Virtual Premiere: Smokey Devil – Underworld Street Reporter
Watch the REPLAY of the panel after the Virtual Premiere on Thursday, July 27th, 2023 with Smokey D, filmmaker Nat Canuel and Trey Helton Manager of the OPS after the film (approx 5pm). Access the film until midnight July 30. Please spread the word!
Smokey Devil – Underworld Street Reporter is a colourful look at the life of a renowned Downtown Eastside artist and icon who is known for his murals depicting the toxic drug crisis, memorials, MMIWG2S and many other issues. Smokey’s story explains his 30 years of experience as a graffiti artist and drug user who has lost hundreds of friends and family due to the worst overdose crisis in Canadian history. While raising awareness in his community for people without access to news or internet, he gives us unrestricted access to one of the most marginalized neighbourhoods in Canada where he paints the streets in broad daylight with no fear of repercussions. We follow Smokey’s journey from an adolescent growing up in the prison system, to a community activist whose contribution was recognized by the mayor of Vancouver in 2023, when he officially proclaimed March 11th as “Smokey D Day”.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to watch this incredible story and hear from some of the Downtown Eastside’s champions. Your support will help get Smokey’s story to a broader audience and raise awareness of the worst toxic drug crisis in Canadian history.
Our world premiere of Smokey Devil – Underworld Street Reporter was held at SFU’s Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, now you can watch after-viewing panel discussion with Smokey Devil, Trey Helten, Sarah Blyth, DJ Larkin and Nathaniel Canuel. Please consider also donating to our Go Fund Me. The funds raised by these events will contribute towards artist Smokey Devil and further outreach with the film to reach a wider audience.
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The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition is comprised of over 50 organizations and 6,000 individuals working to support the development of a drug policy for Canada that is based in science, guided by public health principles, is respectful of the human rights of all, and seeks to include people who use drugs and those harmed by the war on drugs in moving towards a healthier Canadian society.