Seeking a Good Path: The Films of Michael Roderick Keshane

13 December 2023 – 11 February 2024

About the Exhibition

Programmed By

John G. Hampton

Organized by

MacKenzie Art Gallery


Shumiatcher Theatre

Seeking a Good Path is a celebration of the films and life of Michael Roderick Keshane (1988-2022). His experimental auto-biographical films present a raw and loving look into his life. Michael employs a deeply personal and improvisational style that gives an introspective and vulnerable view into his world. He celebrates family, ceremony, and tradition as sources for healing, while seeking peace and a path through inherited impacts of colonial violence. Michael tells his story in a way that only he could: sharing his soul, pain, beauty, ambition, struggles, imagination, and love.

Michael Roderick Keshane was an artist from Keeseekoose and Coté First Nations in Treaty 4 and grew up in North Central Regina. He credits his Grandmother and other family, as well as All Nations Hope for helping to set him on his healing journey, and the Saskatchewan Filmpool for sparking his love of filmmaking. In 2013 he moved to Toronto and became an active member of Trinity Square Video, where he produced and screened many of his films. His work has also been exhibited at and supported by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Humber Galleries, Tangled Art + Disability, and the Brandscape.

Special thanks to Michelle Rose, Beverly Keshane, David Plant, Jonathan Carrol, and Cat Bluemke for helping collect these films and make this screening possible.

Screening program:

Dead Life Acknowledged, 2014, 4:08
Giving up the Ghost, 2013, 4:37
Keepers for the old people, 2017, 18:35
9 Rules From: Safety Precaution, 2018, 19:49

Total runtime: 47:09