Watch Tanya Tagaq’s Trailer for New Documentary Ever Deadly

Watch Tanya Tagaq’s Trailer for New Documentary Ever Deadly

A new collaborative film with filmmaker Chelsea McMullan

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq in Ever Deadly (Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada, 2022)

Tanya Tagaq has shared the trailer for Ever Deadly, her new documentary made in collaboration with filmmaker Chelsea McMullan. The film features concert footage and sequences filmed on location in Nunavut, Canada, the country’s largest and northernmost territory. It’s set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

In a statement on the film, Tagaq said: 

“Many people have approached me with a proposal to engage in making a documentary. I tend towards being camera shy (offstage), so it wasn’t until I was approached by a friend that a documentary happened. Chelsea was a friend I met through Rae Spoon. They did a documentary called My Prairie Home. I watched it on an airplane. I love Rae; it was so nice to see them onscreen and to see them being portrayed in the right way.

So we jumped into making Ever Deadly. Chelsea pushes. I pull. We got riding the same caribou and off we went! This process has been exhilarating and interesting. Bringing the crew up to Nunavut was the highlight for me. Realizing that’s how I feel in the South, in your culture. I am always cautious, not quite knowing how to behave, not having a handle on the rules. Watching the crew learn how to drive an ATV on the tundra and take in the majesty of the land gave me a sense of peace. Thank you to Chelsea and the crew for taking the time to film.

The concert—now in COVID times I drool and giggle and writhe in joy with the memory of the moments when the music took control and gave me freedom. We will have that again soon, but for now, enjoy the screen. Enjoy this concert footage interspersed with my family history, Canadian history, and our present and presence.”

Tagag released her fifth album Tongues in January, drawing some of its lyrics from her 2018 book Split Tooth. It was selected for the long list of the 2022 Polaris Prize, an annual award for Canada’s best album of the year.

Check out “Inuk Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Will Make You See Canada in a Chilling New Light” on the Pitch.


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