Tracey Deer is a filmmaker from Kahnawake. She obtained her degree in Film Studies from Dartmouth College, graduating with two awards of excellence. She began her professional career with CanWest Broadcasting in Montreal and later joined Rezolution Pictures of Montreal. She was co-director of ONE MORE RIVER, a film that documented the emotional and political turmoil within the Cree Nation when they signed a new deal to allow more hydroelectric damming on their land. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Rendez-vous des Cinema Quebecois in 2005, and was nominated for the Donald Brittain Best Social/Political Documentary at the Geminis. The film was broadcast on APTN in March 2005. Her second film was MOHAWK GIRLS, which she wrote, directed, and filmed, about the lives of three Mohawk teenagers growing up on the Kahnawake reserve. It was co-produced with Rezolution Pictures and the National Film Board, and won the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in 2005. More recent projects include a feature documentary CLUB NATIVE, which examines the concept of modern Native identity, and a feature documentary about a Mohawk immersion elementary school, with Mushkeg Media, as well as two short fiction films currently in development with her production company, Mohawk Princess Pictures. (10/08)
A film by Tracey Deer, 2005, 53 min., Color
In MOHAWK GIRLS, filmmaker Tracey Deer intimately captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future. Lik...