Coney Island Baby
Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow, Tania Willard
September 13 – November 3, 2018
170 St. Helens Avenue
Coney Island Baby screening with live score by Chandra Melting Tallow
Thursday, October 18, 6:30-7:30pm
Gallery TPW and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are pleased to co-present a screening of Coney Island Baby featuring a live score by musician Chandra Melting Tallow. Having composed the original score for the collaborative film, Melting Tallow will perform a new live electronic soundscape to accompany the screening.
Emphasizing invisible labour and Indigenous-led economies, Coney Island Baby is a film project by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Chandra Melting Tallow, and Tania Willard, with cinematographers Amy Kazymerchyk and Aaron Leon. Filmed during a December excursion to BUSH Gallery on the territory of the Secwépemc Nation—in the interior of British Columbia—Coney Island Baby follows the artists as they learn how to snare wild rabbits. As they work towards a vital skillset often performed by women in Indigenous communities, the film questions what shared forms of sustenance can propose alternatives to capitalism. Situated at kitchen tables as much as snowy woodlands, the film also foregrounds the moments of care, play, and everyday relationality that remain essential to any economy.
Chandra Melting Tallow is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and musician of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. Their practice often confronts the ghosts of intergenerational trauma and their relationship to the body, utilizing humour and surrealism to subvert oppressive structures of power. In addition to composing the original score, they are a co-editor of Coney Island Baby.