Grand Portage

Julia Pello

First feature film

Country: United States
Genre: Fiction, Documentary
Length : 90’
Project state: Development

Budget: 138 267,75 €
% Acquired Budget: 0%

Production company : Mass Ornament
Producer: Zoe Sua Cho

Co-production company : THRD FACTORY
Producer: Julia Pello

Shooting countries: United States, Canada, Scotland


Mass Ornament
– A Machine to Live In / Yoni Goldestein and Meredith Zielke/ 89′
– House of Hummingbird / Bora Kim / 2019 / 138′
– They / Anahita Ghazvinizadeh / 2017/ 80′
– What Remains / Anahita Ghazvinizadeh / 2016 / 19′
– Wolkaan/Bahar Noorizadeh / 2015 / 30′

Grand Portage begins by following National Park Rangers who are “historical interpre- ters”, at the Grand Portage National Monument (GPNM) on the Grand Portage Reser- vation situated on the Canada/USborder. Starting as a meditation on the possibility of history while foregrounding local Ojibwe tribal narratives, the film traces ignored, forgotten or buried Métis and Two-Spirit histories around Lake Superior that challenge and inform the dominant Western colonial versions of fur trade history. Drawing from GPNM and its attempt at historical recreation, so too do the characters point toward a pathos and aesthetic of imperfection in historical recreation and reenactment. At once about history at large and specific histories of the regions and peoples, Grand Portage moves by engaging the ways in which history is made in the present. As the characters depart from Minnesota to move northwest along historic canoe wa- terways, so do the simple distinctions between present and past, fiction and nonfic- tion, historical character and personage.
Julia Pello

Sofia Bohdanowicz

Sharon Lockhart

Carlos Casas

Juan Rodrigáñez

Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky

Tina Makharadze

Daniela Seggiaro

Mili Pecherer