The Grizzlies

/The Grizzlies

The Grizzlies


Friday May 10th - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Walmart Museum World Room

Saturday May 11th - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Skylight 5

Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is more than the usual triumph through sports story, for it doesn’t shy away from moving depictions of the poverty and isolation characteristic of too many northern communities. When first-time teacher Russ Shepherd comes to Kugluktuk, he brings preconceived notions about northern life and no little hubris about his self-imposed mission to bring about change. An interconnected chain of dramatic incidents, however (and some quieter cross-cultural corrections) lead Russ to understand that education is a two-way street. Initially, the hastily built lacrosse team seems mild after-school fun, but soon becomes the lightening rod for the community’s differing views on its future. Driven by remarkable performances by the young, Nunavut -based cast, and seeded with unassailable authenticity because of it’s dramatic location, The Grizzlies proves to be one of the most unexpectedly affirming films of the year.

Director(s): Miranda de Pencier

Writer(s): Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett

Producer(s): Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Miranda de Pencier, Damon D'Oliveira, Zanne Devine; Executive Producers: Jake Steinfeld and Frank Marshall

Editor(s): Ronald Sanders, James Vandewater

Cinematographer(s): Jim Denault

Production Designer(s): Zazu Meyers

Music Composer(s): Garth Stevenson

Emerald MacDonald, Ben Schnetzer, Paul Nutarariaq, Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan, Booboo Stewart, Tantoo Cardinal