Jessie Anthony: Finding filmmaking
August 19, 2015
Capilano University student Jessie Anthony didn’t grow up wanting to be a filmmaker, but after completing her first year in the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF) program and having received the prestigious NBC Universal Vancouver summer fellowship, she knows she made the right choice.
From stage to film set
Jessie’s early love of Shakespeare and the performing arts had her dreaming of a life on the stage—rather than one behind the lens of a camera. She started out studying theatre in her home province of Ontario and began exercising her acting chops on the local scene. After a few years, however, she was ready for a change. A friend encouraged her to try her luck out West.
Once in Vancouver, Jessie—an Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan member from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory—looked for new ways to advance her studies and set her eyes on Capilano’s Theatre department. That is, until the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking certificate and diploma program caught her eye.
“I thought, ‘That would be pretty cool to learn how to make your own films,’” she says. And just like that, she set the wheels in motion to begin her filmmaking career. More...
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