Two generations of filmmakers each discover the meaning of filmmaking in Saskatchewan through the cosmic prairie landscapes.
Writer/director/producer: Weiye Su
This film is inspired by Evelyn Spice Cherry. Cherry made hundreds of documentaries, and her films were widely distributed in Canada during the 1930s and 40s.
I found her life story fascinating. Especially since women were often considered ‘less important’ in the early 20th century. And Cherry, as a female, achieved extraordinary success in filmmaking. So I was drawn to make a film about a woman filmmaker.
In an early NFB interview, Cherry said that making films in Canada was like building something which [they] hoped would continue after the war, and this would be valuable to the people of Canada. But her words saddened me. In reality, her legacy had been long forgotten in Saskatchewan and Canada. Nearly no one remembers her or sees her films nowadays.
I began to ponder to myself: what could she mean about filmmaking being valuable if it had been forgotten? And how would other Saskatchewan filmmakers, such as Cherry, deal with their films being forgotten?
In my film the character Evelyn becomes a representation of many Saskatchewan filmmakers. And it becomes a personal film involving myself, as a young filmmaker, on a quest to find the meaning of being a Saskatchewan filmmaker.
At the end, the young filmmaker finds an alternative to his quest. But you should also know that:
“An overwhelming hallucination [of desolate landscape] can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled … and feel some huge, cosmic love.” – Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
About Weiye Su
Weiye Su is a Saskatchewan-based film student, amateur photographer and landscape lover.
His first short documentary, Gone, Gone, Gone With The Winn’s, screens at the 2017 Canada and China International Film Festival (Montreal, QC) in the fall. It previously screened at the 2017 Queen City Short May Film Festival (Regina, SK) winning the audience choice award. It also screened at the 2016 Flamingo Student Film Festival (Atlantic, US) where it was nominated for best cinematography.
His newest short film, Evelyn and I, was selected by the Top Shorts Online Film Festival, and received an honourable mention for experimental.