Sundance Institute at the Autry Presents Native Films

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Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2012) — The Autry National Center and Sundance Institute announce the second Sundance Institute at the Autry Presents Native Films program, a partnership that enables free public screenings of films created by emerging filmmakers from around the world, organized in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles, American Indian Studies Center. The screenings will take place on November 3 during the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace weekend, which attracts over 180 American Indian contemporary artists to Los Angeles.

“The Autry is pleased to collaborate once again with Sundance Institute and UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center to bring Native films to Los Angeles, home to the largest urban Native American population in the country,” said Shelby Tisdale, the Autry’s Vice President of Curatorial and Exhibitions and former director of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Seeing stories come to life and told through a Native perspective is vital in the continuing dialogue about the diverse peoples of the American West.”

“The Autry National Center’s American Indian Arts Marketplace weekend plays a significant role as both a gathering for Native artists and the general public and as a moment of visibility for the importance of Native American arts and storytelling to our cultures,” said N. Bird Runningwater, Director of the Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program.

The November 3 event will screening five short films by Native and Indigenous filmmakers followed by a Q&A and reception in the museum lobby. This event is free to the public. Reservations are highly recommended. RSVP to Diana Terrazas at 323.667.2000, ext. 230, or

Sundance Institute at the Autry Presents Native Films is organized in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles, American Indian Studies Center. The program is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

Sundance Institute at the Autry Schedule
Saturday, November 3
7:00 p.m. Screenings of Native short films from the Sundance Film Festival
8:30 p.m. Q&A with Brooke Swaney, director of Ok Breathe Auralee, followed by a reception.

Choke / Canada
Director and Screenwriter: Michelle Latimer (Métis)
Upon leaving his First Nations reserve, Jimmy encounters the lost souls of the city and is reminded that no matter how far you travel, you cannot escape who you are.

Stones / USA
Director and Screenwriter: Ty Sanga (Native Hawaiian)
Set in the ancient times in the islands of Hawai’i, a forlorn woman living in isolation with her husband meets a child from a nearby village and contemplates whether she should bring her into her mystical world. 

The Cave / Canada
Director and Screenwriter: Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in)
A hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife in this fantastical version of a true Tsilhqot’in story.

Ebony Society / Aotearoa/New Zealand
Director and Screenwriter: Tammy Davis (Ngāti Rangi and Atihaunui a Paparangi)
While out one night stealing, two boys learn a lesson.

Ok Breathe Auralee / USA
Director and screenwriter: Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet and Salish)
Auralee wants a baby and will go to great lengths to get what she wants.

About the American Indian Arts Marketplace Weekend
November 3–4, 2012
The Autry National Center presents a weekend-long celebration of Native American arts and culture centered around its annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. Featuring more than 180 Native American artists selling their works of art in various mediums, the weekend will also host performances, children’s activities, documentary films by the Sundance Institute, panel discussion, book signings, and theatre by the Autry’s world-renowned theatre company, Native Voices at the Autry. For more information, visit

About Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program
Rooted in the recognition of a rich tradition of storytelling and artistic expression by Native American and Indigenous peoples, Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program operates the NativeLab Film Fellowship established for emerging Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian filmmakers. The program has also established filmmaker labs in New Zealand and Australia which have spawned such projects as The Strength of Water (New Zealand), Samson and Delilah (Australia), Bran Nue Dae (Australia), and Here I Am (Australia). The program also collaborates with the other artist programs of the Institute and scouts worldwide and across the United States for Indigenous artists with projects that can be supported through the Institute’s Feature Film Program, Creative Producers Summit/Creative Producing Fellowship, and Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers and projects identified for support include Sterlin Harjo’s Spirit Award–nominated Four Sheets to the Wind and his follow-up feature Barking Water; Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi’s feature debut Eagle vs Shark and his follow-up feature Boy; Billy Luther’s award-winning Miss Navajo and his second feature documentary Grab; and Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize–winning Sikumi and his feature debut On the Ice, which was awarded the Crystal Bear Award and the Best First Feature Prize at the 61st Berlinale; and Aurora Guerrero’s Mosquita y Mari, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Forthcoming projects include Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest and Yolanda Cruz’s La Raya.

About Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theatre, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform, and inspire, regardless of geopolitical, social, religious, or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights, and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born Into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza, and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About UCLA American Indian Studies Center
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center was founded in 1969 at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Indian communities. The Center also serves as a bridge between the academy and Indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally. Today, we foster innovative academic research, publish leading scholarship in the field of American Indian studies, and support events and programming focused on Indigenous issues.

About the Autry National Center
The Autry is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical Western experience and explore critical issues in society.

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