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Jáaji Approx. (Short) / INAATE/SE/ [it Shines A Certain Way. To A Certain Place./it Flies. Falls./] (Feature)
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Jáaji Approx. (Short) / INAATE/SE/ [it Shines A Certain Way. To A Certain Place./it Flies. Falls./] (Feature)

Jáaji Approx.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 8 min. / Native Film
Directed by Sky Hopinka


SYNOPSIS: Audio recordings of the filmaker's father are juxtaposed with videos gathered of the landscapes the two separately traversed, question the relationships between between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song. Jáaji is a near translation for directly addressing a father in the Hočak language.


INAATE/SE/ [it Shines A Certain Way. To A Certain Place./it Flies. Falls./]

DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 68 min. / Native Film
Directed by Zack Khalil, Adam Khalil


SYNOPSIS: History is written by the victors, but this film reminds us that the history of the oppressed can still be saved from being extinguished. Native American video artists Adam and Zack Khalil reclaim the narrative of the Ojibway of Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from the archives and museums that would confine it to the past. Using personal interviews, animated drawings, performance, and provocative intercutting, the Khalil brothers’ feature debut makes a bold case for the Ojibway people to be their own storytellers—while seeking a cure for the damage inflicted by colonization—in a spiritual reconnection with tradition.

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Kids' Film Day at the Gilcrease - FREE
Oct
16
1:00 PM13:00

Kids' Film Day at the Gilcrease - FREE

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Iroquois Creation Story

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 17 min. / Native Film
Directed by Cathleen Ashworth


SYNOPSIS: Combining animation and dance, The Iroquois Creation Story tells the Haudenosaunee tale of Sky Woman and her Grandsons Flint and Sky Holder.


The Red Thunder

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 6 min.
Directed by Alvaro Ron


SYNOPSIS: Without permission, Sarah borrows her mother's car for the evening. The evening takes a turn for the unexpected when the car reveals the alter ego of Sarah's mom.


Moom

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 14 min.
Directed by Robert Kondo, Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi


SYNOPSIS: Have you ever wondered what happens to your forgotten objects? In this story, those objects with their 'memory' still attached end up rising from the waters of the magical lake.

This is the story of one of those memories stuck in this world. His name is Moom.


Eggventure

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 3 min.
Directed by Danielle Johnson


SYNOPSIS: A Penguin and a Polar Bear share love for the same egg.


Space Town

NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 5 min.
Directed by Mike Diliberto


SYNOPSIS: 200 years in the future, a teenage girl adjust to moving off of Earth to a small town that sits atop an asteroid.

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Homegrown: Local Shorts
Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

Homegrown: Local Shorts

The Nuclear Blasts from the Past

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NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 5 min. / Oklahoma Ties
Directed by Alex Allen, Drew Allen


SYNOPSIS: While the United States government preforms nuclear tests in the early '60s, three scientist are accidentally blasted forward in time to 2016, and must come to grips with the stark reality of the future.


BEANS

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 19 min. / Oklahoma Ties / Native Film
Directed by Mark D. Williams


SYNOPSIS: Peyton "Beans" Factor is just like every other kid, except that as an eight year old championship golfer she's already hit the radar of top college athletic programs.


I Like JD

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 3 min. / Oklahoma Ties
Directed by Nathan Poppe, Travis Tindell


SYNOPSIS: Why did Lorna Dixon travel more than 4,000 miles to see JD McPherson? This mini-doc follows the 26-year-old music enthusiast as she takes two trains, three planes and a cab ride to get from Corby, England, to Guthrie, Oklahoma just to see Broken Arrow’s JD McPherson perform live.


Samantha Crain

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 7 min. / Oklahoma Ties / Native Film
Directed by Allison Herrera, Jeremy Charles


SYNOPSIS: Samantha Crain's music is equal parts folksy Americana, social commentary, and storytelling.


