A Conversation with “Slash/Back” director Nyla Innuksuk and actors Tasiana Shirley and Nalajoss Ellsworth. [SXSW Film Festival]

EoM contributor Lindsey Dunn speaks with Nyla Innuksuk, director of Slash/Back and two of the cast members Tasiana Shirley and Nalajoss Ellsworth. 

In this discussion, Innuksuk talks about why she wanted to tell the story, why she chose Pangnirtung as the perfect setting, and how the community came together to tell the film. Shirley and Ellsworth share about their characters and their experiences on set. And we all end with a quick game of “Would you rather?” It’s a fascinating discussion, made all the more enjoyable by the opportunity to interview teen actors. 

If you prefer an audio edition, you can listen to this interview here:

Official Synopsis:

Pangnirtung, Nunavut: A sleepy hamlet nestled in the majestic mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean, wakes up to a typical summer day. No School, no cool boys (well… except one), and 24 hour sunlight. But for Maika and her ragtag friends, the usual summer is suddenly not in the cards when they discover an alien invasion threatening Pang. But these teenagers have been underestimated their whole lives, and using makeshift weapons and their horror movie knowledge, they show the aliens you don’t fuck with the girls from Pang.

World premiere during SXSW 2022.

Screening during the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

SXSW Screening Information:

* Sunday March 13th at 12:45p CT @ Alamo Lamar, Alamo Lamar D

* Monday March 14th at 9:00a CT (Online Only)

* Monday March 14th at 3:45p CT @ Violet Crown Cinema, Violet Crown Cinema 1

* Monday March 14th at 4:15p CT @ Violet Crown Cinema, Violet Crown Cinema 3

* Thursday March 17th at 6:15p CT @ Stateside Theatre

For more information, head to the official Slash/Back website or SXSW webpage.

SXSW 2022


Lindsey Dunn is the founder of 1 Of My Stories and is a member of the NCFCA. As an ALA-accredited librarian and lover of film, she’s convinced that finding the right story at the right time can change hearts and lives. 



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