Program 11 - Thursday November 9

When
Thu Nov 9
Where
Brava Theater Center
Time
12:00 PM
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Shaman 
DIRECTOR: ECHO HENOCHE
ANIMATED SHORT • 5 MINUTES • CANADA
Echo Henoche’s first animated short film, Shaman, recounts the legend of a polar bear that’s transformed into an iconic mountain in the community of Nain, Labrador. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.














The Theft of Fire 
DIRECTOR: DESIREE WALKER
ANIMATED SHORT • 2 MINUTES • USA
"The Theft of Fire" is a short animation adapted from the Yokut story as told by Bill White and Captain Charlie among Chukchansi natives. The printed version of the story in which this animation is derived from can be found in A. L. Kroeber's book, "Indian Myths of South Central California."














??????? ?? ???? (Uktena and Thunder)
DIRECTOR: Joseph Erb
ANIMATED SHORT • 9 minutes  • USA
This story is a very old Cherokee story. Long ago, two boys feed a small starving snake. It grows up to be a large Uktena that fights Thunder.














Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing
DIRECTOR: NADIA MIKE
ANIMATED SHORT • 5 MINUTES • CANADA
Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing is a story of two unlikely friends--a lemming and an Arctic hare--that decide to spend the day together ice fishing.  The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic.  This is contrasted with the well-meaning, but impatient Arctic rabbit.  This is a fun, educational story that shows how important it is to be kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.














Dreamweaver
DIRECTOR: CHERYL BRIGGS, KATHERINE RYSCHKEWITSCH, ERICH SCHULZ
ANIMATED SHORT • 7 MINUTES • USA














>>WORLD PREMIERE
The Boy from Toksook Bay
DIRECTOR: DANNY DELEON
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 10 MINUTES • USA
Interview with Byron Nicholai, a native Alaskan Yup'ik Singer, who has traveled the United States singing his traditional songs. He has performed for former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama.













Soup for My Brother
DIRECTOR: TERRY JONES
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 11 MINUTES • USA
Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss.
This documentary was filmed entirely on the Seneca Nation Territory which is located 50 miles south of Niagara Falls.



















Metal Road
DIRECTOR: SARAH DEL SERONDE
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 27 MINUTES • USA
For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman. The film follows three Navajo railroaders from the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang as they leave their homeland to replace aging railroad tracks from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean under extreme weather conditions.
Not unlike other oppressed peoples, Native Americans share a long history of working the least desirable and most dangerous jobs to build the country’s infrastructure. And as with the Mohawk high-steel ironworkers who built the skyscrapers in Manhattan, these are team jobs that require cohesive work if they are to avoid dire consequences. Navajo railroad workers, after many generations, continue today to move across the American landscape to provide for their families.



















>>WORLD PREMIERE
Tribal Radio
DIRECTOR: SEAN OWEN
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 21 MINUTES • USA
There are over 35 tribal radio stations scattered throughout the United States on Native American reservations that serve their local communities. They provide a source of traditional tribal music, announcements of ceremonies, community news, personal messages, weather warnings, local sports events, and national native news. Often the stations are manned by a few professionals and volunteers operating on a shoe string budget that is dependent on fund raising and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Tribal Radio” tells the story of the KSUT radio station that is located, in the four corners region, on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Through glimpses into the operations of KSUT tribal radio and its unique connection to the community, tribal activities, and ceremonies (like the Bear Dance and Sundance) it shows the value of Native stations throughout the country. Connecting the announcements and programs to the actual events through video “Tribal Radio” reveals the importance of KSUT to its listeners.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in turn Tribal Radio stations are often threatened with being defunded. Defunding would cause many Native communities to go dark and the loss of their voices throughout the country. Given the political environment of the present, it is all important to understand the value of local tribal radio stations to the communities that they serve! 













She Is Water
DIRECTOR: DARLENE NAPONSE
LIVE SHORT • 13 MINUTES • CANADA
Mary, an Ojibway teenager is taken by a stranger after a day out with her friends. She returns to Mother Earth and the Natural World seeks retribution.














>>WORLD PREMIERE
Tapun Sa Win
DIRECTOR: SANDRA PRATT
LIVE SHORT • 16 MINUTES • USA 
This is the traditional Dakota legend of beautiful Tapun Sa Win, a human Dakota woman who married Star Man of the Sky People.













>>WORLD PREMIERE
Appalachia
DIRECTOR: PETER LILLY
LIVE SHORT • 15 MINUTES • CANADA
1758, British Colonies. During the French and Indian War, a half-Abenaki man quickly finds himself caught between two rapidly shifting worlds when he journeys into the wilderness with a deranged and deceitful frontiersman.













