Native Shorts presented by Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program Series 1

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“Native Shorts presented by Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program” is a series that will feature short films produced, premiered or showcased at the Sundance Film Festival through its Native American and Indigenous Program, followed by a brief discussion with hosts Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater.

Episodes

1. Ebony Society

24min

Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater discuss Maori director Tammy Davis’s film “Ebony Society” in which two boys learn a lesson while out stealing.

2. Gesture Down / Tungijuq

27min

Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto discuss two short films. “Gesture Down” – A Kumeyaay Indian man seeks to reconnect with his culture. “Tungijuq” – Animal spirits live on through sustained life cycles.

3. Wapawekka

25min

A Cree hip hop artist is disconnected from his native traditions. Short film discussion by Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.

4. The Cave / Choke

28min

Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto view and discuss the inter-dimensional fantasy short film “The Cave” and the stop-motion animated short film “Choke”.

5. Shimisani

24min

Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto showcase and discuss the short film “Shimasani” by Blackhorse Lowe.

6. The Rocket Boy

25min

Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater discus the beautifully shot short film “The Rocket Boy” in which a young native boy misses his father.

7. Sikumi

25min

An altercation claims more than one life as a man must make a decision that will affect a close friend and his family. Host discussion by Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.

8. Goodnight Irene

27min

Hosts Ariel Tweto and Bird Runningwater discuss a short film in which, a pair of young men reconnect with their culture through interactions with an elder in a hospital waiting room. An altercation claims more than one life as a man must make a decisilose friend and his family. Host discussion by Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.

9. Memory

25min

On the one year anniversary of her brother’s death, a young Native American girl receives an unexpected visit form an oblivious and troubled elder. Bird Running water and Ariel Tweto offer insight and a discussion.

10. Ok Breathe Auralee

25min

Yearning to be a mother, a Native American woman living in an urban city is torn between having a child with her non-native boyfriend and seeking a Native father. Showcase and discussion with Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto.

11. Red Buffalo Sky Dive & Two Cars One Night

26min

Bird and Ariel showcase and discuss the experimental film Red Buffalo Skydive & the 2005 Oscar nominated film Two Cars One Night.

12. Stones

28min

Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto discuss a Hawaiian film surrounding the legend of the MU - Hawaii’s first inhabitants.