GHOST DAYS: IXL Brick Factory

Terrance Houle

2017, 60:05 minutes, colour, English


GHOST DAYS is a beautiful & haunting film that involves the conjuring of the spirit and the living audiences in Colonial & Indigenous culture. Each artist in GHOST DAYS hauntingly performs to the spirits of the decommissioned IXL Brick Factory (Medalta) in Medicine Hat, performing to fathers, mothers, love, pain, workers/family, and culminating to a climactic end that’s speaks to reclamation & possible reconciliation. Major themes of creations and destruction, life and death, living and the spirit, land vs. colonization takes over in each story.

GHOST DAYS awakens collaboration with artists, audience, and spirit, this unique film involves spoken word, music, sound art & performance evoking our colonial and non-colonial histories that exist in the light of night as in the darkness of the day.

Terrance Houle bases this feature length performance video on the continuing project
GHOST DAYS. Featuring Cobra Collins, Matt Master (Burgener) & Amanda Burgener, Terrance Houle, Maxine WeaselFat & Vern Houle (Houles Parents) also Brett Gordon. Performances were directed by Houle and shot by D.O.P Alex Moon on High Definition cameras at the decommissioned IXL Brick & Tile Factory in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Medalta Clay Potteries.

The Flood- Cobra Collins
The Workers- Matt Masters/ Amanda Burgener
The Kiln- Terrance Houle/ Brett Gordon
The Bricks- Terrance Houle/ Vern Houle/ Maxine WeaselFat

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