Highway of Tears (Smithers, BC)

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Rio Theatre (Smithers)

3731 4 Ave

Smithers, British Columbia V0J 2N3

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We are really looking forward to screening the film in Smithers. We know many people in the surrounding communities that have been affected by the issues along Highway 16, so hopefully this will be a very engaging night to watch, reflect and discuss together on how we can best prevent crimes.

There will be a Q&A with director/producer Matthew Smiley and Matilda Wilson, Doug Leslie and Megan Leslie (Loren Donn Leslie Foundation).



HIGHWAY OF TEARS

Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the "Highway of Tears," victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers.

Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Matt Smiley's hard-hitting documentary Highway of Tears not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

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Rio Theatre (Smithers)

3731 4 Ave

Smithers, British Columbia V0J 2N3

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Organizer Matt Smiley

Organizer of Highway of Tears (Smithers, BC)

Matt Smiley is a multi-faceted artist. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Smiley was heavily influenced by his grandparents, who passed on a deep appreciation for art and culture.

Commencing his career as an actor, Smiley garnered worldwide critical success with "Kamataki", a film directed by Claude Gagnon. He then moved to Los Angeles and transitioned to film & book development after spending time studying theater in France. From 2007 to 2009, Smiley worked on Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton CEO, Bernard Arnault’s biography as an editor and writing collaborator with Per-Henrik Mansson. He worked for several years alongside French movie megastar Dany Boon ("Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis"), before branching out to produce "Rituals," and Ashton Kutcher-executive produced web-series created by Mean Magazine founder Kashy Khaledi that streams on the Katalyst ThrashLab YouTube Channel.

In June 2012, Smiley travelled to northern British Columbia to direct "Highway of Tears" a documentary film based on the missing women along Highway 16. The film will be released to the general public in early 2015, shedding light on a disturbing problem that has been largely ignored by the government and media, and which has disrupted normal life amongst the aboriginal communities in northern Canada. "Highway of Tears" marks the first producing collaboration between acclaimed Canadian actress, Carly Pope and Smiley. The film premiered in March 2014 at the TIFF Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Smiley then produced "Metropolis", a music video directed by Mr. Brainwash for David Guetta and Nicky Romero. The video was released on October 19, 2012 and has reached over 11 million viewers on YouTube.

He is currently producing original art pieces for shows in Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in 2015. His last exhibit in May 2013 was with Oscar Nominated Actor, Artist, Director, James Franco and Jeff Wack at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood.

Smiley recently starred in "Interference", a German feature film. He also signed on to direct two high-profile documentaries, a televison pilot and a feature film that will shoot in the summer of 2015.


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