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Presented by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation


In a tightknit Cree community in northern Canada, 16-year-­old Alyssa’s plans to become a mom begin to unravel.

Produced with a grant awarded by bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), a division of Bell Media Inc.

Creative team

Producer: Christine Kleckner
Writer/director: Danis Goulet

About the creative team

Christine and Danis

Danis Goulet

Danis’ short film Wapawekka (2010) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

Her previous short films spin (2003) and Divided by Zero (2006) have screened at numerous festivals in Canada and around the world including Sundance, the Smithsonian’s Native American Film + Video Festival and the Message Sticks Film Festival at the Sydney Opera House.

Her latest short, Barefoot (2012), was selected for the Canada: Not Short on Talent Showcase at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Danis’ work has been broadcast on CBC, APTN, Air Canada, and Movieola and she is an alumnus the TIFF Talent Lab.

Danis currently develops initiatives for the Aboriginal arts sector at the Ontario Arts Council and is the former executive director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Danis (Cree/Métis) was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and now resides in Toronto.

Christine Kleckner

Christine’s most recent work is the short film Wapawekka (2010).

During her time with the National Film Board of Canada, she collaborated on groundbreaking projects including the multi-platform Filmmaker-in-Residence, Home Again, and The Stories We Tell.

Christine also worked on CTV’s acclaimed Corner Gas and her productions have been acquired by CBC and Air Canada.

Christine resides in Toronto working freelance in documentary and drama.

About the cast

Emily Roberts / Alyssa

Emily was born in Saskatoon and grew up in Hall Lake and Prince Albert. Aged 17, she enjoys both athletics and the arts, and can be found singing regularly in talent shows across northern Saskatchewan. Emily lives with her family and two pets, including a dog named Famous after her dream of becoming a star – but only after university.

Cole Ballantyne / Brandon

Cole lives in Prince Albert, already an accomplished jigger at 17. When not performing as part of the Northern Prairie Dancers, Cole can be found sparring at the Wildcats Boxing Club and volunteering in his community. He plans to study performing arts in university.

Kassie Svendsen / Charlene

Seventeen year old Kassie has lived in Prince Albert all her life. A high school student at St. Mary’s, she is a vital member of the school’s wrestling team. Off the mat, Kassie enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring her emerging artistic side.

Take me back to the NSI Drama Prize film gallery