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HIGHWAY OF TEARS: VIMEO ON DEMAND

Very happy to announce that “Highway of Tears” is now available on Vimeo On Demand.

HIGHWAY OF TEARS from Matt Smiley on Vimeo.

Since the late 1960s, at least forty young women have disappeared along the “Highway of Tears” — a 500-mile, single-lane stretch of roadway in northern British Columbia. Shrouded in mystery until a recent Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) special investigation linked DNA from one of the vanished victims to a deceased American criminal, these cold cases reveal sweeping crimes: kidnapping, rape, torture, murder, and the disposal of human bodies.

Aboriginal communities have experienced the brunt of the brutality: dozens of their women have disappeared along the highway, victims of not only murderous predators, but of a pervasive, systemic racism that keeps them marginalized on impoverished reservations. First Nation leaders and activists contend there has been little interest in further investigating the crimes and in apprehending their killers.

Narrated by TV Star Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” CBS), Matthew Smiley’s award-winning documentary illustrates the personal stories of the victim’s families and explores how a legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment, and endemic violence in their communities continues to contribute to their tragic fate.

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PUNK ME TENDER ART SHOWING (LAST DAY) AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL IN HOLLYWOOD

Napoleon by Punk Me Tender

Very pleased to be hosting the last night of PUNK ME TENDER‘s art showing at the Roosevelt Hotel this upcoming Saturday January, 17, 2015 from 9-11pm. The cocktail & art showing will be hosted by Jameson Black Barrel and Pernod Absinthe. Teddy’s will be introducing their new cocktail hour and lounge vibe for those that want a nice meeting place to start off your Saturday night.

For reservations & a detailed list of the art pieces available (pricing), please email: info@mattsmiley.com.

Smiley Soda Pope Presents: Punk Me Tender Closing Art Event at Teddy's
Smiley Soda Pope Presents: Punk Me Tender Closing Art Event at Teddy’s

Following the art event, Rose Garcia and Good Boy will be hosting DJs RUBY SPARKS, GOOD BOY & a closing set by PUNK ME TENDER from 11pm-2am.

Teddy's at the Roosevelt Hotel
Rose Garcia & Good Boy Present: PUNK ME TENDER CLOSING PARTY at Teddy’s.

For bottle service and table reservations, please contact: (323) 466-7000. You can always email: info@mattsmiley.com and I’ll make arrangements for you.

 

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Canada AM: Unraveling ‘Highway of Tears’ | CTV News

Director Matthew Smiley

With the premiere at the TIFF Human Rights Watch Film Festival on Thursday  March 6, director Matthew Smiley visits CTV News. He details how he came to tell the story of missing women and whether the police have done enough in these cases.

Matthew Smiley on CTV News talking about "Highway of Tears"
Matthew Smiley: Director of “Highway of Tears” on CTV News.

Here is a link to the interview: 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=301946

Terry Teegee
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Chief Terry Teegee in “Highway of Tears”

Narrated by Nathan Fillion, “Highway of Tears” chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia’s Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths. Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretchof Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the “Highway of Tears,” victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers. “Highway of Tears” not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.