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Maiden of Deception Pass


Maiden of Deception Pass

Available until Feb 8, 2017.

Long ago a maiden named Ko-kwahl-alwoot risked her life to save the Samish people from starvation. She did so by agreeing to marry a man of the sea, who threatened to take the plentiful sea-life away from the area if she did not. Her reluctant father demanded that Ko-kwahl-alwoot return annually. But, after about four years of visits, it became increasingly difficult for her to return to the village. And so, today, Ko-kwahl-alwoot lives eternally underwater. The documentary The Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People tells her story and how tribal history inspires generations of Samish people.

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About the Filmmakers

Tracy Rector is a Seattle-based filmmaker, programmer, curator and arts advocate. She was recently nominated for the Seattle Stranger’s prestigious Genius Award, in part for her work as co-founder and executive director of Longhouse Media. Her films have screened internationally, including at Cannes; have been broadcast widely, including on Independent Lens; and have been critically lauded. She is a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca Film Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. For the past nine years, Rector has curated her own monthly series, Indigenous Showcase, at Northwest Film Forum. Also, 2016 has seen her curate two highly acclaimed and well-attended multi-disciplinary art shows: You Are on Indigenous Land (Core Gallery) and Women on the Brink (Vermillion Gallery). Excerpts from Rector's work in progress, Clearwater, are part of the Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection. In addition to her film, programming, and curatorial work, Rector serves on the Seattle Arts Commission.

Lou Karsen brings a passion for social change to his filmmaking, a sensibility he attributes to working in different communities throughout the world. A graduate of Boston University?'s film program, Lou was privileged to work with pioneering producer Norma Heyman while studying abroad in London, England. In 2007 Lou began work on a feature length documentary, Renaissance Village, the site of the largest post-Katrina FEMA trailer park. With a small crew, Lou spent 18 months in Baker, Louisiana recording the stories of the 3000+ storm evacuees. RV played at more than a dozen festivals, winning awards and stimulating great debate. Some of his clients include PBS, CRM Properties, Seattle Urban Farm Co., and Forsher Productions. Lou is currently Longhouse Media's Lead Program Coordinator for our Native Lens youth filmmaking program. Lou has been with Longhouse Media Since February of 2010.