Thirza Cuthand

Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity, Frameline, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival where her short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. Her work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel, The Ottawa Art Gallery, and Urban Shaman. She has work in the collection at the National Gallery in Ottawa and at UCLA. She has written a feature screenplay and sometimes does performance art if she is in the mood. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent and currently resides in Toronto.


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


2012, 03:33 minutes, colour, English


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


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


1998, 04:14 minutes, colour, English

Bisexual Wannabe

1997, 02:30 minutes, colour, English

My Sister

1996, 05:00 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.
Born Under Surveillance, 1998. Vancouver: Video in Studio, 1998.