Ruthless Souls

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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:84 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Madison Thomas
Producer:Darcy Waite
Screenwriter:Madison Thomas
Cast:Mary Galloway
Liam Zarrillo
Christy Taronno
Note Writer:Celeste Wong


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18.


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Jackalope aka “Jackie,” a queer Ojibwe artist in Winnipeg, is stuck in a cycle of mourning, half-heartedly attempting therapy treatments and immersing herself in her art to avoid confronting her pain following the sudden loss of her partner. When her two lifelong best friends unexpectedly break up, Jackie’s world spins further out of its orbit. But with the strength of each other’s unconditional love and support, these three fierce and 'ruthless' souls discover that in facing their darkest moments together, they can begin to heal. Vibrantly woven together with original songs, powerful spoken word poetry, and dance, Ojibwe/Saulteaux director Madison Thomas’ sophomore feature is a love letter to all artists and dreamers who are nourished by the support of their inclusive communities. A courageous down-to-the-bone portrait of healing and closure and a testament to the resilience of one’s chosen family, Ruthless Souls is a beautiful reminder that vulnerability can be powerful and that those who are gone live with us forever.

Additional Information

Madison Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her films have played festivals worldwide. Thomas is known for creating unique blends of genre and format in her work which often reflect on her own experiences growing up in the inner-city as a mixed race Indigenous woman. Thomas was one of three directors selected to shadow on the new CBC series Trickster under award-winning filmmaker Michelle Latimer. Thomas was also one of eight directors selected for the 2019 Canadian Academy program for Female Directors. In 2019, she was named one of Playback Magazine’s “filmmakers to watch."