Cry Rock

Cry Rock

The wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley blends with vivid watercolor animation illuminating the role of the Nuxalk oral tradition and the intersection of story, place and culture.

About the film 

Cry Rock · 28:43 · Documentary · HD · Colour · Stereo · English · Canada · 2010

Less than fifteen Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers remain in Bella Coola, British Columbia. One of these elders is the director Banchi Hanuse’s 80-year-old grandmother. In a technologically obsessed century, it would seem easier to record Nuxalk stories for future generations, but Hanuse resists. Instead, she asks whether an electronic recording can capture the true meaning and value of these oral traditions. More importantly, can it be considered cultural knowledge?

Cry Rock examines how Nuxalk stories are more than mere words. With the passing of an elder, an invaluable link to a treasure of knowledge and experience reflecting the Nuxalk world view is lost. As Hanuse struggles with the decision, a spine tingling story about the Cry Rock in the bend of the Atnarko River, nestled in the Bella Coola Valley, is retold by Clyde Tallio, a young Nuxalk man.

Immersive and revealing, the documentary blends interviews set against the wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley with vivid watercolour animation. Cry Rock illuminates the intersection of Nuxalk history, place and spirit that are at the heart of an oral storytelling tradition.

Awards 

Indigenous Filmmakers Award
Social Change Film Festival 2012 | co-host First Peoples Worldwide

Kodak Image Award
Spotlight Awards | Women in Film & Television Vancouver 2012

Best Documentary Short Subject
Golden Sheaf Awards | 2011 Yorkton Film Festival

National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Kathleen Shannon Award
Golden Sheaf Awards | 2011 Yorkton Film Festival

Audience Choice
Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2011

People’s Choice Award
Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival 2011

Most Inspirational Short Film (ages 13+)
Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth 2011

Best Documentary Short
6th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival

Honorable Mention – Best Indigenous Voice
Fargo Film Festival 2011

Cast 

In Order of Appearance
ANUXIMANA • VIOLET TALLIO
SNXAKILA• CLYDE TALLIO
XIMLTWA • CLARENCE ELLIOTT
ILISTAYS • BEATRICE ELLIOTT
ALVIN MACK
QWATSINAS
WILHPUN • DEBORAH NELSON
LHMTIMUT • SAMUEL NELSON

Also Appearing
CARMEN HANS
TSU • JOE MACK
LHLALYAM • CHARLES NELSON
K’A7IT • JIMMY NELSON
ACWSALCTA SCHOOL
CHESTER BROOK
LYRIC GAJZAGO
ALBERT EDGAR
ISABEL LEYS
SILAS CHAPMAN-TALLIO
JADE MACK
TRINITY MACK
LHALYAMC • JOHN MOODY
CHASE YOUNKER

Crew 

Writer|Director|Producer
SLTS’LANI • BANCHI HANUSE

Animator
JAY WHITE

Editor
CARMEN POLLARD
ERIN CUMMING

Cinematographer
SYLVAINE DUFAUX

Original Music
JOELYSA PANKANEA

Consulting Producer
RINA FRATICELLI

Camera Assistant
KIM McNAUGHTON

Sound Editor
MIKE PAPROCKI

Sound
BROOKE THOMSON

Production Assistant
SAMANTHA EDGAR

Additional Cinematography
BANCHI HANUSE

Colourist
SHANE McCORMACK

Story Consultant
ANNIE REID

Transcriber
UMQ’UMKLIKA • EVANGELINE HANUSE

Music Recordist
BRIAN BARR

Studio Musicians
Violin – MEREDITH BATES
Bass – MARK HANEY
Cello – ELINOR HARSHENIN
Guitar – RICK MADDOCKS

Animation Voice
BILLY ANDY SR
PATRICIA ANDY
LELAND DESTER
OPAL POOTLASS
FELISHA SNOW
DELILAH WEBBER
KYLE WINDSOR

Distributor 

To obtain the Cry Rock documentary for screening rental, exhibition, educational use or home-use DVDs, please contact:

Moving Images Distribution
509-2050 Scotia St
Vancouver BC V5T 4T1
Canada

Phone: 604.684.3014
Toll Free: 800.684.3014
Fax: 604.684.7165
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Screenings 

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Past Screenings

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’s ALL ROADS FILM FESTIVAL
Washington, DC, USA
October 3, 2010

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (VIFF)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
October 6, 11, 13 & 15 2010

AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF)
San Francisco, California, USA
November 7, 2010

RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DU DOCUMENTAIRE DE MONTRÉAL (RIDM)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
12 novembre & 14 novembre 2010

MOVIE MONDAY
Victoria, BC, Canada
December 13, 2010

UBC FIRST NATIONS HOUSE OF LEARNING
Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 3, 2011

POWELL RIVER FILM FESTIVAL
Powell River, BC, Canada
February 18, 2011

FARGO FILM FESTIVAL
Fargo, North Dakota, USA
March 4, 2011

VANCOUVER WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL
Vancouver, BC, Canada
March 6, 2011

SEBASTOPOL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Sebastopol, California, USA
March 20, 2011

NATIVE AMERICAN FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL
New York, NY, USA
April 2, 2011

REEL 2 REAL | INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR YOUTH
Vancouver, BC, Canada
April 14, 2011

COWICHAN INTERNATIONAL ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL OF FILM & ART
Duncan, BC, Canada
April 14, 2011

DAWSON CITY INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
April 23, 2011

SMITHSONIAN’s NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
New York, NY, USA
Daily Screenings: April 4 – May 1, 2011

UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
New York, NY, USA
May 16-27, 2011

DREAMSPEAKERS FILM FESTIVAL
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
June 3, 2011

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE SOCIETY
Courtenay, BC, Canada
June 29, 2011

ADÄKA CULTURAL FESTIVAL & YUKON FILM SOCIETY
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
July 5, 2011

FIRST PEOPLES’ FESTIVAL | PRÉSENCE AUTOCHTONE
Montréal, Québec, Canada
August 4, 2011

YUKON RIVERSIDE ARTS FESTIVAL
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
August 12, 2011

AMERICAN INDIAN FILM INSTITUTE TOURING COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL
Nisqually; Puyallup & Lummi, Washington, USA
July 29, August 12 & August 26, 2011

THE WORLD ANEW – CINEWORKS
Vancouver, Grand Forks, Rossland, Nelson, Kaslo, Winlaw/Vallican, Revelstoke, Windermere BC & Banff, Alberta
September 2011

BIINDIGAATE FILM FESTIVAL
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
September 24, 2011

DOXA FESTIVAL: SUNSHINE COAST
Sechelt, BC, Canada
October 3, 2011

NATIVE SPIRIT FESTIVAL
London, England
October 12, 2011

INDIGENOUS FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL
Denver, Colorado, USA
October 14, 2011

RENCONTRES DES CINÉMAS DU MONDE
Grigny, Rhone-Alpes, France
29 Octobre 2011

VANCOUVER INDIGENOUS MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
Vancouver, BC, Canada
November 13, 2011

WINNIPEG ABORIGINAL FILM FESTIVAL
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
November 19, 2011

INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILMFESTIVAL
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
January 21, 2012

REFRAME PETERBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
January 27, 2012

HAIDA GWAII FILM FESTIVAL
Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada
February 26, 2012

ASINABKA FILM & MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
June 22, 2012

MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC
Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 11, 2012

SMITHSONIAN’s NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Washington, DC, USA
Daily Screenings: October 2012

REGENT PARK FILM FESTIVAL
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
November 8, 2012

FIRST NATIONS FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
Chicago, Illinois, USA
November 9 & 10, 2012

SOCIAL CHANGE FILM FESTIVAL
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
November 29, 2012

ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
December 1, 2012

NIWOT NATIVE AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Niwot, Colorado, USA
March 1, 2013

LONGHOUSE MEDIA / NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
Seattle, Washington, USA
March 30, 2013

ENDANGERED LANGUAGES SYMPOSIUM
Vancouver BC Canada
September 14, 2013

NEPAL INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL (NIFF)
Kathmandu, Nepal
June 14, 2014

KNOWLEDGE NETWORK
TV Broadcast Premiere
June 17, 2014

INDIGENOUS FILM at SU TEATRO
Denver, Colorado, USA
August 13, 2014

BOULDER RIGHTS OF NATURE FILM FESTIVAL
Boulder, Colorado, USA
October 19, 2014

NSI ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
National Screen Institute of Canada (NSI)
December 1, 2014 to March 25, 2015

SFU WOODWARD'S
November 9, 2016
Vancouver, BC, Canada

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Fugitive Voices pre-concert screening
Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 26, 2017