Sometimes films are equally as entertaining as they are culturally important, and that’s true for the Canadian short film Kwêskosîw (She Whistles), an Indigenous supernatural thriller playing as part of the Born of Woman programme at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. In the film, Stephanie (Sera-Lys McArthur) is on her way to girlfriend’s house and she hops in a taxi. Immediately uneasy, she takes out her phone to take a snapshot of the taxi driver’s (Aiden Devine) licence, but her phone dies. She soon finds herself in a fight for her life as she’s taken out of the city, but she has the Northern Lights on her side… (Trigger warnings for sexual assault, by the way.)
On this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by the film’s director Thirza Cuthand, who also writes and associate produces the film, as well as one of the film’s leads and producers, Sera-Lys McArthur. In our conversation, we talk about the conversations they want to start with their film while being mindful of not being exploitative, how Sera-Lys came on board the project, the inspiration for the project, the size of the crew, pyrotechnics, the size of the crew and much more.
You can find that conversation above in video form on YouTube, listen to it below, or download it here. The film has its Fantasia Film Festival premiere tonight, August 17, at 9:30 p.m. as part of the Born of Woman short programme, and plays again on August 19. You can find that information right here. That’s for Canadian viewers, as it’s geo-locked to Canada. If you’re in the U.S., the film is also playing as part of a short programme at Outfest LA, as the film is available to stream through tonight and into tomorrow, with more info here.