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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.

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Santa Monica Art Walk

Hello Everyone,

We’re at it again.  Our team is feverishly working on completing “Highway of Tears” so we’ll be announcing some details very shortly on the release. I wanted to extend an invite to anyone in Santa Monica this Thursday, July 18th to join me for a fun few hours at the annual Art Walk on Montana street. I’ll be stationed at the Prudential California Realty Offices of Simon Salloom from 5pm-9pm, located at 1308 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

Come by and check out the artwork. It’s going to be the last showing before I unveil my new pieces in October. Big, bold and better than EVER.

NEVER FORGET TO PLAY ~

Smiley

Santa Monica Art Walk featuring Matt Smiley
Santa Monica Art Walk featuring Matt Smiley

 

 

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The Sherry Theater Art Walk with James Franco, Jeff Wack & Matt Smiley

Hi Everyone,

I’m excited to share that I will be participating in an Art Walk to raise funds for The Sherry Theater in North Hollywood. Artists James Franco and Jeff Wack will be showcasing their work too, so there’s surely going to be a few some great pieces to explore on Saturday May 18th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

James franco
James franco

There’s some really fun activities planned for this weekend. On Friday night, there will be a 24 Hour Play showcase, along with Spoken Words by talented performers, followed by a party at 11:00pm.

Saturday will be the Art Walk hosted by James Franco, Jeff Wack and myself. There will be fun art activities for guests to experiment with at the theater.

 

Youppi Smiley
Youppi Smiley

I can’t wait to see what great filmmakers Artisitic Director, Scott Haze has lined up for the 120 Hour Film Festival on Saturday night, following the Art Walk. I’ve participated in a few 48 Hour Film Festivals in the past and it’s always interesting to see how a creative group can create amazing projects in such a short time span.

The Moon Jeff Wack
The Moon Jeff Wack

Sunday is fun-day from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. It’s kids play time, complete with mural painting, a movie screening and fun improv games. There’s also a free improv session at 6:00pm followed by a live music karaoke bash!

Come join The Sherry Theater gang and support the arts. Buy tickets for the 24 Hour Play here and the 120 Hour Films Festival here. Tickets for the  It’s sure to be a full house!

The Sherry Theater Art Walk with James Franco, Jeff Wack & Matt Smiley + an amazing 120 Hour Film Festival Screening.
The Sherry Theater Art Walk with James Franco, Jeff Wack & Matt Smiley + an amazing 120 Hour Film Festival Screening.

Be sure to check out Scott Haze’s performance in James’ new film “As I lay Dying” that will be premiering at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. James Franco wrote and directed the film based on William Faulkner’s story.

If you don’t have anything planned. Come out and discover a great local theater. Who knows, maybe you’ll participate in the next production!

Mon métier et mon artc’est vivre.