It’s been such a blessing to witness this beautiful film come to life.
From the very beginning when my nephew first called
& let me know what he was wanting to do,
which was to make a documentary on mountains.
To of course me asking how he'd be including his indigenous roots as part of it
otherwise why else call this auntie?
Last summer and this summer were the absolute nuttiest summers for me ever!
IF anyone knows me, I"m all about less work - more mom
so taking on anything additional was a
the auntie in me needed to support this artist in the making, my nephew
& his friend who is the nerdiest nerd I know
But nerds are smart & they doers & everyone should have at least one friend whose a nerd!
ok I'll help these kids out
I thought it might take a day or two of my life.
A million texts
Two years later.
& broken promises on my end too if I"m being honest
(I was to climb with them but no time for play, it's been all work which btw I did make them slave for me too)
Fast forward to the middle of the chaos
when I was overwhelmed with my own stuff
my day job
my momma roles to the kid and pooch
forget food and house chores
articles, edits, emails, blaaaaahhhhh!!
adding these two to the lists seriously about drove me bat shit crazy (for real!)
But I couldn't say no.
Not to them or this.
Especially after the non stop lectures I'd already given them on Indigenous protocols.
So I stuck it out because what other kids are out there
getting high on mountains
& making movies on climate change?
Its' been a couple of years with this & them.
There've been many teachable moments.
A few mistakes.
A few retakes.
A few headaches
and a lot of laughter.
Being with them was like being with my younger self.
Sheesh my poor parents!
Freeing, crazy, silly, inspiring & full of drive and dreams.
As the film is in its final stages, preparing for its official debuts,
I think about how I’m going to miss these two
& all this extra chaos
(ok I won't really miss the chaos & I highly doubt these two will be disappearing, especially with Evan feeling like one of them!)
So Thank you Jaide & Trist
for allowing me to share this beautiful & inspiring journey with you.
I’m excited to see where you both go
I'm a little sad that’s it over but mostly relieved & grateful.
You’ll always remember this as your first film
& I’m really proud to have been a part of it.
I look forward to seriously finding my solitude
after all that so not solitude with this film (giggles)
I most certainly hope I can make at least one of the debuts!
Regardless of if I make one or not, of course I think it’s worthy of adding it to your must see list!
For more info on this, them and where you can see :
ʔušy̓aksiiƛeic Finding Solitude Film
for guilting me into the mountains with you!
One of our Nuu-chah-nulth words for happy
stems from nuči which means mountain
because when you're happy
you're high like mountains!
(so cool hey?!)
#findingsolitudefilm #indigenousstorytelling #nuuchanulth #komoks #firstnations #sacredmountains