Cuthand (Cree) directs short films about gender, identity,
and mental health issues. He is currently directing XX Marks
the Spot, a documentary about his gender transition from female
to male. Most of his work was made under the name Thirza Cuthand.
Cuthand's film Anhedonia won the New MIC Award for Digital
Arts in 2001 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in
Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received a BFA in Film/Video.
He is a founding board member of ImageNation Aboriginal Film and
Video Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia. Cuthand also has
worked in performance art, creative writing, and comic book illustration.
Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and lives in Saskatoon,
"I sometimes think nobody really cares to hear these stories,
but sometimes that's the exciting part of the challenge of being
a filmmakertrying to work really hard to make these films
something people just HAVE to see for themselves. I think humor
really helpspeople are easier to reach if they are laughing
than if they feel like they are being lectured. For myself, the
second the end credits go I feel a rush."
Screened by NMAI
Sarain Cuthand - courtesy of the filmmaker