Festival Premiere



A poetic retelling of a visit from the artist’s mother, istén:’a explores dreamspace as a meeting place for us and our late loved ones, who we always remain tethered to.


Directed by KJ Edwards

KJ Edwards is a Kanien’kehá:ka,mixed-settler filmmaker and media artist. Their family is from Kahnawa:ké and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada; while KJ was born and raised in Treaty 6 Territory, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Holding a BFA in Film Production from the Toronto Metropolitan University, KJ is trained in narrative, documentary and experimental filmmaking techniques, using both analogue and digital hybrid workflows. They are a 2023 MFA graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, located on unceded traditional Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory in Vancouver. KJ’s thesis work involved eco processing analogue film, reflecting on the unpredictability of the medium as that of a collaborator, and the ways that dreams and memory can offer creative pathways toward content creation. KJ’s 2021 short film Meet The Sky, starring Chanin Lee, T’áncháy Redvers, and Cheri Maracle, is still making festival rounds two years after premiering at the 2021 American Indian Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Live Short. Meet The Sky won Best of BC and the Short Film Impact Award at the 2023 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.


KJ Edwards



March 1st – March 8th

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