Tributes to Barb Cranmer : Autumn 2019

Tributes to Barb Cranmer

Following her passing May 17, 2019 after a battle with cancer, artists and audiences mourned the loss of award-winning filmmaker Barb Cranmer of the 'Namgis First Nation, Alert Bay, B.C. A series of tributes followed with screenings of her work, the first of which took place at Vancity Cinema September 15th. Family members, elders and many community members from Alert Bay joined Vancouver friends for a screening of her work, speeches, dances and a feast that followed. In mid-October, the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York paid tribute; and on October 27th Toronto's imagineNATIVE Film Festival held a tribute screening attended by Barb's sisters Andrea and Donna and her niece Dr. Robin Gray (University of Toronto).

During the joint confefrence of American Anthropology Association and Canadian Society of Anthropologists in Vancouver late November, Dr. Kristen Dowell (Florida State University) and Dr. Aaron Glass (Bard College) organized another tribute, showing clips from Barb's films and offering people from both Vancouver and Alert Bay to offer praise and entertaining stories of Barb's dynamic energy and dedication to her community. Barb Cranmer touched so many people, in many communities. These tributes that brought us together were a long good-bye, so appropriate for an artist who isn't easy to forget.

Photo, L to R: Dr. Robin Gray, Donna Cranmer, Andrea Cranmer, Ali Kazimi, Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza.

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