ANIMATION | CANADA | 6 MINUTES | Cree, English, French

A Bear Named Jesus

At Aunty Gladys’ funeral, Archer Pechawis heard a tap on the window — it was a bear named Jesus, and Jesus had come for Archer’s mom. Now she’s no longer recognizable — while Jesus hangs out in the shed.


Directed by Terril Calder

Terril Calder is a Métis artist, born in Fort Frances, Ontario, currently residing in Toronto. Compelled by the love of hybrid media and fusion art, she currently experiments with the amalgamation in her stop frame animated films that she writes, directs, crafts and animates. The films screen nationally and internationally and have received attention, most notably an Honorable Mention at The Sundance Film Festival and at Berlinale a Canadian Genie Award Nomination as well as TIFF’s top ten list in 2011 for “Choke”. In 2016 she was awarded the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M Hunter award for her work in Media Arts.


Terril Calder


Christa Couture, Michelle St. John


Archer Pechawis



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