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“Intimate” short film depicts the making of a caribou hide drum

By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A “happy little accident” has resulted in a short film that will make its world premiere for Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation filmmaker Eric Janvier at the Calgary International Film Festival this weekend. “I had a bigger idea for this documentary. I wanted to show a caribou hunt. I wanted to show the hide being tanned and everything,” said Janvier of his documentary Heartbeat of a Nation. “But then obviously COVID happened and then it became this happy little accident that it got smaller and more intimate. It ended up being something so much better than I had envisioned.” Heartbeat of a Nation captures the personal and loving interactions between father, child and aunty. Brant Janvier instructs his child August on how to

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