UnLonely Film Festival 5

The Black Wolf

An alcohol addiction had a grip on Drew Robinson’s life and was leading him down a destructive path. After three near death experiences, he decided to get sober using Muay Thai and his Blackfoot culture.

This film deals with overcoming addiction. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“I think too often society closes the book on minorities who are suffering. Too often are we cast off as drunks, thieves, and savages but we are real people with real stories and real strength. I would encourage people to watch my film if they want to see a true story of a young Indigenous man who bounced back and turned those stereotypes on their head.”

Trevor Solway, Sinakson, is a Blackfoot filmmaker from Siksika Nation. Trevor attended the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in 2012. He then graduated from Mount Royal University with his Bachelor’s of Communications in 2017. In 2020 Trevor was a recipient of the Mount Royal University Alumni Award for his early career success. Trevor has self-produced and directed various short narratives and documentaries that have screened at Calgary International Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE Arts and Media Festival, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Trevor is the founder of The Napi Collective, a mentorship filmmaking society based in Siksika. From 2018-2020 Trevor mentored eighteen emerging indigenous filmmakers from his community to write, direct, shoot and edit four narrative films, which screened in their community and abroad at Indigenous film festivals such as the American Indian Film Festival, LA Skins, and Moariland Film Festival.

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  1. Rach

    Absolutely! I commend Drew’s dedication to Muay Thai arts as a way of getting out of addiction. As a recovering alcoholic I can very much relate to that spiral, and as he stated in the film, alcohol was a way of life, now he is choosing another way of life. What a miracle he made it through three near death experiences! I know that for me, focusing on fitness really helped carve out a new path in my brain – something about working with your body can keep you grounded, but also seeing the benefits of keeping in shape really helps mentally. I imagine learning a martial art such as Muay Thai helps keep you in the present moment and puts the focus on your body in the state of activity, motion and form. It takes a lot of practice and diligence to develop that skill!
    Great job, Drew – thank you for sharing your story on this journey of recovery. Thank you Trevor for bringing us this film – alcoholism wreaks so much havoc but it’s wonderful to see Drew recover, stay true to his indigenous roots and learn a new skill – what an inspiration to us all!

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