Turning Stone, SU host native film events

Published Oct 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

The Oneida Indian Nation is hosting two film events this weekend in collaboration with the Sundance Institute and Syracuse International Film Festival. 

The first is a special evening of film screenings, presented through a joint initiative with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and included as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival program. The event starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the resort’s Cypress Room.

The approximately 90-minute event will include an introduction by Sundance Institute senior staff, a curated series of six short films by award-winning filmmakers from around the country, and a special Q&A with Shaandiin Tome, the Dine, or Navajo, writer and director of “Mud,” a short film accepted for the Sundance Film Festival. The evening offers those interested in independent films an opportunity to meet with Sundance Institute staff and filmmakers to learn more about the industry.

Guests interested in attending should RSVP to Sarah.Koral@turningstone.com or call 315-361-8191.

This event serves as the launch of a collaboration between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Sundance Institute, designed to expand the reach of storytellers in upstate New York. The collaboration will include a series of local film screenings and workshops throughout the coming months, as well as a yearlong fellowship for one local aspiring native filmmaker, who will be announced in early 2019.

Then at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building at Syracuse University, is a screening of “People of the Standing Stone,” a 25-minute documentary narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner, directed by award-winning documentarian Ric Burns and produced by the Oneida Indian Nation. The film gives voice to the Oneida people’s story of courage and generosity as they helped America forge its independence during the Revolutionary War. The screening is part of the Syracuse International Film Festival. Single program admission is $10.