Cass GardinerCass Gardiner

Cass is an Anishinaabe Algonquin artist, filmmaker, and curator from the Kebaowek First Nation. Her documentary film “The Edible Indian” has met critical acclaim in classrooms and theatres internationally and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the American Indian Film Festival. She is also a passionate arts activist within Indigenous communities and has worked as a film mentor and youth outreach worker on reserves across Canada. She is the co-founder of Matters Unsettled, a curatorial collective that uses the gallery to challenge preconceived notions of culture, identity, and belonging focusing on people of color. A 2017 Curatorial Fellow at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, North Carolina, Cass’ latest show “Forward Facing” is a featured show for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in collaboration with Critical Distance Centre for Curators and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. She holds an MFA from Ryerson University and a BA from NYU Gallatin.

Jewel’s Hunt

IF/Then Short Documentary Program | 2018 (Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - Honorable Mention)