A thoughtful character study about a young gay Anishinaabe teen at a crossroads in life, Adam Garnet Jones’ “Fire Song” explores the social dynamics of a First Nation reservation and the challenges of being gay within the community. The film stars Andrew Martin as Shane, a closeted kid forced to take care of his family after his sister commits suicide in their remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community. Though he was supposed to move to the city for University in the fall, he’s torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom in the city. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“It is important for Aboriginal writers and directors to tell stories that respect the complex social position of Aboriginal people, while also exploring the rich emotional and spiritual lives of our characters,” said Jones. “The emotional world of ‘Fire Song’ is rooted in my own experiences, and it celebrates the incredible resilience of our young people, the strength of our families, and our hope for the future.”
Jones is a gay Cree/Metis filmmaker originally from Edmonton. In 2008, Adam received the imagineNATIVE/Canwest Mentorship Award and was the recent recipient of the RBC Emerging Artist Award and the Jim Burt Screenwriting prize for the script for “Fire Song.” He recently wrapped production on his second feature film, “Great Great Great,” and is also writing a young adult novelization of “Fire Song,” to be published in 2017.
“Fire Song” made its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released on DVD and VOD on November 8 from Wolfe Video.