Faith’s love of story pulls from rich history in her DNA, she is a descendant of Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Nation, intertwined with Irish, Scottish and German settlers.
She landed behind the camera later in life. She could have been hanging up her briefcase and heels from a career in marketing, fundraising, and education, but instead took a seat at Georgian College in the Digital Video Production Post Grad Program.
A relative newcomer to the world of film, her works have been primarily shorts and no one is more surprised than her to have won awards around the globe at a variety of film festivals.
The Nature of Healing, her first documentary and award winner, has been, and continues to be an honouring and humbling journey, spending precious time with Survivors of the Mohawk Institute who courageously told their story.
“I learned to follow the nudges and directions of the seven Elders, Grandmothers and Grandfather who are featured in the film. I learned how to research because even though I am a descendant of a woman who was in the residential school, I realized I didn’t know how in this country, these atrocities could happen. And I followed where the story led us in order for the truth to be told. During the editing process I fell in love with the people on my screen and it is my fervent hope that audiences will have the same experience.”
A film is never completed alone, “It takes special people working in unison, bringing out one another’s unique talents to ultimately produce pieces we are privileged to be a part of”. That’s joy, even though the events are horrific.
In her spare time, Faith is a passionate Gammie of seven, soup and cookie maker, designer with her sewing machine, yogi, and will (very) occasionally will bake a chocolate cake just to see the smile on her husband’s face.