Adam, a Stoney skateboarder who's from the prairies, has been living on the unceded Coast Salish territories for some time now and feels a longing of home. To get out of his head, he goes to the skatepark. Joe, a Cree man also living on the coast, happens to come upon the skatepark that Adam is at. Before they interact, Adam has a moment of casting judgement to the seemingly threatening Joe. But Adam looks passed that and once they interact, Joe seems to know a little more of Stoney culture than Adam. Joe then shares a traditional song in Stoney from a famous pow-wow group using a stick found on the ground and hitting it on a cement barrier. Spiralling Adam into the nostalgia he wouldn't expect in a place like this, he's glad he didn't cast judgement. Joe leaves and Adam is inspired.

  • Taran Kootenhayoo
    White Noise (Stage Play)
  • Colin Van Loon
    Broken Records
  • Joe Buffalo
    Key Cast
    Hello Destroyer, The Fish & The Sea, Helltown, Luk'Luk'I
  • Adam George
    Key Cast
    Sk8 vidz
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    6 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    17,100 USD
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    Arri Alexa
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  • Vancouver Film Festival
    October 6, 2019
  • imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts
    October 23, 2019
    East Coast
Director Biography

Born in Cold Lake (1993) member of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Dene and Stoney artist Taran Kootenhayoo is an aspiring actor and playwright. In his youth, Taran traveled around local communities of the Treaty 6 First Nations, sharing short-stories in his native tongue Dene. In his high school years, the Dreamspeakers On Tour Program (2008) was introduced to him by a friend, where he had a chance to write and direct two short-films, as well as performing in front of screen for a number of projects. Taran graduated in Edmonton, AB, from Victoria School of Visual & Performing Arts (2011) and received a diploma in the Acting for Stage & Screen program at Capilano University in North Vancouver (2015). Taran became a director of the SOAR Aboriginal Arts Program(2013-15); a hybrid training program for emerging aboriginal artists in the performance disciplines. It is there where he has collaborated to write over six different works as a playwright and as a director. Being based out of Vancouver, Taran now sits on the board of directors for KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association), is an ensemble member with Full Circle First Nations Performance, as well as a member of Urban Ink’s performance group. Taran would like to thank all of his mentors, friends and family who have supported him on his journey of discovery.

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Director Statement

D.I.Y is a fleeting moment that only chance could make happen. Intertwining Indigenous brilliance and skateboarding, we get to witness how casting judgement will get in the way of a reel interaction. Also, simultaneously, this is a native skate film. D.I.Y was based on a moment that happened to me personally at the same location we shot.