In the Land of the Head Hunters

USA/Canada 1914. Dir: Edward S. Curtis. 65 min. DCP

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 - 6:30PM
SPECIAL INTRODUCTION BY COLIN BROWNE

NEW DCP RESTORATION! 100th ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS!The Cinematheque and Vancity Theatre join together this weekend to celebrate the centenary of a cinema landmark. In the Land of the Head Hunters was the first feature film made in B.C. and is the oldest extant feature made in Canada. It’s also the first feature made with an entirely indigenous North American cast. A portrait of the Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) people of northern Vancouver Island and the central coast, it was directed by Edward S. Curtis, the renowned American photographer of First Nations life. The film mixes documentary and dramatic elements, recording authentic traditions and rituals, including the potlatch ceremony, but also offering an epic tale of love, war, and adventure set in pre-European times. It premiered in New York and Seattle on December 7, 1914. This beautiful restoration features John J. Branham’s original 1914 score performed by Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble. The Cinematheque screens the film December 5 & 6; Vancity will present it on December 7, the centenary date.


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Colin Browne is a writer, filmmaker, and film historian who participated in the restoration of Edward S. Curtis’ In the Land of the Head Hunters. He is a Professor Emeritus, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

For information about Vancity Theatre’s December 7 presentation of In the Land of the Head Hunters, visit www.viff.org/theatre