Experience the origin myth of how the horse came to the Blackfoot people hundreds of years ago. Then see how one modern day Blackfoot elder is working to re-connect the youth to this vital part of their culture.
It’s customary in the Blackfoot tradition to transfer knowledge, exactly as it was taught to you, by telling stories. The story of how the horse first crossed paths with the Blackfoot is folklore, like a parable from a dream and now myth. Guided by the voice of a Blackfoot elder, this cinematic journey invites the viewer in to be a part of the legend. Patrick Provost, a near 70-year-old Blackfoot man of the Piikani nation in Southern Alberta, has entwined his life with his horses. Having grown up with a deep connection to the animal, he is infamous for breaking and training internationally-renowned colts. His efforts are now all focused on how he can help the youth of today re-connect with this legendary animal so significant to their way of life.
Our team is unique in that it pairs a filmmaker with a Blackfoot elder. Our goal is to create an engaging experience in getting to discover a part of what makes the horse so significant to the Blackfoot tradition.
Tye is Patrick’s son who along with Pat are creating an equine therapy camp that brings disaffected and addicted youth into a practice that reconnects them with their culture while treating their challenges. He has gone through special training in the USA to offer these camps, but has adapted them to fit the Blackfoot community and way of life.
Patrick Provost, a near 70-year-old Blackfoot man of the Piikani nation in Southern Alberta, has entwined his life with his horses. Having grown up with a deep connection to the animal, and was infamous for breaking and training colts and bucking broncos. Selling some of the most renowned horses on the rodeo circuit and to the Calgary Stampede. He lives on a modest plot of land just up the hill from where he grew up on the Piikani reserve.
On Patrick's land, he has hosted a Sundance ceremony. Once the building of the structure and ceremony is complete. The structure still remains as it slowly becomes reclaimed by nature. Having the ability to shoot the documentary in an amongst features like this at Patrick's home will allow for a deep immersion into this place for the viewer.
The feeling of nature is ever present on the land, and we plan on making full use of everything it provides us while shooting.
When we met Patrick and his family, with cameras in hand, we were overcome with awe as nature decided to show us how stunning the feeling of this landscsape could be with a sunset shower, and a rainbow all happening at the same time. With nature so pervasive and beautiful and interesting in Southern Alberta, it'll be hard to not have just beauty shots throughout the whole film.
I'm keen to utilize my professional connections with the Galt Museum in Lethbridge to arrange for a display for the VR film and linear story. The museum is on traditional Blackfoot land and often promote work honouring this. I hope to leverage my connections with the Galt Museum to also see about curating the work with the larger Royal Alberta Museum. Slated to open later this year, a large focus of the museum has been on acquiring Indigenous materials and stories. In particular, they have put a large focus on audio / visual content for their Alberta Indigenous exhibit.
Because the immersive film will need to be experienced, access to hardware for audience will be important. So getting the film into physical installations must be a focus. I hope to leverage my connections with the Galt Museum to also see about curating the work with the larger Royal Alberta Museum. Slated to open later this year, a large focus of the museum has been on acquiring Indigenous materials and stories. In particular, they have put a large focus on audio / visual content for their Alberta Indigenous exhibit.
Having participated in festival runs with narrative short films, I'm very keen on seeing the different markets / community screenings / festivals we can engage in with a documentary project. Particularly events that have a focus on community building, reconciliation initiatives, and inclusivity programming.
Increasingly it has become a focus for larger N. American festivals to include VR programming alongside their main programs (as seen with SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, etc). Along with this there are burgeoning arts & technology festivals which focus on new medias that would be an excellent fit to submit our short VR film to (Currents New Media, etc). We will create a submission strategy to program this immersive film in a combination of these exhibitions / festivals.