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 girl in the hallway

friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:15pm

Program #7

Why does 'Little Red Riding hood' give Jamie nightmares?
It's been 15 years, and the girl in the hallway haunts him still.
This is a testament to locked doors. A lullaby sung by wolves with duct tape and polaroids.
Not all children make it out of the forest.
Some stories children shouldn't hear.

Meet the filmmakers

WRITER - Jamie Dewolf

DIRECTOR - Valerie Barnhart

PRODUCER - Valerie Barnhart

ANIMATOR - Valerie Barnhart


Valerie Barnhart


Valerie Barnhart is an independent animator and visual artist based out of Ottawa, Canada. Her interdisciplinary practice is exploratory in nature but revolves specifically around the dynamics of silence and inaction as a form of violence.

Valerie's background in book arts, and photography lead her to study at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design with a major in Visual Arts: a studio specialty in Printmaking and Drawing and an academic emphasis in Decolonization Politics and Non Western Art. In Valerie's 3rd year, she was sent on exchange to Willem deKooning Academie Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. There she explored stone lithography, architecture, and trend watching. Upon completion of her degree, Valerie exhibited in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Lima. Her art practice made a massive shift into documentary and animation entirely by accident. Girl in the Hallway is Valerie's very first animation. She taught herself how to animate during this three year production.

She lives with her husband, her 2 dogs, and 2 cats amongst piles of dusty books, blooming cacti, and hot tea.

Jamie DeWolf


Jamie DeWolf first exploded into national prominence in the competitive lyrical battles of poetry slams, winning his first title on the Oakland Slam team in 1999. DeWolf went on to become the Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, and is also an Individual finalist for the International World Championship. He’s been awarded “Performer of the Year” by NPR’s Snap Judgment and was a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, 60 Minutes, UPN, BBC, Vice, NBC and CBS. DeWolf premiered multiple stories on Snap Judgment Live, and The Girl in the Hallway (about the disappearance of his neighbour Xiana Fairchild) and Exit Interview (a story of surviving suicide), were both showcased by UpWorthy the year of their premieres. Voted “Best Poet” of the Bay Area by the East Bay Express two years in a row, Jamie is also a mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading presenter of Spoken Word education. He coached their slam team of young poets to the Brave New Voices Finals on HBO. He’s performed and lead writing workshops at over 130 universities, high schools and juvenile detention centres across the U.S, and hosted the first-ever slam poetry competition for inmates at San Quentin Penitentiary.

Director’s Statement:

There is violence in silence and inaction. This is a passive violence in which one choses to not act. "Girl in the Hallway" addresses this particular violence within a Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit (MMIW, MMIWG2S) dialogue.

The Red dress is symbolic within this human rights crisis. The complexity of this cultural genocide turns little girls into a Little-Red-Riding-Hood hunted by wolves.

Jamie DeWolf talks about the impact one missing Hawaiian girl, Xiana Fairchild, had on him and his community.