In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Sundance Institute and American Film Institute have partnered to present the Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab shorts. These five short films are products of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program's Native Filmmakers Lab, held annually in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The screening will be followed by a reception and a Q&A with filmmaker Erin Lau, who wrote and directed The Moon and the Night.
This event is free, but registration is required. Seating is first come, first served.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Moon and the Night
Directed and written by Erin Lau (Native Hawaiian)
In rural Hawai‘i, a teen is forced to confront her ex-convict father after he enters her beloved pet into a dogfight.
Directed and written by Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga/Wyandotte Nations)
The lives of a Native woman and nine-year-old boy intersect over the course of a school day on a reservation in Oklahoma.
Directed and written by Shane McSauby (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians)
A trans Anishinaabe man meets a young Anishinaabe woman who pushes him to reconnect with their culture.
Directed and written by Shaandiin Tome (Diné-Navajo)
On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture.
I Am Thy Weapon
Directed and written by Razelle Benally (Diné-Navajo/Oglala Lakota)
A young, artistic Navajo woman relives memories of her deceased sister, which in turn help her heal and battle against the modern-day adversities of reservation life.