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The Great Salish Heist

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Shuswap (Secwépemc) actor Darrell Dennis makes his feature debut as writer-director in this Vancouver Island-made caper comedy about the theft of Indigenous artifacts. Steve (Dennis) is a traditional archeologist of the (fictional) Moquahat people. His life is in a downward spiral but he believes that by reclaiming the artifacts from a local museum he can turn things around. Enlisting the help of a ragtag bunch of Rez rebels, he gets mixed up with the Russian mafia along the way.

The Great Salish Heist is a scrappy indie Ocean’s 11 with bags of charm and some authentic things to say about cultural colonialism.


The Great Salish Heist manages to pull off its engaging premise with panache, aided immensely by a standout cast.

Shaun Lang, Hollywood North magazine


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  • The lights to be up so it is not too dark
  • The film sound levels to be lowered
  • No trailers before the film
  • Fewer tickets sold so folks can choose where they want to sit
  • Audience noise and movement during the show
  • Freedom to enter and exit the cinema
  • A chill out space
  • Sound reduction headphones
  • Extra staff and volunteers on site to answer questions


Relaxed Screenings Presented by


Darrell Dennis


Darrell Dennis, Tricia Helfer, Graham Greene, Ashley Callingbull, Andrea Menard, Craig Lauzon

Country of Origin






96 min

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Saturday May 25

12:00 pm
Hearing Assistance Relaxed Screening
VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre
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Darrell Dennis


Joseph Boutilier


Daniel Krieger

Production Design

Aija Alle-Kopas, Carlie Voisin

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