In this special edition of Catching Up, Rhayne Vermette speaks about kinship and the complexities of being a filmmaker. She explains in detail the making of her film Ste. Anne and shares much valuable info with us. Thank you Rhayne for such a thoughtful interview!
Rhayne Vermette is a Métis filmmaker from Canada. She is most noted for her 2021 feature film debut, Ste. Anne, which won the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. It is currently playing at Cinematheque until November 23.
Catching Up is an interview series showcasing various filmmakers based in Winnipeg, Manitoba which is located on the ancestral lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation. While working as the Archive Assistant for the Winnipeg Film Group, Mahlet Cuff had the opportunity to look through the films and the works of filmmakers previously centered in the archives.
Mahlet wants to make room for emerging filmmakers, exposing their work to the public. Beginning during the initial Covid-19 lockdown, Catching Up was especially important during these times of isolation when the community was unable to physically attend events. They wanted to bring attention to local filmmakers — who they are, what they do, and what they’ve been up to recently!
Videography by Dylan Baillie
Editing by Mahlet Cuff and Dylan Baillie
Mahlet Cuff is an emerging interdisciplinary artist and curator who produces work through sound and photography. She is a community organizer with Justice 4 Black lives Winnipeg and is a part of multiple artist collectives such as Patterns Collective.