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  • Employing a range of cinematic techniques, three directors craft stylish and thoughtful reflections on the COVID-19 experience.

  • Animated bedtime stories for budding rebels in the post-COVID world.

  • Inspiring, insightful and wildly inventive, these works explore the physical and emotional aspects of pandemic isolation.

  • These creators defy clichéd representations of their communities while navigating the uncharted waters of a global health emergency.

  • Distinct voices, speaking from different points on the COVID-19 map, enhance our understanding of the pandemic experience.

  • What new knowledge does COVID reveal? As old systems and attitudes crumble, artists muse on the impact and creative potential of disruption.

  • Made in the Beyond the Curve documentary lab, these seven short films capture their creators’ perspectives on the pandemic’s multifaceted impacts in Quebec.

The Curve

The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and creativity, are bringing to life the voice of Canadians touched by Covid-19, both near and far.

The Curve is an online destination where these experiences will be expressed in animation, documentary and digital storytelling formats.

Melaw Nakehk’o

Melaw Nakehk’o
Melaw Nakehk’o is a Dene/Dënesųłiné artist based out of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She’s had a distinguished career as an artist, community leader and actor, and is recognized for her exemplary work in reviving and teaching moosehide tanning techniques. This work has initiated a resurgence of the practice, shaping a broader community building movement within Canada (#revolutionmoosehide). She is a founding member of Dene Nahjo.

Kristin Catherwood

Kristin Catherwood
Kristin Catherwood was raised on a century family farm and currently lives between Ceylon and Radville, Saskatchewan, in Treaty Four Territory. She holds an M.A. in Folklore from Memorial University and is dedicated to telling the extraordinary stories of the prairie landscape that has shaped her life. Kristin’s writing can be seen on, and she previously worked as social-media coordinator on the NFB’s The Grasslands Project. Her previous films include Lift, Spur (2019) and Ride (2017).

Galen Johnson

Galen Johnson
Galen Johnson is an artist and filmmaker from Winnipeg, Canada. After graduating from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for a number of years before acting as production designer, composer, co-editor and co-director of numerous Guy Maddin features and shorts (The Forbidden Room, Seances, The Green Fog, Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton, Accidence, Stump the Guesser, The Rabbit Hunters).