Marie Clements

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Marie Clements.

Marie Clements (born January 10, 1962) is a Canadian Métis playwright, director, and performer. She is best known for her plays The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Burning Vision and Copper Thunderbird as well as for founding the Vancouver-based First Nations theatre company Urban Ink Productions.

Life and Career

Clements was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. [1] She studied journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, and began her career as a radio news reporter. She remains a freelance writer for CBC Radio [2] and now lives on Galino Island in British Columbia. [1]

She has written thirteen plays, some of which combine elements of theatre, video, music, and dance. In 2001, she founded Vancouver's Urban Ink Productions with the goal of producing Indigenous stories through these diverse forms of media. Her work, however, reaches far beyond Vancouver, having been produced all across Canada. It has seen prestigious stages such as that of Montreal's Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, Ottawa's National Arts Centre and North Festival [1], and Vancouver's Firehall Arts Centre, Cultural Olympiad, and International Performing Arts Festival [3]. She has also been writer-in-residence at Montreal's Theatre School of Canada, the Centre for the Arts, the Firehall Arts Centre, and the National Arts Centre [1].

Her plays have also toured across The United States and even Europe [2] and have been translated into French, Spanish, and Catalan. [3] Between 1999 and 2003, her solo show, Urban Tattoo, the story of a young Métis woman journeying across Canada to become a movie star, toured throughout the country and throughout The United States. [1] It was praised by Theatre Journal for its "richly evocative poetic images". [4]

Her play Burning Vision was commissioned and produced by Rumble Theatre in 2002. It was a rich exploration of differing Canadian cultures as linked by the WWII atomic bomb and earned her a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nomination [1] to add to her 1998 win (for The Unnatural and Accidental Women). [2] In 2004, Burning Vision was also a finalist for a Governor General's Award for Drama and winner of the Canada-Japan Literary Award. [2]

A fellowship award from the BC Film Commission gave Clements the opportunity to adapt The Unnatural and Accidental Women for the screen in 2006. [2] The Road Forward, a musical which she developed with red diva projects, has also since been adapted into a docu-musical. The stretch of Clements's work in film has become wide over the years. She has acted as writer, director, producer and performer for numerous feature films, short films, documentaries, and television episodes. Her film work has premiered at numerous festivals such as the Cannes International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival [3] and has won several awards such as the WIDC Best Feature Film Award in 2012. [5]

Work

Traditional plays

  • Talker's Town and the Girl Who Swam Forever: Two Plays (in development)
  • Tombs of the Vanishing Indian (2012)
  • The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story (2010)
  • Copper Thunderbird (2007)
  • Burning Vision (2002)
  • The Unnatural and Accidental Women (2000)
  • The Girl Who Swam Forever (1997)
  • Now Look What You Made Me Do (1997)
  • Age of Iron (1993)

Multi-media plays

  • Missing (2015)
  • The Road Forward (2015)
  • The Edward Curtis Project (2013)
  • The Red Diva Project (2008)
  • Hours of Water (2004)
  • The Women in Fish (2004)
  • Urban Tattoo (1999)

Radio plays and shows

  • Tombs of the Vanishing Indian (in development)
  • Hours of Water (2002)
  • Women in Fish series (2005)
  • The Meter is Running (2003)
  • Vancouver Rose (2002)

Film and Television

As a screenwriter

  • Looking at Edward Curtis (in development)
  • Mags and Tess (in development)
  • Crooked Bones (in development)
  • Smoke(d) (in development)
  • Tombs (in development)
  • The Road Forward (2017)
  • Number 14 (2015)
  • Ballads Not Bullets: Tom Jackson (2014)
  • Pilgrims (2013)
  • Red Snow (2012)
  • Jesus Indian (2010)
  • Unnatural & Accidental (2006)
  • Da Vinci's Inquest (2002)

As a director

  • Looking at Edward Curtis (in development)
  • Mags and Tess (in development)
  • Crooked Bones (in development)
  • Tombs (in development)
  • 1491 (2017)
  • The Road Forward (2017)
  • Moosemeat & Marmalade (2016)
  • Number 14 (2015)
  • Ballads Not Bullets: Tom Jackson (2014)
  • Pilgrims (2013)
  • Red Snow (2012)
  • The Language of Love (2012)
  • Jesus Indian (2010)

As a performer

  • "Hester" in Bella Ciao! (in development)
  • "Lorraine" in My Cousin Lived Next Door (2013)
  • "Native Nartender" in Unnatural & Accidental (2006)
  • "Melanie Frum" in Da Vinci's Inquest (2002)
  • Making History: Louis Riel and the Nort-West Rebellion of 1885 (1997)

As a producer

  • Red Snow (in development)
  • Looking at Edward Curtis (in development)
  • Mags and Tess (in development)
  • Crooked Bones (in development)
  • Smoke(d) (in development)
  • Number 14 (2015)
  • The Language of Love (2012)
  • Jesus Indian (2010)

Awards

Won

  • Number 14 - 2015 American Indian Film Festival Award for Best Public Service Film [5]
  • Pilgrims - 2013 Shaw Media Award [5]
  • Red Snow - 2012 Women in the Director's Chair Award for Best Feature Film [5]
  • Burning Vision - 2004 Canada-Japan Literary Award [2]
  • The Unnatural and Accidental Women - 1998 Jessie Richardson Theatre P.T.C. Award for Outstanding Original Play in Development [2]

Nominated

  • Burning Vision - 2004 George Ryga Literary Award [2]
  • Burning Vision - 2003 Governor General's Award for Drama (Finalist) [2]
  • 2002 Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre [2]
  • Burning Vision - 2002 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Play [2]
  • Now Look What You Made Me Do - 1998 Sundance Screenwriting Competition (Finalist) [2]
  • Now Look What You Made Me Do - 1997 Praxis Screenwriting Competition (Shortlisted) [2]
  • Age of Iron - 1994 Jessie Richardson Theatre Sydney Risk Award [2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Clements%2C%20Marie
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 http://talonbooks.com/authors/marie-clements
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://fccs.ok.ubc.ca/news-events/residencies/writer-in-residence/2015.html
  4. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25068990
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 http://www.widc.ca/director/marie-clements/

Name:Marie Clements
Location:Galino Island, British Columbia
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