DIR. JAYDEN SOROKA, 2020, YT, 6 min
SYNOPSIS : Northlore is an animated storytelling series focused on the wild, uncommon and inspiring stories that take place in the harshest and most spectacular part of Canada, its North. The pilot episode, “The Provider” brings to life the experience of a man’s first hunt at the age of thirty-three, eighteen years later than tradition holds, an event that will define his place in his community and open his eyes to where he belongs. This film won the ALFF Pitch Prize in 2018. This is the World premiere. Co/produced by Jayden Soroka and Gary Sidney Johnson.
About the filmmakers
Jayden Soroka started life on the Canadian prairies but feels most at home with the people and in the wilds of the Yukon. An alumnus of the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and with two decades of experience in the film industry, Jayden applies his creative passion to directing, animating and developing XR (Extended Reality) content. His team at Outpost 31 was the recipient of Startup Canada’s Northern Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2019.
A young Tagish and Inland Tlingit man from the Carcross area, Gary Sidney Johnson is helping to revive cultural traditions in his community. A member of Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Gary is a drummer, singer, performer and native language teacher. He teaches dancing and Tlingit to adults and children, and he is a regular presence at community events. Gary is part of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, a troupe of semi-professional Inland Tlingit performers from Southern Yukon. The dancers have performed at the Olympics, in New Zealand, at the Smithsonian, at the Pan-Am Games, and across Canada. They won Canada’s national cultural tourism award. Gary is the producer, writer and story-teller in The Provider.