Broken Records

When Archie wins big and decides to throw a big old rez party, Sophia, his daughter tries to escape the cycles of her reality through television, but too soon her fantasy and her reality collide.

  • Trevor Solway
    Indian Giver
  • Trevor Solway
    Indian Giver
  • Colin Van Loon
  • Telly James
    Key Cast
    Young Drunk Punk, Blackstone
  • Stacy Da Silva
    Key Cast
    Hank Williams First Nation, North of 60
  • Chondra Fox
    Key Cast
  • Madden Running Rabbit
    Key Cast
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    13 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2019
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    14,870 USD
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    4K cinema camera
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Director Biography - Trevor Solway

Trevor Solway
Blackfoot Filmmaker
Trevor Solway is Blackfoot from Siksika Nation located east of Calgary. His Blackfoot name is Sinakson, which translates to Writer; the name was his great, great grandfather’s name, Samuel Solway. Trevor comes from a long line of ranchers and spent most of his childhood on his grandparents' ranch. Going against the grain, he decided to pursue a career in media.
Storytelling has always been a passion of his, in 2012 he moved to Vancouver to attend Capilano University taking The Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program. After Trevor came home to Calgary, he completed a Bachelor of Communications degree with a major in Journalism in the spring of 2017.
Trevor has made numerous documentaries and narrative films since beginning his career five years ago. In 2014 while working with Canada Bridges, Trevor created and facilitated Film Camps for youth on his reserve. The Film Camps eventually evolved to a reserve-based film collective called: The Napi Collective. They produced their first film in summer of 2018.
Among other projects; Trevor directed a comedic short titled Indian Giver as apart of the ImagineNATIVE & CSIF mentorship program. Indian Giver screened at ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, LA Skins Fest in Hollywood, Native Film Fest in Palm Springs, Arizona International Film Fest, Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver, Calgary International Film Festival, American Indian Film Fest in San Francisco, and Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand.

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Director Statement

Director’s Statement
Trevor Solway

My motivation for making Broken Records was inspired by personal stories growing up on the reserve. I have always been an avid movie lover, yet I still have difficulty reconciling the stories I've seen on the big screen with my life.
I was raised in a broken home by a single mother, so when I turned on the TV, it gave me something else to focus on. I often felt out of place trying to imagine myself in those tv worlds because my story wasn't reflected in mainstream pop-culture. This story deals with intergenerational trauma, and the disconnection youths can have to parents. As Indigenous youth, our home lives can have cycles of love and affection but also cycles of trauma, these cycles often play out over and over like a broken record. Our role models can be flawed, and often we think our future is bleak.

Finally, it's time we tell these contemporary stories of what life is like on the reserve because our Indigenous images need to evolve from being mythical creatures in westerns to real living people. We face trials and overcome obstacles, why shouldn't our characters?

I Made Broken Records because I want Indigenous youth to see their story on the screen. For crew we worked with a mix of Indigenous professionals and emerging youth from the Napi collective, I am so proud of this team.