Hickey Gone Wrong

OH NO! Grant has his first official Fort Smith, NWT, Hickey and he doesn't want his parents to find out. Join us as we follow him through this passage of warriorhood as the town pitches in to offer in sage advice in the ways of 'the passion bruise.' Based on Richard Van Camp's story, 'Hickey Gone Wrong', this is Fort Smith's gift to the world as a hilarious home grown production with courageous Fort Smith actors shot in the sweetest town North of 60!

  • Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
  • Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
  • Carla Ulrich
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    8 minutes
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    August 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    12,100 USD
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  • Yellowknife International Film Festival
    October 3, 2015
    North American
  • AMIQAAQ Indigenous Masculinities Symposium
    December 16, 2015
  • Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika FilmFestival
    January 13, 2016
  • First Nations Film and Video Festival
    United States
    May 19, 2016
Director Biography - Jay Cardinal Villeneuve

Jay’s numerous low-budget Independent short and student films have played at various film festivals across North America and most recently in Germany. This Woods Cree/Métis was a child stage performer and ex-film projectionist who is now an indie filmmaker and actor who got the amazing opportunity to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and Duane Howard in The Revenant. For the past decade he’s worn several hats in the Vancouver film industry including filming as a private statement gatherer for the better part of 5 years with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. He’s a proud Father of three beautiful children who are often part of his films and a graduate of the Indigenous Film Program & Cinematography at Capilano University. Currently he’s working with the National Film Board on a short documentary he wrote and is directing.

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Director Statement

Hickey Gone Wrong couldn’t have gone more right. With an amazing cast and crew on board and the tremendous generosity and support of the community I found myself along for the ride of a lifetime, like a bush cruise on the back of a Wood Buffalo. A truly humbling experience, I’m very proud of the family affair it was and am excited for audiences to share a glimpse of the beautiful north and the remarkable talent it holds. So sit back with boogoo and buffalo chips and enjoy because you know what they say about Fort Smith, you never know what’s gonna happen next; just don’t leave the theatre with a hickey or you could be grounded.