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Native Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Celebrate 20 Years of Native and Indigenous Film at Santa Fe Indian Market

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance Institute. Following president and founder Robert Redford's original vision, the Institute has remained committed to supporting Native/Indigenous filmmakers since its founding. This support has created tremendous growth in the Native American media field and helped put these films on the cultural map. The Program has built and sustained a unique circle of support for indigenous film by scouting for and identifying artists, bringing them through lab and grant programs to get their projects made and shown, and taking the filmmakers and their work back to native lands to inspire new generations of storytellers. The Program, which currently operates labs and fellowships in the United States, and formerly in New Zealand, and Australia, has established a rich legacy of work and supported more than 300 filmmakers whose independent and original stories may have otherwise gone untold.

Screenings in Santa Fe at Jean Cocteau Cinema

This exhibition at Jean Cocteau Cinema consists of five programs of dramatic features and shortfilms —five features and five shorts in total—by Native American and Indigenous directors from the United States, New Zealand, and Canada. Filmmakers in attendance include: Sydney Freeland (Navajo); Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek Nations) and Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho).

  6:30pm 8:30pm
Aug 15-19 Drunktown's Finest  
Aug 20 Selected Sundance Shorts Drunktown's Finest
Aug 21 This May Be The Last Time + Q&A Drunktown's Finest
Aug 22 On The Ice Drunktown's Finest
Aug 23 Skins + Q&A Drunktown's Finest
Aug 24 Boy Drunktown's Finest

Sundance Institute Hosts a Conversation on Native American Cinema at MoCNA.

Through a unique circle of support over the last 20 years, Sundance Institute has mentored more than 300 Native American and Indigenous artists. Listen and engage with program director Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache) joined by program alumni Sydney Freeland (Navajo) and Sterlin Harjo (Seminole and Creek) as they discuss breaking through common filmmaking barriers, the changing media landscape and the importance of sharing original stories out of Native lands. Panel topics include: film school, artist labs, film production, fundraising, distribution and how to navigate a film festival for the first time. Visit the Institute of Indian Arts / MoCNA for further details.

Aug 22 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Panel with Sterlin Harjo and Sydney Freeland