Yes, We're Open

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NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 14 min. / Oklahoma Ties
Directed by Yousef Kazemi


SYNOPSIS: A story about an unlikely friendship between a convenience store owner and a shy, young girl.


La Mercancia

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NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 13 min. / Oklahoma Ties
Directed by Rogelio Almeida


SYNOPSIS: Bruno embarks on an unknown and dangerous journey to help his sister Mariana raise money for their ailing mother's much needed surgery.


Thespianism

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NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 4 min. / Oklahoma Ties

Directed by Brannon Bain


SYNOPSIS: Rivalry over an important role draws two Thespians into unexpected conflict.


Alma Avira

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NARRATIVE SHORT / Runtime: 12 min. / Oklahoma Ties / Native Film
Directed by Kyle Kauwika Harris


SYNOPSIS: A woman awaits the return of her husband, away at war.


Even in Death

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CATEGORY / Runtime: 11 min. / Oklahoma Ties
Directed by Zachary Davis


SYNOPSIS: Jonah, a young boy living in New Orleans is about to experience a loss in his family. Faced with grief, Jonah is visited by the Grim Reaper and is taken on a charming adventure through New Orleans.


Dig It If You Can

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CATEGORY / Runtime: 20 min. / Oklahoma Ties / Native Film
Directed by Kyle Bell


SYNOPSIS: The story behind the art of Steven Paul Judd.

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Te Ata - FREE
Oct
15
3:00 PM15:00

Te Ata - FREE

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NARRATIVE FEATURE / Runtime: 105 min. / Oklahoma Ties / Native Film
Directed by Nathan Frankowski


SYNOPSIS: Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.

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Bisonhead (Short) / Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist (Short) / What Was Ours (Feature) - FREE
Oct
15
12:30 PM12:30

Bisonhead (Short) / Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist (Short) / What Was Ours (Feature) - FREE

Bisonhead

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 9 min. / Native Film
Directed by Elizabeth Lo


SYNOPSIS: A family of Ponderai Native American hunters journey from northern Montana to Yellowstone National Park to assert their treaty right to hunt by participating in the controversial culling of the park’s wild bison.


Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 8 min. / Native Film
Directed by Augusta Lehman


SYNOPSIS: Throughout her career, artist Kay Walkingstick has defied categorization. Her work has spanned styles from abstraction to realism and materials from acrylic to saponified wax creating a complex assortment of work that resists summary and generalization.


What Was Ours

DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 89 min. / Native Film
Directed by Mat Hames


SYNOPSIS: A young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess travel from the Wind River Indian Reservation with a Shoshone elder to explore vanished artifacts kept in the archives of a museum. As the elder looks to the future, the young people look to the past to revive hope for their beloved home.

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The Thunderbird Over the Whale (Short) / In Attla's Tracks (Short) / Kivalina (Feature) - FREE
Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Thunderbird Over the Whale (Short) / In Attla's Tracks (Short) / Kivalina (Feature) - FREE

The Thunderbird Over the Whale

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 15 min. / Native Film
Directed by Nicole Acevedo


SYNOPSIS: Spencer McCarty is an artist working in Neah Bay Washington. An accident prevents him from fishing and whaling regularly as his ancestors once did. He has spent his life reconciling the teachings of his ancestors with the modern world he has found himself in, where whaling is not practiced.


In Attla's Tracks

DOCUMENTARY SHORT / Runtime: 22 min. / Native Film
Directed by Catharine Axley


SYNOPSIS: An aging legendary Alaska Native dogsled champion trains his grand-nephew to carry on a century-old tradition and compete in the world’s largest dogsled sprint race.


Kivalina

DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 65 min. / Native Film
Directed by Gina Abatemarco


SYNOPSIS: The Arctic, once a frozen and inaccessible landscape today is a highly coveted last frontier. KIVALINA tells the story of an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe whose island is disappearing into the Alaskan Arctic. With no resources to move and only a precarious sea wall to protect them, the film poetically explores the community's struggle to maintain their way of life within a landscape and a system that is failing them.

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