Vistas: Crossing the Line

Vistas: Crossing the Line

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Filmmaker Tracey Deer's short film turns the politics and conflicts of a playground sandbox into an allegory for the way nations treat one another, and the borders seem to do more harm than good.

Vistas is a series of 13 short films on nationhood from 13 Indigenous filmmakers from Halifax to Vancouver. It was a collaborative project between the NFB and APTN to bring Indigenous perspectives and stories to an international audience.

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Vistas: Crossing the Line, Tracey Deer, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Tracey Deer
  • writer
    Tracey Deer
    Cynthia Knight
  • cast
    Zack Martin
    William Monette
    Karon:iase Bruin Montour
  • extra
    Chase Brascoup
    Dean Brascoup
  • director of photography
    Paul Taylor
  • editor
    Carl Freed
  • music
    Alain Auger
  • sound recordist
    Toby Richardson
  • boom operator
    Tod Van Dyk
  • 3D consultant
    Bill White
    Gary Isaacs
  • storyboard artist
    Jonathan Ng
  • 1st assistant director
    Geoffrey Uloth
  • script supervisor
    Marie Beaulieu
  • 2nd assistant director
    Jason Lee
  • key grip
    Claude Fortin
  • grip
    Carlo Secchiaroli
    Alain Croix
  • 1st assistant camera
    Nicolas Marion
  • wardrobe
    Suzana Fischer
  • makeup
    Laurie Jackson
  • production designer
    Donna Noonan
  • art director
    Bradley Jonasson
  • props
    Christopher Johnstone
  • digital management technician
    Lawrence Lafetière
  • production assistant
    Stephanie Scott
  • minor coordinator
    Susannah Heath-Eves
    Meghan Maike
    Stephanie Scott
  • location manager
    Angie Pepper Obomsawin
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • sound design
    Don Ayer
  • mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • sound researcher
    Meghan Maike
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • production coordinator
    Camila Blos
    Heather Gibb
    Christine Williams
  • program administrator
    Stephanie Brown
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • technical supervisor
    Steve Hallé
    Scott Collins
  • digital editing supervisor
    Danielle Raymond
  • digital editing technician
    Isabelle Painchaud
  • 3D team
    Marylin Drolet
    Munro Ferguson
    Susan Gourley
    Paul Kroitor
    Maral Mohammadian
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Kat Baulu
    Joe MacDonald
    Vanessa Loewen
  • associate producer
    Dara Moats
  • executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Peter Strutt
  • jansapp007

    I am showing films such as these to my writing class who are then assigned a challenge task: Write a minimum of 5 sentences (using simple, compound, complex/compound sentences) in your written response to the film. After the film is shown, we discuss the themes and ideas, then we freewrite for 10 minutes. Students develop their organized para. at home and turn in for an assignment. On this past Friday, I had no absences and no tardies! Video Power!

    jansapp007, 27 Feb 2011
  • uwasawaya

    This short film had a surprising degree of 'shock' in the ending; it makes such a strong point because it was just so completely illogical. The response of the second lad coming to the aid of the first, both brunettes, when the very blond bully sort was predictable. What took me by complete surprise was that the 'defender/protector' then turned on the first child in exactly the same manner that the first bully had done. Very smart production. It is all just so sad, such a waste of life and potential, and causes so much pain when people draw those lines in the sand. We all got here the same way, we all leave the same way and while we are here, we all need and basically want the same things. National borders are simply artificial boundaries put in place by 'someone' who wants/ed to protect their turf...when it was never theirs to protect in the first place. It would be so simple if everyone born on this planet could view it and themselves as just part of the whole and not as being the most important part of some fragment of the human family. We are all native Earthlings and viewing each other with suspicion and/or fear based on variety in appearance or language is just so shallow. As humans, we seem to treasure variety in everything except each other. Wow; this short production still has me a little boggled.

    uwasawaya, 3 Feb 2011

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