Director BIO: Mike Morash (NEW-CHAH-NULTH: RECLAIMING TRADITION)

Mike Morash is a director and editor based out of Victoria, British Columbia. Mike started making impact driven films when studying Political Science at the University of Victoria. After finishing his degree, he founded One Island Media, a production company focused on supporting research institutions, non-profit organizations, and indigenous communities.

“New-Chah-Nulth: Reclaiming Tradition” is part of his recent exploration into longer form content. He is currently editing another short documentary titled “Never Made It Home,” which profiles Lhtako Dené residential school survivors. He hopes to continue working with Canada’s indigenous, with a feature length documentary and episodic television series currently in pre-production.

Director Statement

“Working alongside the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations has had a truly profound impact on my relationship with Canada as a nation state. As children we all learned, to some degree, about the history of residential schools in our country but rarely, if ever, did we discuss the ongoing intergenerational effects of this history. Learning about these atrocities through first-hand accounts has been an eye opening experience, one that has motivated a newfound passion to aid these communities in the deconstruction of systems of marginalization and oppression. I hope to continue this line of work and expose more of these stories to the silver screen.”

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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