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Meet HAIDA MODERN Director Charles Wilkinson

Join us for a FREE screening of the documentary film Haida Modern: The Art and Activism of Robert Davidson at the San Juan Island Grange on Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm. Director Charles Wilkinson and subject Robert Davidson will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the screening. The film tells the story of one of the foremost Haida artists, Robert Davidson, and his instrumental role in the revival of coastal indigenous art and the revitalization of Haida culture.

About the Director

Charles Wilkinson is a Canadian filmmaker with a large body of documentary and dramatic film and television to his credit. Wilkinson’s latest multi-award-winning feature documentary Haida Modern: The Art and Activism of Robert Davidson has been selected at numerous international festivals as well as being chosen as the official opening and closing films of several. The film is currently in broadcast and distribution in both Canada and the US.

His critically acclaimed Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World won Most Popular Canadian Documentary at Vancouver International Film Festival, National Film Critics Best Documentary, the Director’s Guild Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary, and Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs.

Wilkinson’s other recent feature documentary work includes Vancouver: No Fixed Address, Oil Sands Karaoke, and Peace Out. Having started out in documentary and prior to returning with this suite of long forms, Wilkinson spent time writing and directing dramatic feature films, TV movies, and episodic shows for Canadian screens as well as for Disney, ABC & CBS in the USA.

Charles was born in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. He became a well-known country singer/TV performer/recording artist in his youth. He 'dropped out' for a decade to build a log house in the mountains, and worked logging, mechanical, building, and welding before attending film school, receiving several post-graduate degrees, and launching his career as an author & filmmaker. Charles lives with his family on a Pacific inlet near Vancouver.


This award-winning film is sponsored by Arctic Raven Gallery. For those who can’t attend in person, the movie will be live-streamed free. Start the film between 7 and 8 pm on the website: No RSVPs or tickets are required.

Film Trailer: Haida Modern: The Art and Activism of Robert Davidson


The Friday Harbor Film Festival's Best of the Fest Series is sponsored by SaviBank.

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