Biography

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TJ Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 he has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Ann Arbour Film Festival, Images in Toronto, Berlinale in Berlin, New York Film Festival, Outfest,and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. His work has also exhibited at galleries including the Remai in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, MoMA in New York, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and his Masters of Arts in Media Production at Toronto Metropolitan University in 2015. He has made commissioned work for Urban Shaman and Videopool in Winnipeg, Cinema Politica in Montreal, VIMAF in Vancouver, and Bawaadan Collective in Canada. In 2020 he completed working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on his experience learning and dealing with his bipolar disorder. It can be found here. He has also written three feature screenplays and has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Queer City Cinema’s Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. In 2017 he won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. He is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. He has made 32 videos and films and counting. Currently he has a feature film in development. He is a non-binary Butch boy who uses He/Him pronouns. He is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

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Thirza Directing on set of Kwêskosîw (she whistles)
Thirza Directing on the set of his film Kwêskosîw (She Whistles)

3 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hi,
    I am producing a report on the representation of women in Canadian cinema and TV and I was hoping I might speak to you very briefly.
    Thanks

  2. Hi there,
    My name is Aysha White and I’m a journalist representing This Magazine, which is based in Toronto.
    I am writing a piece about Cinema Politica’s Documentary Futurism project for This’s winter edition.
    As part of the article, I have been watching the featured films and yours, Reclamation is one of the ones that stood out and that I am hoping to feature in my piece.
    I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about your participation in the project and about Reclamation?
    Thank you!
    Best,
    Aysha

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