “Kasp” Sawan
Carla Ulrich
Willow Song Sparrow Villeneuve
Michelle Van Beusekom
Geoff Waterfall

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