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The Keno City Music Festival

Forces converge to launch a music festival in the tiny and remote mining community of Keno City, Yukon, in this experimental documentary (17m, Canada).

Friends from the one of the closest towns to Keno City, 4 hours away, start their preparations late to launch the 3rd iteration of the Keno City Music Festival before the long winter sets in. Isolation, shelter, water, weather, sponsor conflicts and attendance threaten the group’s ambitions and in turn questions what metrics we assume for measuring success.

  • Christopher Healey
    why i hate the suburbs, 2018. Gold Fever, 2018. news from the future, 2017. A Spark in the Dark: Tinder Users in the North, 2016. The Grand Journey Here, 2015
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    poetic, observational, contemporary art, documentary art
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 30, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Christopher Healey

Christopher Healey is an artist based in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.

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Director Statement

Standing at the threshold of another iteration of the emerging Keno City Music Festival, this work texturally and fluidly observes the participants in an anthropological state of liminality. The aging and remote community of Keno City, averaging a dozen full time residents, risks expiration as large scale corporate mining operations close in and ground water has become poisoned. In this contested space a group of young adults arrive, seeing an opportunity to establish a new Northern cultural institution and, ultimately, hope.