Clint Alberta

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Clint Alberta
Born
Clinton David Morrill

(1970-01-16)January 16, 1970
DiedFebruary 25, 2002(2002-02-25) (aged 32)
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active1999–2002

Clint Alberta, also known as Clint Morrill, Clint Tourangeau, Clint Star, and Clint Karatechamp, was a Canadian filmmaker.

Life[edit]

Clint Alberta was born to a Native (Métis) father and a White mother, Betty Morill. He studied psychology at the University of Alberta, where he counseled native children and solidified his own identity as a native person.[1]

He became involved in the National Film Board of Canada's Studio One native program in Edmonton, where he made his first film, Lost Songs.

He based his best-known film, Deep Inside Clint Star, on a series of interviews he did with several friends from the Métis community.[2] According to Katharine Asals, who edited the film, Alberta's influences for the film were "Freud and Matisse and pornography". She describes Deep Inside as "a look at native sexuality through identity, or identity through intimacy, or intimacy through perception of beauty and self."[1] Alberta, who portrays an obnoxious pornographic performer in the film, undertook an extended battle with the National Film Board when they told him to cut a long silence from Deep Inside. The film received high praise at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000.

Alberta experienced a particular degree of poverty after releasing the film, living on the streets for several months after that.[1]

On February 25, 2002, Alberta killed himself by jumping off the Prince Edward Viaduct.[3]

Filmography[edit]

  • Lost Songs, 1999
  • My Cousin Albert: Portrait in Shades of Black, 1999
  • Deep Inside Clint Star, 1999
  • Miss 501: A Portrait of Luck, 2002

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tillson, Tamsen (4 May 2002). "Filmmaker was 'very tortured'". Globe and Mail. p. F9. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. ^ Mayer, Sophie (2008). "This Bridge of Two Backs: Making the Two-Spirit Erotics of Community". Studies in American Indian Literatures. 20 (1): 10. doi:10.1353/ail.0.0005.
  3. ^ Asals, Katherine (2002). "Memoriam for Clint". Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto newsletter. Retrieved 31 August 2016.