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Indigenous Education Network — State Violence & Indigenous Resistance Screening Series 3

March 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The indigenous Education Network continues its State Violence & Indigenous Resistance Film Series on Monday March 19th at 7PM. This free event will include a screening of Thirza Cuthand’s JUST DANDY (2013), Alec Butler’s short film trilogy, MISADVENTURES OF PUSSY BOY, followed by a reading from Butler’s novella “Rough Paradise” and a performance piece by Thirza Cuthand.

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Join us for a FREE screening of Thirza Cuthand’s “Just Dandy” (2013) Alec Butler’s short film trilogy “Misadventures of Pussy Boy” followed a reading from Alec’s novella “Rough Paradise” and performance piece by Thirza Cuthand.

Light refreshments will be served.

Doors open at 6:30pm. FREE event, all are welcome. ASL interpretation provided. No tickets or registration required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alec Butler is an award winning playwright and filmmaker; they are author of Black Friday? a ground-breaking work for theatre that was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. Creator of the award winning animated film trilogy about growing up Two-Spirit/Intersex called Misadventures of Pussy Boy, winner of the best short at the TranScreen, the international Transgender Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2013. Other films include Audrey’s Beard, and Trans Cabaret. Currently Alec is a student at the University of Toronto majoring in Indigenous Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies.

Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 they have been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, Hot Docs in Toronto, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where their short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. Their work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. They completed their BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and their Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University. In 1999 they were an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where they completed Through The Looking Glass. In 2012 they were an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where they completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015 they were commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. In the summer of 2016 they began working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on their experience learning and dealing with their bipolar disorder. It showed at ImagineNATIVE and they are planning to further develop it. They have also written three feature screenplays and sometimes does performance art. They are of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently reside in Toronto.

MISADVENTURES OF PUSSY BOY directed by Alec Butler:
FIRST LOVE, 5 min.
SICK, 6 min.
Synopsis: “Misadventures of Pussy Boy” is trilogy of short animated videos told from the point of view of Two-Spirit/non-binary teen Alick.
In “First Love” Alick is seduced by femme siren K with token resistance, their shared outsider status draws them together against the tyranny of high school bullies.
In “Sick” Alick is queer bashed at school, K inspires Alick with the power of reclaiming hurtful words.
In “First Period”, the title is a double entendre for the first period of highschool and Alick’s first menstrual cycle, a shocking event that sends Alick into an emotional tailspin. Alick also tells the story of how they acquired the name “pussy boy”.

JUST DANDY directed by Thirza Cuthand, 8 min.
Invited to speak at an Indigenous Revolutionary Meeting, the narrator describes an intimate encounter with an Evil Colonizing Queen which leads to Turtle Island’s contraction of an invasive European flora.



March 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
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