Fall 2016 FNFVF Films!


#stillhere (01:20)
Short Video Art piece which challenges traditional representations of Indigenous people as being trapped in the past.

Desmond Hassing Choctaw of Oklahoma


Corrina’s Letter (02:17)
The film is a re-enactment of a letter submitted for the project. Tomahawk calls out for letters on Indigenous Peoples Day on Alcatraz and takes them to be read aloud at the Columbus Statue at Coit Tower, San Francisco.

Tomahawk Greyeyes, Dineh


Alma Avira (08:08)
“A woman awaits the return of her husband as he is away at war.”

Kyle Harris, Choctaw


The Foreverlands (26:55)
“A drifter (Ace Denison) finds more than he bargained for when he meets the eccentric Henry Bonneville upon the road. Past and destiny soon collide when Ace realizes that supernatural occurrences are at play and souls at stake, and the mantic Henry Bonneville may or may not be the devil.”

Kyle Kauwika Harris, Choctaw


Never Give Up (08:43)
Although the state of Oklahoma has one of the largest prison systems in the US, it provides released prisoners with little post-incarceration support. Many struggle to find their way on the ―outside and are eventually re-incarcerated. In the early 2000s, the Muscogee Creek Nation set out to tackle this problem. The Nation’s Reintegration Program works with tribal citizens before and after they leave prison, paying attention to everything from jobs and housing to counseling and spiritual needs.

Sterlin Harjo, Muscogee Creek Nation


JAAT SDIIHLYL’LXA Woman Who Returns (10:00)
In order to become a member of her Haida clan, an Edmonton woman must first sew a traditional blanket with her grandmother.

Heather Hatch, Haida Gwaii


Give and Take (14:39)
“Give and Take” is a story about Chris Green (Rick Kolceski), a linguistic anthropologist who wants to record indigenous songs for his research. When Chris arrives at a nearby reservation to meet with a community elder, an American Indian trickster (Awenheeyoh Powless) lures him into the forest. “Give and Take” was filmed on the Onondaga Nation Territory in central New York State.

Terry Jones, Govind Deecee, Erin Perkins
Terry Jones, Seneca Nation of Indians


Soup For My Brother (10:14)
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.

Terry Jones, Seneca Nation of Indians


[untitled & unlabeled] (03:27)
Ever been told you were different when all you were doing was being you? This personal piece explores how it feels to be labeled “other”.

Terry Jones, Seneca Nation of Indians


INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] (01:11:00)
Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s new film re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

Adam Khalil & Zack Khalil, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians


HONOR RIDERS (01:45:15)
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle. The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free. This is their legacy….

Ralphina Hernandez, Navajo


kiskisiwin | remembering (06:14)
A young Métis historian takes down Canadian pioneer mythology, with a very personal account of the impacts that version of history has had in his life. In Kiskisiwin, a jingle dress dancer, an 1850s blacksmith, and a troop of defiant urban Indians assert Toronto as Treaty Land and a very contemporary Indigenous space.

Martha Stiegman, Cree & Métis


What if….You Had To Choose? (07:14)
A politician and his family get abducted in broad daylight. The politician has a choice to make. No matter what he choses, the outcome is less than desirable.

Chris Basso & Glenn Spillman
Glenn Spillman, Choctaw


Deadpool & Black Panther: The Gauntlet (29:00)
Superheroes Deadpool and Black Panther team up to battle Taskmaster in this Marvel based Fan Film.

Garrett H. Dumas, Blackfoot and Cherokee


Family of Sorrow (10:29)
A Sister and Brother decide to rob a bookmaker and family man to help their family through a financial crisis.

Kiefer Friday, Weenusk first Nation


Our Sisters In Spirit (35:00)
Our Sisters in Spirit explores the question of calling a national public inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women & girls in Canada or whether there may be a better approach.

Nick Printup, Onondaga & Algonquin


Ohero:kon: Under the Husk (26:46)
“Ohero:kon – Under the Husk” is a 26 min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.

Katsitsionni Fox, Mohawk


Project Eagle Feather: When They Took The Children (51:47)
Project Eagle Feather: When They Took The Children features First Nation documentation of unheard stories aimed to encourage the legacy of First Nations storytelling by sharing life experiences previously untold. First-hand testimonials articulate the way in which the residential school system so impacted generations of First Nations peoples. This project starts from the beginning of human life, to the state of the world today, and carries a beautiful visual representation of the hope and beauty that lies in our future.

Tammy Lynne Elder, Ojibwa Native, from the Nippissing First Nations


Kaeyas Msek Oskeken (35:53)
A Young Menominee woman begins to see whatever true passion is at the end of her junior year. The audience is taken on a journey as youth and elders walk to protect and honor the sacred water during the Menominee River Water Walk.

Reynaldo Morales and Cherie Thunder
Cherie Thinder, Menominee of Wisconsin, Renaldo Morales, Quechua of Peru


Total Runtime: 07:44:21

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We hope you support our latest TeeSpring campaigns, though we are a 501c3 non-profit institute we do not rely heavily on corporate, foundation, or government grants, because we feel that adhering to such funding, pushes us into a corporate structure that is adverse to our grassroots, social justice organizing.
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Even if we do not secure funding, we STILL work hard to have our festivals because for almost our entire history, the FNFVF has operated in such a way. Our grassroots efforts are a reflection of our Native culture, and we are happy to do this for the Native directors out there who are not getting their films seen in any other capacity.

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I have never taken a salary for the work I have done in all my years of directing the festival, because I feel that the funding we do get is put to better use putting on the festivals. All of the work I do is voluntary because I believe so much in our mission to promote Native American filmmakers of all skill levels and to find them appropriate venues for their works. So, we hope you are able to help out. Thank you once again, for all of your support through all these year.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
FNFVF Inc. Director/Festival Director