Eyes of Society


Eyes of Society is a short film that documents a group of artists from across Canada as they embark on a 14 day kayak journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient Haida village of SGang Gwaay. The film reflects on the important role of an artist in society and how that differs across cultures and time. Filmmakers Allison Smith and Joseph Crawford of Braid Films capture Gwaii Haanas through the eyes of an artist, highlighting the imagery, emotion and artistic influence of natural spaces. This trip brings together artists W. David Ward, Andrew Sookrah, Anja Karisik, Gary Landon, Sophie Lavoie and April White.

Directed by Allison Smith and Joseph Crawford
Filmed by Allison Smith and Joseph Crawford
Original Score by Deadhorsebeats

Supported by Seaward Kayaks, Green Coast Kayaking, The Haida Nation, Gwaii Haanas Marine Conservation Area and National Park Reserve, and Moresby Explorers.




Watch on Air Canada's In-Flight Entertainment  March 1st - June 30th, 2017. 

Selected for the 2017 Arts & Letter's Club, Explorer's Club Film Festival, March 24th, 2017

Selected for the 2017 DC Short Film Festival, September 8th, 2017

Screened at Ontario Society of Artists, Killarney Retreat - Screening and talk - Killarney Mountain Lodge, Ontario - Sept 29th 2017

Screened at Studio 410, Winnipeg Beach, MB. October 6th at 7:30 pm

Screened at Cineworks Documentary Showcase, Vancouver, October 25th 2017

Selected for the 2017 Skeena Wild Film Festival, Northern BC, November 1st - 10th, 2017

Finalist at the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival, October 29th, 7:30PM, Eric Harvie Theatre and November 1st 7:00PM/9:30PM Lux Theatre

Watch on Slipstream in November 2017


After the journey in Gwaii Haanas, and in collaboration with the participating artists, a small group exhibit was on display at the following galleries and locations:

Westmount Gallery, Toronto, November 18th, 2016

Second Wedge Brewing Company - Art Space - Screening and talk -  Uxbridge, Ontario - March 8th 2017

Aurora Cultural Centre Eye Of Society - Screening and talk - Aurora, Ontario - July 5th 2017

The Robert Bateman Centre, June - September 2018

Community Screening 

If you'd like to screen the film in your community below are list of licensing amounts, for one non-broadcast public or private exhibition  of the film Eyes of Society. You may charge admission and keep the proceeds to fund-raise. You will be required to return the screening DVD.

  • 1-50 people: $40.00
  • 51-100 people: $60.00
  • > 100 people:$80.00

For more information contact: hello@braidfilms.com