ArcLight Cinemas - La Jolla, San Diego, CA
American Indian Tract (1hr 19 min)
From a super hero brought to life by a grandfather to a father and son reconnecting, to the darkest corners of American History, these short films tell authentic stories of Native American life.
Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS FOLLOWING SCREENING
Director: Molly Katagiri
Cast: Ethan Engberg, Saginaw Grant, Aaricka Carlson, Stephanie Thompson, Curtis Gokee
Synopsis: Twelve year-old Rabbit spends most of his days, drawing, collecting comics, and avoiding the teasing of his peers. Insecure and shy, Rabbit dreads dancing in the upcoming powwow and begins to draw Waabooz, a superhero that embodies his desired self; bold and unafraid. Through traditional storytelling, imagination and a little magic, Rabbit’s mysterious Grandfather helps bring Waabooz to life.
Director: Ty Coughenour
Producers: Ty Coughenour, Jess Grant
Cast: Ben Leiataua, Hunter Eller, Drew Highlands, Peter Wiant, George Black Crow
Synopsis: A father tries to rekindle a relationship with his 9-year- old son while he watches over him for the Summer on a rural ranch in Washington state. While trying to connect, the two of them encounter an unforeseen threat that can end both of their lives.
In the Beginning was Water and Sky
Director: Ryan Ward
Producer: Mackenzie Gruer
Cast: Norma-Sue Hill, Shohnáhose Davin Bomberry, Carter Simon, Jenna Rose Clause, James Levesque, Harrison Stewart, Cheryl De Luca
Synopsis: A haunting and visually stunning fairytale that blends fantasy and real life events. Two Native American children navigate the dark corners of American history trying to find their way back to a home that may be lost forever.
Director: Sean Meehan
Producer: Sam McGarry
Cast: Martin Dubreuil, Gerald Auger, Morris Birdyellowhead
Synopsis: Russian America. The mid 1800’s. Fur thief Subienkow must think fast to escape the terrible, protracted death that awaits him. He calls over the chief, Makamuk, and begins to bargain...
Director: Douglas Cushnie
Producer: Shanshan Sun
Cast: Nitzia Chama, Andoni Gracia
Synopsis: Early 1800's: Isadora, an Indigenous Californian (Gabrielino/Tongva) woman, faces a battle to survive after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised. She's helped by Domingo, a Franciscan friar, on the journey to bring her to a Native village where she can finally be safe.