Since the early days of Sundance Institute, and true to the vision of Robert Redford, supporting Native Film has been an integral part of the work we do. The Native American and Indigenous Program at Sundance Institute boasts over 20 years of celebrating community and the exchange of ideas among Native American and Indigenous filmmakers and the global film community. To commemorate this milestone, Sundance Institute has partnered with multiple institutions which have a commitment to film and Native and Indigenous cinema. The kick off retrospective will begin in New York this month and continue to Santa Fe, New Mexico, through September.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in collaboration with Sundance Institute present Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program. The 11-day retrospective (July 10-21, 2014) consists of 10 programs of dramatic features and documentaries—9 features and 11 shorts in total—by Native American and indigenous directors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Artist discussions will include filmmakers Taika Waititi (Te Whanau a Apanui, Boy, 2010), Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho, Smoke Signals, 1998), Heather Rae (Cherokee, Trudell, 2005), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq, On the Ice, 2011), Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek, This May Be The Last Time, 2014) and Sydney Freeland (Navajo, Drunktown’s Finest, 2014).
Among the films featured is Drunktown’s Finest, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is having its East Coast premiere and theatrical run. The film is a coming-of-age story about three young Native Americans, an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual and their strife to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.
Sundance Institute continues to maintain a strong commitment to supporting Native and Indigenous filmmakers. The Native program has built and sustained a unique support cycle for Indigenous artists through grants, labs, mentorships, a fellowship program at the Sundance Film Festival, and screenings for Native communities to inspire new generations of storytellers. Currently operating programs in the United States, Canada, and formerly New Zealand and Australia, the Institute has established a rich legacy of work by supporting more than 300 Native and Indigenous filmmakers, including Taika Waititi, Sterlin Harjo, Billy Luther, Rachel Perkins, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, Aurora Guerrero, Sydney Freeland, and Yolanda Cruz.
We hope you’ll be able to join us at one of our celebrations of this important milestone. Click here to purchase tickets to all Native Program screenings at MoMA.