Little Moccasins Wins Best Documentary at the VSFF
- Shayne Kasai
I’ve heard some good news from the Vancouver Short Film Festival - looks like Little Moccasins has picked up Best Documentary for 2014. I’m proud to have scored music for such an important film.
Little Moccasins is about children honoring First Nations children that died and were buried in unmarked graves while attending the Dunbow Indian residential school near Calgary from 1889 to 1924. Elementary students of the Strathcona Tweedsmuir Outreach Program while exploring the history of the residential schools are shocked to learn that the Dunbow Indian residential school had been located only 15 minutes from their present day classroom. struggling to come to terms with this dark period in Canadian history, the students embark on a journey to honour, give voice and an identity to those First Nations children that were buried and forgotten there long ago. — source
Little Moccasins was also a selected film for the Canberra Short Film Festival.
For this film I opted to let the story come forward so I didn’t want to go overboard with the music. Simple is better. Scoring everything on a piano, with the director in the same room allowed us to track everything out in an afternoon. I then built variations to use within the film. It worked out quite well!
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Welcome to the workspace of Pilot Bay Films. Born from long summer months fishing from a rock on the East Shore, to the long hikes in the Kootenay wilderness in search of lost and forgotten mines, these adventures have served as the inspiration for these films.
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