06-24 November 2019



HIFF Extreme
Jeff Barnaby


2019 / 96’ / Hawaii Premiere / English

Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby says, ““Natives have been on screen for 100 years but have never controlled that image.” In this age of representation, Barnaby took the reigns for his latest film, BLOOD QUANTUM is a film straight from the George Romero playbook in that it is equal parts horror and cultural critique, but instead of mass consumerism, it explores the atrocious and bloody history of colonized First Peoples. 

The term "blood quantum" refers to a highly controversial measurement of the amount of "Indian blood" you have. It can affect your identity, your relationships and whether or not you — or your children — may become a citizen of your tribe. This is also a somewhat controversial qualification used for people of Kanaka Maoli ancestry in established Hawai‘i State programs, for example. As the main story point, it is an innovative take on the tried-and-true zombie genre — the film grimly depicts an apocalyptic scenario where in an isolated Mi'gmaq community discover they are the only humans immune to a zombie plague. As the citizens of surrounding cities flee to the Mi'gmaq reserve in search of refuge from the outbreak, the community must determine whether to let the outsiders in (i.e. white people) — and thus risk not just the extinction of their tribe but of humanity, period.

Socio-cultural commentary aside, BLOOD QUANTUM is a wild, bloody affair — The undead are ceremoniously and gruesomely dispatched via samurai swords, chainsaws, shotguns, and makeshift axes. It fully delivers on the gore, but at the forefront, Barnaby has directed a horror film that explores racism, colonialism, and the very threat of indigenous cultural extinction faced for generations. 

 -Anderson Le


Saturday 9 21:00 - 22:41Regal Dole Cannery 15
Wednesday 13 20:30 - 22:11Regal Dole Cannery 1
Saturday 23 20:00 - 21:41The Palace Theater
DirectorJeff Barnaby.
CastMichael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon and Olivia Scriven.
ScreenplayJeff Barnaby.
CinematographerMichel St-Martin.
MusicJeff Barnaby.
SoundJoe Barrucco.

Casting By
Rene Haynes

Production Design by
Sylvain Lemaitre
Louisa Schabas

Makeup Department
Nancy Ferlatte ... makeup artist
Eli Girard ... hair stylist
Christophe Giraud ... makeup artist
Erik Gosselin ... prosthetic and special effects makeup designer
Marcelo Padovani ... hair department head
Joan Patricia Parris ... makeup department head

Production Management
Matthew Peat ... unit production manager: Montreal
Marc Robert ... production manager
Benoit Thériault ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Esteban Sanchez ... second assistant director
Gabriel Teller ... first assistant director

Art Department
Raphaelle Dubé ... assistant property master
Maurice Roy ... graphic designer

Sound Department
Joe Barrucco ... supervising sound editor
Kathleen Edwards ... ADR facility supervisor
Jon Lawless ... ADR Mixer
Tor McAfee Kingdon ... ADR mixer
Jeffrey Roy ... adr mixer
Lynne Trepanier ... sound recordist

Special Effects by
Jean-Francois Bruneau ... special effects technician
Jean-Mathieu Bérubé ... special effects supervisor
Matisse Contant ... special effects coordinator
Carlo Harrietha ... special effects supervisor
Steeve Lavoie ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by
Andrei Gheorghiu ... digital compositor: The Workshop
Barbara Rosenstein ... visual effects producer: The Workshop
Joshua Sherrett ... visual effects supervisor: The Workshop

Alexandre Cadieux ... stunt performer
Christine Cleary ... stunt performer
Nicolas Couture ... stunt performer
Marie France Denoncourt ... Stunt performer: zombie
Felix Famelart ... stunt double
Jean Frenette ... stunt coordinator
Naomi Frenette ... stunt actor
Stéphane Julien ... stunt performer
Jean-Francois Lachapelle ... stunt performer
Héléna Laliberté ... stunt double
Maxime Laurin ... stunt performer
Yan Lecomte ... stunt performer
Francis Limoges ... stunt performer
Erick Meslier ... stunt performer
Jesse Provencher ... stunt performer
Sébastien Rouleau ... stunt performer
Michael Scherer ... stunt driver
Mich Todorovic ... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Francis Hamelin ... first assistant camera
Olivia Nikolayenko ... Camera trainee

Casting Department
Rosina Bucci ... Casting Canada
Elise Buedel ... casting assistant

Editorial Department
Julien Alix ... colorist
Chantal Lussier ... assembling editor

Other crew
Sylvain Bélanger ... Gaffer
Rick Cranford ... script coordinator
Jess Lee ... script supervisor
Mélanie S. Dubois ... production coordinator

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