Tyler (Lulua), a young aspiring filmmaker, spends his days comedically documenting life on the Tl’etinqox Reserve where he lives, but everything changes when he meets the mysterious Aaron (Koostachin) who encourages him to tell a new kind of story. What starts out as a personal project about his family soon leads to the reveal of a shocking secret that threatens to unravel his life.
A coming of age story that is often funny and surreal, this debut feature from director Trevor Mack is also a poignant look at the importance of family and being in touch with one’s ancestry.
“Portraits from a Fire boasts some superb production values… wrapped around a simple, heartfelt tale that is clearly close to the heart of its 29-year-old director.” – Chris Knight, The National Post
Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot'in)
Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot'in filmmaker. His first short film, The Blanketing, screened at festivals across North America, including the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival. He has also directed numerous shorts, including Clouds of Autumn, which won the award for best Canadian short at imagineNATIVE. Portraits from a Fire is his first feature. He is currently working on his next film, Journey of a Drop.
Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot'in), Derek Vermillion (Cree), Manny Mahal
Nathaniel Arcand (Plains Cree), William Magnus Lulua (Tsilhqot'in/Secwépemc/Cree), Asivak Koostachin (Cree/Inuk), Pauline Bob-King (Tsilhqot'in)
Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot'in), Kate Kroll, Rylan Friday (Saulteaux Ojibway/Plains Cree)
BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker
English, Other Language