her silent life.

her silent life. + expanded cinema performance  | by Lindsay McIntyre



Three generations of women are revealed in this intuitive journey into one family's past. Crafting together analogue film techniques with personal interview, director Lindsay McIntyre creates an impressionistic exploration of her mixed Inuit heritage and the controversies surrounding her ancestry. (ImagineNATIVE)

The screening will be followed by a live film performance and a Q & A.


While Lindsay has been in Halifax, she has been mentoring two local artists, Rena Thomas and Melissa Mckay. They will present the work they have been creating under Lindsay's guidance at this event.

I'll Meet You There by Melissa Mackay

A meditation on death and its effect on those still living. Made using analog materials and subjected to processes of degradation mirroring that of the body as it ages, dies, and decays.

Waning into by Rena Thomas
trace the lines of my skin with stones
mark clay with my imprint
what water holds all of me?
how can I do the holding?
carve the land with
moonlit memories
of the bay

is the tangible object
of that long and delicate process

Please join us at AFCOOP (5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101) following this event for the official HIFF 2018 Party. Free, open to passholders and the public.



Lindsay McIntyre

Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist from Edmonton of Inuit/Settler descent. Her process-based practice is largely analog and deals with themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories. Working primarily with 16mm film and experimental, handmade and documentary techniques, she also makes her own 16mm film, hand-coated with silver gelatin emulsion. Interested simultaneously in the apparatus of cinema, portraiture, representation and personal histories, she bridges gaps in collective experience and remains dedicated to integrating theory and practice, form and content. She was a member of The Double Negative Collective, the recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Excellence in Media Arts for 2013 and a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2017. She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The U of A and currently teaches Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Lindsay will be in Halifax in May and early June, taking part in an artist residency through AFCOOP.


Melissa Mackay is a film and performance artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They have a particular interest in the intersection of direct animation techniques and optical sound/harsh noise with body modification and pain-based ritual performance, using these techniques to assail viewers with overwhelming, emotional experiences.

They see the act of creation as analogous to a birthing process, resulting in objects that invariably carry an imprint of themselves simply by being made with intention and their physical form. Thus, the things they make become literal manifestations of their own body that can be scarred, burnt, and degraded, as with our own flesh.


Rena Thomas
I am an emerging experimental filmmaker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was raised in Sackville, New Brunswick where I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in 2012. My art practice is informed by my experiences in nature and observations as a cis-gendered woman. My work is a reaction to contemporary society, which to me is a place where humans are perceived separate from the environment, and where sexual objectification of women is prevalent. My work aims to reestablish a human connection to nature and redefine women as strong, while shedding light on their experiences of vulnerability.