ANIMATION | CANADA | 5 MINUTES | English, French, Cree

How to Lose Everything: A Field Guide

Through the loss of her leg, her children, her marriage, and her voice, Christa Couture presses into the pages of this field guide stories and notes on how to lose everything.


Directed by Christa Couture, Bekky O'Neil

Christa Couture is an award-winning performing and recording artist, filmmaker, non-fiction writer and broadcaster. She is also proudly Indigenous (mixed Cree and Scandinavian), queer, disabled, and a mom. Her seventh album Safe Harbour was released on Coax Records in 2020. As a writer and storyteller, she has been published in Room, Shameless, and Augur magazines, and on cbc.ca. In 2018, her CBC article and photos on disability and pregnancy went viral. Couture is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and is currently the weekday afternoon host on 106.5 ELMNT FM in Toronto. Her debut memoir How to Lose Everything is out now with Doulgas & McIntyre.

Bekky O’Neil is a multidisciplinary artist, animator and director based in Northumberland County, Ontario. She is a graduate of Concordia University and holds a BFA in Playwrighting and a second BFA in Film Animation from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. bekky is the co-founder of Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio where she collaborates with her partner, Keith Del Principe, on cultivating permaculture growing solutions and producing sustainably created goods and media. bekky’s films have played at festivals around the world including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Monstra Festival of Animated Films in Lisbon and her film Last Summer, In The Garden was featured in the 18th Animation Show of Shows.


Christa Couture, Bekky O’Neil


Christa Couture, Michelle St. John


Christa Couture

Key Cast

Christa Couture



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