seeing her (2020)

Lindsay McIntyre

seeing her Lindsay McIntyre Canada S16mm > digital3.5 min 2020

McIntyre’s work asks for your time. If you’ve seen her films, even just the once, they stay with you, prodding and nudging you to think about them, to sit with them. – Taqralik Partridge

Visibly stunning, seeing her is a silent portrait of the filmmaker’s great-grandmother’s amauti. This analogue animation weaves the beaded textures that give space to the labour, skill, and memories that this amauti holds. – ImagineNATIVE

Most of my practice is experimental 16mm films, projection performance, and handmade emulsion. I am analogue to the core about my work and it stems not from stubbornness but from a desire to feel the materials in my hands. I try to make the practice of shooting film closer to the act of drawing, which is my first love and the driving force behind what I do. – Lindsay McIntyre

Streaming Details

This film is available to stream globally.

Program Partners

This film is co-presented with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Image credits: all artworks, stills, and portraits courtesy of the artist © Lindsay McIntyre. Amauti by Kumaa’naaq.

about the artist

Lindsay McIntyre (Canada) is a filmmaker and artist of Inuk and Scottish settler descent born on Treaty Six territory in Edmonton, Alberta in 1977. She works primarily with analogue film, exploring place, portraiture, and personal histories. Her current research and creation projects link land use to autoethnographic explorations of intergenerational trauma, cultural knowledge, and resource extraction in the circumpolar north. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Alberta (2001), and an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University (2010). She also studied Inuktitut at the Language Learning Center, University of Washington (2021). She has completed 40+ films since 2000. Her short documentaries, experimental films, and expanded cinema performances have been exhibited widely at festivals, museums, and galleries internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Dunlop Art Gallery, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Vancouver Art Gallery, Black Maria Film Festival, Casa del Popolo and La Sala Rossa, Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, Bienal de Imagen de la Movimiento, Marion Scott Gallery, Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival, and Glasgow Film Festival, among many others. She is the recipient of Best Experimental Film, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Art Festival (2012); a Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Excellence in Media Arts, Canada Council for the Arts (2013); the Spirit of Helen Award, Outstanding Achievement in Production Design, Outstanding Short Documentary, and Outstanding Experimental Film from the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (2016); a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award, Hnatyshyn Foundation (2017); an Award for Excellence, Docs Without Borders (2020); and the Feature Film Award from Women in the Director’s Chair (2021) for her forthcoming feature The Words We Can’t Speak. McIntyre is a Media City Film Festival Chrysalis Fellow (2021–2022). She is Assistant Professor of Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territories. 

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