Rhymes For Young Ghouls ╳ Jeff Barnaby

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Director / writer Jeff Barnaby visits a dark shadow of Native American history and institutionalized imprisonment in Rhymes For Young Ghouls.

Official film background info can be read as follows:

“Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.


At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out her out of St.Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed.
Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.


“I want to take the violence and sadness that exists on reserves and create a
human hero. I need to show Native people just how strong we are.”


– Jeff Barnaby, writer/director/editor


RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is Barnaby’s debut feature film, after having previously directed multiple short films, including The Colony and File Under Miscellaneous, which both previously premiered at TIFF in ’07 and ’10. Barnaby’s screenplay, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Creative Promise Award for Narrative, beating out hundreds other scripts from across North America.


RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is the 20th film to be produced through the CFC features program and was financed by SODEC, Telefilm, Bell Media’s The Movie Network, Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, the Canadian Film Centre, Quebec and Canadian tax credits, the Harold Greenberg Fund, the Quebec Arts Council and Tribeca All Access.


The film is being represented by Les Film Seville in Canada and by Entertainment One International for world sales.”

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Art Blog - Jeff Barnaby - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Jeff Barnaby - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Jeff Barnaby - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Jeff Barnaby - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Jeff Barnaby - Empty Kingdom

No trailer as of yet for RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS. Instead, a very articulately crafted clip from the film.

Rhymes For Young Ghouls, 2013

Jeff Barnaby