Gemini-award-winning actress Michelle Thrush has led a busy and illustrious life. You may recognize her as one of the many characters she has portrayed on-screen: Sylvia in North of 60, Gail in Blackstone, Laura in Moccasin Flats or Jaclyn on Tin Star. For all the many critically acclaimed roles she’s taken on, she should also receive the highest honours for juggling her concurrent real-life roles as a mother, First Nations activist, and artistic director of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. At this year’s CFMF family area, you’ll associate another role with this shapeshifter’s lengthy resumé: Kookum Martha. For the uninitiated, Kookum (grandmother) Martha, is a playful imp of a Cree Elder who can tease and cajole the stiffest of audiences into pools of jiggling gigglers. Kookum lovingly and delicately reminds us that we’re never too young to find and celebrate our own inner elder. She also not-so-gently reminds us that, regardless of age, ya gotta have fun. Thrush will also bring her warmth and humour to Thursday night’s main stage as the emcee.
Biography by Chantal Vitalis