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JL Whitecrow

Living in: Toronto, Ontario
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JL Whitecrow is a self-taught artist and filmmaker from Seine River First Nation, Treaty #3. She lives in Toronto and enjoys a rich multi-disciplinary creative practice that includes writing, visual art, music, filmmaking, and performance. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production at York University and works as a coordinator at imagineNATIVE in film programming. Her artistic projects reflect on issues of gender, sexuality, epistemology, traditional knowledge systems, and spirituality.


Where were you born?
Fort Frances Hospital.

Where did you grow up?
Seine River First Nation.

Where do you live now?

First film you made, and where and when?
Heidi Lost, Toronto, 2016.

Latest film you made, and where and when?
Eadweard 1884, Toronto, May 3, 2020

Describe your current living space.
A shared house (roommates).

What Canadian would you challenge to make an isolation movie?
Rolla Tahir.

In the history of cinema whose isolation move would you want to see?
Orson Welles.

Worst thing about being in isolation?
Things will never be the same again.

Best thing about being in isolation?
Things will never be the same again.

Favourite book to read in isolation?
I’ve only been reading for my thesis, so theory, filmmaking techniques, pornography debates, comedy, screenwriting. I’ve an interest in plague literature in my free time — works written during and about plagues.

Favourite music to listen to in isolation?
1950s female jazz vocalists.

Favourite movies to watch in isolation?
I haven’t watched many movies in my free time, but been obsessed with lectures on epidemiology and Black Death. I saw Flame by Sami Van Ingen for the first time… incredible.

Favourite meal in isolation?
Too many things…. Gormeh Sabsi, BBQ salmon steak & asparagus, cheddar/dill scones…

What’s the last best thing you cooked?
Last night I made Italian meatballs and this morning I baked granola.