JANICE WRIGHT CHENEY & MATT BROWN // The Last Lucivee

Installation Info

This will be the first screening in New Brunswick of The Last Lucivee, a short film created and directed by Matthew Brown and Janice Wright Cheney. Shot in various locations in the Wabanaki-Acadian forests of New Brunswick, it tells the dystopian tale of a naturalist who is determined to prove the existence of the fabled Eastern Cougar.

The cougar once roamed the woodlands of eastern North America, but today, industrial forestry practices have nearly destroyed any remaining viable cougar habitat. Now, the cougar exists only in our collective memory, except for the occasional, much debated, sighting. Uniquely for this festival, the artists are creating The Naturalist’s Cabin, an installation where viewers can become acquainted with the naturalist before entering an adjacent space to watch the 11-minute film.

Bio

Janice Wright Cheney (she/her) is a visual artist based in Eqpahak/Fredericton. Her textile-based sculptures and installations consider the fragility of our present state, examine loss of wilderness, and imagine ecological life in the future. She has a BFA from Mount Allison University and an MEd in Critical Studies from the University of New Brunswick. She teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design.

Photo credit: Lori Quick

Matt Brown (he/him) is a filmmaker based in Menagoesg/Saint John. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick, he studied photography at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design. He has co-produced and directed several documentaries including a series of artist profiles for CBC Arts, “The Exhibitionists,” which just completed its final season in 2021.