Film and Television

Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour 

Through June 30, 2021

The Autry in Griffith Park

Free Virtual Screening with Registration

About the Event

The 2021 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is an 85-minute virtual program of seven short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers selected from recent editions of the Sundance Film Festival. Presented in partnership with museums, Native cultural centers, and arthouse cinemas, this exciting new offering curated by the Institute’s Indigenous Program will feature fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental works from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what Indigenous filmmakers have to offer. The Festival's Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented Indigenous directors, such as past alumni Taika Waititi, Blackhorse Lowe, Sterlin Harjo, Sky Hopinka, Caroline Monnet, and Shaandiin Tome.


This Is the Way We Rise (2021) | Ciara Lacy (Native Hawaiian) 
An exploration into the creative process, following native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her art is reinvigorated by her calling to protect sacred sites atop Mauna Kea, Hawai'i. 
The Fourfold (2020) | Alisi Telengut 
An exploration of indigenous worldview and wisdom from Mongolia and Siberia. With hand-crafted imagery, it is a testament of reclaiming animism for planetary health and non-human materialities. 
Fainting Spells (2018) | Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) 
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska, or the Indian Pipe Plant—used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.
Little Chief (2020) | Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga) 
It's just another typical day at a rural elementary school on a reservation in Oklahoma. Little Chief, the school’s mascot, appears faded on the walls as a proud symbol of a rich and complicated history. It’s a world that is stacked against them, but Sharon, an exhausted teacher, shows up each day to guide her 5th grade students through it.  
Lichen (2019) | Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe) 
This stunning otherworldly short film takes a deep dive into lichen, a species that confounds scientists to this day. Shot in macro 3D, ​Lichen offers us a look at this remarkable life form and asks what we might learn from it. Ancient and diverse, both an individual and a community, lichens can live in the most extreme environments, including outer space. This meditative film bridges science and philosophy, and the words of lichenologist Trevor Goward illuminate the terrain in poetic and thought-provoking ways. 
Now Is the Time (2019) | Christopher Auchter (Haida) 
When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he carved the first new totem pole on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969, when the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit. 
Fast Horse (2018) | Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree) 
Follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand racers and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.