Sundance Institute Indigenous Shorts + Dear Georgina

A new collaboration between Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program and Art House Convergence (AHC), a North American coalition of community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, was announced by Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Director N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache) at the Toronto International Film Festival. The collaboration will bring six Indigenous short films from Sundance Institute Fellows to select AHC theaters in North America during November’s annual celebration of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

Birds in the Earth 
Run time: 11 minutes
Directed by: Marja Helander (Sámi)
Examining the deeper questions of the ownership of the Sami land through the ballet performances of two young dancers.

Fainting Spells
Run time: 10 minutes
Directed by: Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño)
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

Jáaji Approx.
Run time: 8 minutes,
Directed by: Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño)
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.

My Father’s Tools
Run time 7 minutes
Directed by: Heather Condo (Mi’gmaq)
Stephen continues producing traditional baskets to honor his father and thus finds peace in his studio as he connects with the man who taught him the craft.

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk 
Run time: 4 minutes
Directed by: Eva Kaukai (Inuit) and Manon Chamberland (Inuit)
Eva and Manon practice the art of throat singing in the small village of Kangirsuk, in their native Arctic land. Interspliced with footage of the four seasons of Kangirsuk by Johnny Nassak.

Shiinaab Part II
Run time: 8 minutes
Directed by: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians)

Dear Georgina
Run time: 15 minutes
Directed by:  Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
At age two, Georgina Sappier-Richardson was removed from her home and Passamaquoddy community in downeast Maine by child protection services. She would never see her parents again. Dear Georgina follows this Passamaquoddy elder from Motahkomikuk as she tries to fill in the blurry outlines of her identity. Now a grandmother Georgina attempts to re-integrate herself into the community she barely knew. Dear Georgina is a follow-up to the Emmy® award-winning feature documentary Dawnland. 
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Dear Georgina Trailer from Upstander Project on Vimeo.

About Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program
The Indigenous Program champions Indigenous independent storytelling artists through residency labs, fellowships, public programming, and a year-round continuum of creative, financial, and tactical support. The Program conducts outreach and education to identify a new generation of Indigenous voices, connecting them with opportunities to develop their storytelling projects, and bringing them and their work back to Indigenous lands. At its core, the Program seeks to inspire self-determination among Indigenous filmmakers and communities by centering Indigenous people in telling their own stories.



Show Times

  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
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$9 general admission
$7 for members and students w/ valid i.d.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Konkel Family Welcome Center, online, or by calling 207-775-6148.

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