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.

Available online summer 2017



Watch Eyes of Society on Air Canada's In-Flight Entertainment as of March 1st, 2017. 

Selected for the 2017 Arts & Letter's Club, Explorer's Club Film Festival.

Selected for the 2017 DC Short Film Festival.

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