Theo J. Cuthand

Theo J. Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995, he has 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 his short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. His work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg.

Cuthand completed his BFA, majoring in Film and Video, at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and his Masters of Arts in Media Production at X University. In 1999, he was an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where he completed
Through The Looking Glass.  In 2012, he was an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where he completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015, he was commissioned by imagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99.

In the summer of 2016, Cuthand began working on a 2D video game called
A Bipolar Journey, based on their experience learning and dealing with his bipolar disorder. It showed at imagineNATIVE, and he is planning to further develop it. He has also written three feature screenplays and sometimes does performance art. Cuthand is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto.

Artist Code: 551


The Lost Art of the Future

2022, 04:08 minutes, English, available with English subtitles

First Night Out

2022, 12:00 minutes, colour, English


2021, 08:23 minutes, English

Medicine and Magic

2020, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Medicine Bundle

2020, 09:33 minutes, colour, English

Less Lethal Fetishes

2019, 09:24 minutes, colour, English


2018, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

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, closed captions


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

TJ 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

Lessons in Baby Dyke Theory

1995, 03:00 minutes, Colour, English

Critical Writing

Thirza Cuthand: Medicine and Magic
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2022.
Curatorial Incubator v. 16: Living in Hope
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2021.
Thirza Cuthand: Medicine and Magic
by Ariel Smith et al. Toronto: V tape, 2020.
Of the Moment / In the Moment
by Lisa Myers. Toronto: V tape, 2014.
Prophesizing on the Virtual Reservation
by Michelle H. Raheja. Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film, 2011. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
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: One sexy cowboy meets a...
by Terence Dick. Fuse, May 2002, v. 25, no. 2.
Simple Stories: One sexy cowboy meets a half-breed dyke.
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: A Series of 5 Video Programs
by Shawna Dempsey. Poolside, Fall 1999.
First Vancouver Aboriginal Film Festival A Success: A Series of 5...
by Ronald B. Barbour. First Nations Drum, Dec. 1998.
First Vancouver Aboriginal Film Festival A Success: A Series of 5...
Born Under Surveillance, 1998. Vancouver: Video in Studio, 1998.