Meet Rylan Friday, Reel Causes’ Guest Indigenous Curator

  • Aug 18, 2019
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On September 19th, Reel Causes is hosting our #Indigeneity event, a program of shorts selected by our Guest Indigenous Curator Rylan Friday. We’re thrilled to have Rylan on board. Learn more about him below.

Rylan Friday is a multi-media storyteller, writer and producer hailing from the Cote First Nation based out of Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Rylan got his start in media by graduating from BCIT’s Radio Broadcast and Communications program producing radio documentaries showcasing various First Nations topics pertaining to recovering from colonization and reconciliation, with an emphasis on storytelling. 

In 2015, Rylan eventually made the leap into film and has directed two short films This Bright Flash and Spirited Away: A Documentary. In 2017, he became a founding member of the now defunct Indigenous International Film Festival based out of Vancouver. His credits range from 1491: The Untold Stories of The America’s before ColumbusIndian Horse and The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open. His goal is to bring LGBTQ2 and First Nations stories to the big screen, sharing hidden truths while encouraging the younger generations to be open and express themselves artistically.

Currently, he’s producing Trevor Mack’s directorial debut Portraits From a Fire and helping implement a peer to peer mentorship with STORYHIVE for Mack’s film, which will pair Indigenous youth with a crew member in northern BC.

Rylan has selected seven films for our September 19th #Indigeneity event: OChiSkwaCho (Jules Koostachin), ʔEtsu (Trevor Mack), Holy Angels (Jay Cardinal Villeneuve), Iridescence (Maxime Beauchamp), Cedar Tree of Life (Odessa Shuquaya), Nite Ride (Olivia Marie Golosky and Danielle Black/Sui-Taa-Kii) and My Friend Michael Jones (Samson Rambo and Ian Leaupepe).

“My intention is to bring out the small threads from the stories being shown and how they’ve all woven together older generations, our myths, legends, colonial traumas and how these stories build a platform for the next generation to tell their truths through visual based storytelling and to reclaim their identity,” said Rylan.

Purchase tickets for the September 19th #Indigeneity event here.


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About Reel Causes Society

Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.

City of Vancouver
SFU Woodwards
BC Arts Council