Mannahatta
DIRECTOR: ALBERT B. KAHN
LIVE SHORT • 13 MINUTES • USA
A Native American man from the seventeenth century finds himself mysteriously transported to modern-day Manhattan. How will he get home?














>>WORLD PREMIERE
Sleepwalk
DIRECTOR: ANDREW CHUNG
LIVE SHORT • 15 MINUTES • CANADA
Alicia sleepwalks. Her husband, Bernard, takes care of her when she does. But one night, he finds her urinating in the kitchen. The next morning, Alicia’s remorse is palpable. However, Bernard can’t seem to shake his growing frustration. As the days pass, the sleepwalking continues. In her latest spell, Bernard notices Alicia is unusually affectionate. Strangely, he embraces it. Until one fateful night, she calls Bernard by another man’s name. He confronts her, and she reveals that he was a deceased lover. The next time she sleepwalks, Bernard still basks in her affection that is clearly for another man. He realizes he’d rather sleepwalk through their marriage than lose her entirely.













>>WORLD PREMIERE
Fence
DIRECTOR: ALEXIS FORTIER GAUTHIER
LIVE SHORT • 9 MINUTES • CANADA
An indigenous artist presents his work at a viewing in the city. Overcoming the feeling he is instrumentalized by the well-intentioned gallery owner, he sparks interest in potential buyers. He returns to his community, proud to have proven his talent. 













Kâ-têpwêt
DIRECTOR: ISABELLE PERRON BLANCHETTE
LIVE SHORT • 14 MINUTES • CANADA
It has been 5 months since Doneltia, one of Elphinyne’s children, has disappeared. Elphinyne blames herself. One morning, she decides to leave everything. She walks Saskatchewan roads for months and she meets Sanny. Sanny and her will organized a walk in memory of the missing women.














The Roundhouse
DIRECTOR: THERESA WARBUS
LIVE SHORT • 10 MINUTES • CANADA
An Aboriginal girl faces her identity and has to make some tough decisions about who she is and who she ultimately wants to be.














Consume 
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL PETERSON
LIVE SHORT • 20 MINUTES • CANADA
Inspired by true events, residential school survivor Jacob Wematim (Julian Black Antelope), struggles to hang onto his family, land and identity as his personal demons threaten to manifest in the form of the Wendigo spirit (Wilma Pelly) and take it all away.














Rae
DIRECTOR: DEVERY JACOBS
LIVE SHORT • 10 MINUTES • CANADA
Seven-year-old Rae looks forward to the birthday party her mother promised, but as the day continues, Rae watches as the voices in her mother’s head begin to overtake her and Rae must confront her mother’s mental illness as the responsibilities of parenting get reversed.  














>>WORLD PREMIERE
Chainsaw by Leonard Sumner
DIRECTOR: DIETER BEARDY
MUSIC VIDEO • 5 MINUTES • CANADA
Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter Leonard Sumner's storytelling flows directly from the shores of Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in the heart of the Interlake of Manitoba.  Sumner's self-determined sound is evidence of his ability to simultaneously occupy landscapes of multiple musical genres including; Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Country, and Rhythm and Blues. With every vibration of the strings on his guitar, Leonard rattles the dust off truths that have been buried for far too long. On stage he poetically sings awake the consciousness of audiences may have been unaware of their slumber. In this era of unsettling history and healing wounds of the past, Sumner's music is an expression of medicine that walks the line between fortitude and fragility. 














My Soul Remainer
DIRECTOR: NANOBAH BECKER
MUSIC VIDEO • 6 MINUTES • USA
Laura Ortman was inspired by her adopted grandmother to learn violin at a very young age and when she excelled with her playing she was invited to join the St. Louis Youth Symphony. After graduation from the University of Kansas with a BFA Laura immediately moved to New York City to begin her art career. She started out as an installation and performance artist; but with her talent and skill at music, she began recording her own compositions in her apartment on a simple 4-track cassette tape recorder. This artistic evolution changed her focus from a visual artist to a musician.




Sweet Grass/Water is Life
DIRECTOR: Art Zuniga
MUSIC VIDEO • 3 minutes • USA
Miracle Dolls is a Rock Alternative Indie band from Southern California. The band is a trio fronted by twin sisters Danny Doll and Dezy Doll. The name “Miracle Dolls” came from a dream their mother had. Main influences include Weezer, Rancid, Green Day and The Pixies just to name a few. Miracle Dolls write their own lyrics and scores.

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