Tune In to FNX Television for Native Program-Supported Short Films
On January 30th The First Nations Experience (FNX) Network premiered Native Shorts Presented by Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program on FNX, a subsidiary of the PBS station KVCR. FNX is the nation’s first TV network dedicated to Native American and World Indigenous content, and Native Shorts marks the first full length non-documentary series produced in-house under the FNX brand.
Native Shorts is a 12-episode series featuring short films that were showcased at the Sundance Film Festival through its Native American and Indigenous Program. The series’ co-host team is Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), Director of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program and TV personality Ariel Tweto (Inupiaq) of Flying Wild Alaska and Wipe-Out. Each week they introduce a new short film followed by Bird and Ariel sharing thoughts and comments about the film. Some of the filmmakers being featured include Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq), Sterlin Harjo (Creek/Seminole), Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot'in), Danis Goulet (Cree/Metis), Cedar Sherbert (Kumeyaay), Taika Waititi (Te Whanau a Apanui), among many others.
The partnership with FNX Television and Sundance Institute has been an aspiration from the time FNX first launched in 2011. Host Bird Runningwater reflected on the partnership, “A deal was reached, a partnership was formed and a TV show has actually been created that really highlights Indigenous filmmakers and their work that most often doesn’t get seen because it’s a short film that shows at film festivals. Now they have a longer life on FNX.”
The series currently airs in Southern California in its regular timeslot on FNX Channel 24.2 on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. PST and also airs on KVCR channel 24 on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m PST. The show also airs across the country in the regions below, and episodes are available for online viewing one week after their broadcast on the FNX website.
• KUAC 9.4
California - LA Area
• Paul Bunyan Channel 173
• Lakeland Public Television (LPTV) in Bemidji - 9.2
• Lakeland Public Television (LPTV) in Brainerd Lakes - 22.2
• Mid Continent Communications - 595
KVCR is licensed to the San Bernardino Community College District in Cailfornia and broadcasts from its studios on the campus of San Bernardino Valley College. The FNX television channel presents Native American stories and content to create a diverse and entertaining channel across all media platforms 24/7. The unique non-profit channel is the result of a shared vision and values between founding partners the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and KVCR.