Artist

Thirza Cuthand

Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 they have been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, Hot Docs in Toronto, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where their short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. Their work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. They completed their BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and their Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University. In 1999 they were an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where they completed Through The Looking Glass.  In 2012 they were an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where they completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015 they were commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. In the summer of 2016 they began working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on their experience learning and dealing with their bipolar disorder. It showed at ImagineNATIVE and they are planning to further develop it. They have also written three feature screenplays and sometimes does performance art. They are of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently reside in Toronto.

Videography

The Longform Lesbian Census

2017, 04:21 minutes, colour, English

2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com

2017, 04:56 minutes, colour, English

2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99

2015, 04:47 minutes, colour, English

Just Dandy

2013, 07:38 minutes, colour, English

Boi Oh Boi

2012, 09:32 minutes, colour, English

Sight

2012, 03:33 minutes, colour, English

Homelands

2010, 53:00 minutes, colour, Cree and English

Thirza Cuthand Compilation - for educational sales

2008, 42:00 minutes, B&W/colour titles, English

You Are A Lesbian Vampire

2008, 03:17 minutes, B&W/colour titles, English

Madness in Four Actions

2008, 08:09 minutes, B&W, English

Love & Numbers

2004, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

Anhedonia

1999, 09:30 minutes, colour, English

Helpless Maiden Makes An "I" Statement

1999, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Through the Looking Glass

1999, 13:54 minutes, colour, English

Untouchable

1998, 04:14 minutes, colour, English

Bisexual Wannabe

1997, 02:30 minutes, colour, English

My Sister

1996, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Lessons in Baby Dyke Theory

1995, 03:00 minutes, Colour, English

Critical Writing

Festival Reviews: It's a Banner Year for North America's Premier...
by Norman Wilner and Susan G. Cole. NOW, Oct. 9, 2008, v. 28, no. 6.
Where else but ImagineNative?: One sexy cowboy meets a half-breed...
by Nick Davies. Xtra!, Oct. 14 Fall, 2004, no. 521.
Three short essays on growing up
by Terence Dick. Fuse, May 2002, v. 25, no. 2.
Simple Stories
Argos festival, 2001. Brussel: Argos Festival, 2001.
Video Primer: A Series of 5 Video Programs
by Michelle Jacques. Video Primer, 2001. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001.
Thirza Cuthand
by Shawna Dempsey. Poolside, Fall 1999.
First Vancouver Aboriginal Film Festival A Success
by Ronald B. Barbour. First Nations Drum, Dec. 1998.
(untitled)
Born Under Surveillance, 1998. Vancouver: Video in Studio, 1998.