Crew films on Lesser Slave Lake

Chris Clegg
For the Lakeside Leader

Did anyone notice a few TV cameras rolling on Lesser Slave Lake by Joussard in early March? Somebody did, and alerted the press. What we found out is that local Metis women were being filmed for a five-minute documentary called Lake.

“The film, directed by Alexandra Lazarowich, is one of four films in our new series Five Feminist Minutes 2019,” says National Film Board publicist Jennifer Mair.

Lazarowich is the daughter of long-time Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pearl Calahasen. According to the NFB, the film presents a contemporary portrait of Metis women net fishing in Northern Alberta. David Christensen and Coty Savard are the producers. Local people involved in the film were Kevin Bell, Louis Bellrose, Maureen Caudron-Bell, Keith Calahasen and Jamie Linington.

Lazarowich is a filmmaker with a passion for Indigenous stories, says the NFB release. Her 2019 documentary Fast Horse won the Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing at the Sundance Film Festival. Lake will screen at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.

It will also stream on NFB.ca and Facebook for free, starting May 1.

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