After the Last River was a labour of love, made with the help of dozens of amazing collaborators across the country. 

Read below to learn more about the core creative team behind the film.

VICKI LEAN, Director


Director Vicki Lean was born in Peterbough, Ontario and spent most of her childhood on in the Kawarthas where her parents ran a field station as part of the National Water Research Institute. With the belief that film and the arts are crucial in fostering dialogue and awareness, Vicki developed a passion for film and new media production and obtained a Joint Honours B.A. in Cultural Studies and International Development, MFA in Film Production and MBA in Arts and Media Management. 

Her debut feature documentary, After the Last River, examines the complex relationship between the Attawapiskat First Nation, De Beers and multiple levels of government. The film aims to support conversations about a more just and sustainable Canada and has been screening in First Nations communities, colleges, schools and in festivals across Canada, including Planet in Focus (winner of Best Canadian Feature) and DOXA (Winner of the Nigel Moore Award). 

Beyond her own filmmaking work, Vicki is committed to assisting in the growth of indigenous creative industries. As a consultant with Nordicity, she has worked on several engagements for governments and agencies in Northern Canada, including conducting strategic planning for the screen-based media in the Northwest Territories and the visual arts sectors in Nunavut. She is currently a producer at VICE. 


Jade Blair, Producer

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Producer, Jade Blair,  has been working on After the Last River since production began in 2010. With experience in music promotion, film distribution and design, Jade's diverse background has been invaluable. Jade has a degree in cultural studies  from McGill University, and recently finished LIFT's Filmmentor Program, designed to elevate female filmmakers.  Currently, beyond her work as producer, she is working as a writer. 




Terra Jean Long is an independent filmmaker and educator. Currently, she is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) where she contributes to a suite of dynamic community and education initiatives. She holds a double major BFA in film production and women’s studies from Concordia University and has recently completed the MFA in film production at York University.

Her films include: Notes from the Anthropocene, Push/Pull/Recover, and dinosaurs. 

Her works have screened at festivals and micro cinemas all over the world including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Club eX in Korea, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and in curated Canadian programs at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Oberhausen Film Festival, and Images Festival in her hometown of Toronto.