Chief Tzouhalem is a local hero of the Coast Salish people around British Columbia and this is his story….
Screening in British Columbia
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World Broadcast Premiere
March 13th at 7:30 pm
Chief Tzouhalem is a local legend not everyone knows about. This hero of the Coast Salish people was feared and revered. But for filmmakers Leslie D. Bland and Harold Joe, their goal in the documentary simply titled Tzouhalem is to educate viewers about this person–and distinguish fact from fiction. One day, they hope to recreate his role in the bloody Battle of Maple Bay on the same cinematic scale as Lord of the Rings. Many tribes were involved in this naval battle done riding canoes and welding spears.
After Joe finished film studies at Capilano, he partnered up with Bland to create works about First Nations culture. The latter often executive produced. Dust and Bones looks at Harold’s work as an archaeological consultant. Before, he worked as a traditional gravedigger for his nation, and after that documentary, he was an actor in the web series, Ollie and Emma.
This week is filled with two celebrations! It’s not only International Animation Day (October 28) but also All Hallow’s Eve (Oct 31st). The two can go hand in hand acknowledging the season (one such work does), but for The National Film Board of Canada, they are acknowledging four works by women as well as new Indigenous animation from the Hothouse Animation Apprenticeship program. They are now available for streaming online at NFB.ca
Reading / signing:
Oct 23, 2017
7:00 pm at Bolen Books
1644 Hillside Ave #111
Oct 27, 2017
5:30 pm at Arbutus Room B300
Vancouver Island University (map)
900 Fifth St
Octobere 28, 2017
12:00pm (reading at 12:30pm)
6670 Mary Ellen Drive
Summer is over, and people are planning their itineraries for the All Hallow’s Eve season. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn will be released on October 10th by TouchWood Editions and later in the month will be a presentation at Bolen Books. This collection of stories shows how some spooky legends persist year-round. If you are not careful when exploring those forbidden trails or handling forgotten relics unearthed while spelunking about, those spirits can get you! Well, that’s only if you are superstitious.
Sinn offers a grounded approach to understanding how the folklore developed. He is also out to bust some myths. That is, to distinguish fact from fiction and not be afraid to hurt some feelings along the way. He is a member of the British Columbia Ghosts & Hauntings Research Society (BCGHRS) and Paranormal Studies and Inquiries Canada (PSICAN) where using a realistic approach at examining the lore is paramount. Both value obtaining accurate information through library archive digging and talking to those who experienced a supernatural encounter first-hand. When he is not busy with work for these organizations, he maintains the Living Library website and is the author of Way of the Wraith, a work of paranormal fiction. This novel is of particular interest since he’s crafting short stories in this shared universe. He is currently in the Creative Writing & Journalism program at Vancouver Island University to further develop his skills. And with this background, he’s the perfect investigative reporter to delve into the mysteries on this island located West of Canada.