Oneida Nation, Sundance collaborate on Native film series


A series of six short films by Native American film makers along with a Q&A session by one director, Shaandiin Tome, a Dine woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Sundance Institute fellow. The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The screening is part of a collaboration announced Sept. 19 by the Oneida Nation and the Sundance Institute, the non-profit organization founded by actor and director Robert Redford to support creative people in film, theater, film composing, storytelling and emerging platforms. 

The screening is included in the official program of the Syracuse Film Festival Oct. 10-14.

The films shown Oct. 13:


Director: Shaandiin Tome, Dine

Synopsis:  On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family and culture.

Run time:  10 minutes


Director: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Synopsis: A young Anishinaabe man struggles with his place in the inner city of Minneapolis.

Run time:  8 minutes


Director: Michelle Latimer, Metis/Algonquin

Synopsis: The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region, and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime and sex trafficking.

Run time: 13 minutes

The Violence of A civilization without secrets

Director:  Adam Khalil / Zach Khalil, Ojibway & Jackson Polys, Tlingit

Synopsis: An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the “Kennewick Man,” a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick Washington, in 1996.

Run time: 10 minutes

Jaaji Approx.

Director: Sky Hopinka, Ho-Chunk/Pechanga

Synopsis: Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio  of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song. 

Run time: 8 minutes


Director: Billy Luther, Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo

Synopsis: alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail as she develops her latest collection inspired by her art, activism, and indigenous women.

Run time: 17 ½ minutes


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