An image of Jarret Twoyoungmen wearing glasses and a black ball cap
Photo courtesy of Jarret Twoyoungmen

Jarret Twoyoungmen

Growing up on comic books and films sparks imagination

Cherie McMaster and Sable Sweetgrass

Hailing from Stoney Nakoda, Jarret Twoyoungmen is a cultural leader in his community and founder of the Nakoda AV Club. He is a musician, writer, director and photographer who is perhaps best known for his work as a filmmaker, which he fell into purely by accident. 

“I didn’t have any clue that I’m going to be a filmmaker at all, and I have no clue I was good at it, I have no clue I’ll love it,” he says.

Twoyoungmen grew up in Morley and says he was always a daydreamer. Having spent much of his childhood watching movies, it’s no wonder that his imagination would take him down a path to filmmaking. “[Watching characters in films] created our imagination to be like them. I didn’t realize how it helped me a lot to be a filmmaker — watching movies — I had no idea.” 

Twoyoungmen’s upbringing in a Christian household was challenging, and he felt the pull to seek out more of his culture’s traditional ways, an exploration that helped shape him into the person he is today. 

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear more about Jarret Twoyoungmen’s love of comic books, growing up in a Stoney Nakoda speaking household, and his journey into filmmaking.

About The Storytelling Podcast: Indigenous Stories

Sharing diverse stories of creativity in our city, The Storytelling Podcast shines a spotlight on artists and projects that connect Calgarians to the arts.

Part of The Storytelling Project, this series raises awareness about local Indigenous artists who, by living creative lives, are making Calgary a better city, effecting positive change and enriching others’ lives.

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