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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: W.E. Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 65 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

Carl Beam was one the most influential and significant Canadian visual artists of recent time. This intimate and revealing documentary offers a unique look at the rich legacy of art and ideas that Beam left behind.

From his early years growing up on Manitoulin Island to his turbulent years spent at a residential school, the documentary explores how these early experiences impacted on his life but how he took that and incorporated it into his future art career.

His wife Ann and daughter Anong open up and talk about his life and his art. Their personal remembrances are illustrated through dozens of his artworks along with scores of family photos, personal writings, videos, and journal entries and notes. Other family members, friends and peers also offer their recollections prior to a retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of Canada.

"The film offers a very personal glimpse of the artist, his family and his creative mind. It enlightens the audience about the man and his work without ever being didactic."
- Jane Hubbard, Manitoulin Expositor

“This is one of the most effective depictions of an artist’s life, work and impact I have ever seen.” - Clint Buehler, Journalist, First Nations Drum
"Aakideh: The Art & Legacy of Carl Beam paints a warm, intimate and respectful portrait of an artist who nurtured an image of being uncompromising, confrontational and difficult."
- Robert Reid, Waterloo Region Record
See PDF in Related Documents below for more detailed information on the film including individual chapter descriptions, biographical information about Carl Beam and directors' statements.

Winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary and the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Local Focus Film Festival 2011, Kitchener, Ontario

Screened at:
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, November 2010
  • Reel Artists Film Festival, Toronto, February 2011
  • Local Focus Film Festival, Kitchener, ON, April 2011
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, April 2011
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, October 2011
  • Available Light Film Festival, February 2012
  • International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal,March 2013



- podcast of panel discussion at National Gallery with Ann Beam and curator Greg Hill
www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx - director interview

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