Native films showing at Sundance Festival
By BROOKS ADDICOTT
Condensed by Native Village
The Sundance Film
Festival has announced it's line-up for the 2010
festival's Native Forum . The selected films competed on a global scale against 10,000 film submissions. They
are either written, directed or produced by Native
American, Maori, Aboriginal & Inuit filmmakers.
US DRAMATIC COMPETITION
The Dry Land
screenwriter: Ryan Piers Williams
Produced by Heather Rae (Cherokee)
After he returns home, a U.S. soldier
tries to reconcile his war experiences with
the life and family he left behind.
Cast: America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Ethan Suplee, June Diane Raphael, Melissa Leo.
|WORLD CINEMA, DRAMATIC COMPETITION
From New Zealand.
Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi (Te Whanau Apanui)
Co-Producer: Merata Mita (Ngati Pikiao, Ngai te Rangi)
When his father returns home after many years away, 11-year-old Boy and his little brother Rocky must reconcile reality with the fantasy dad they created in their imagination.
Cast: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone. World Premiere Produced by Ainsley Gardiner (Te-Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Awa) & Cliff Curtis (Ngati Hauiti, Te Arawa)
Directors: Otto Rosing and Torben Bech
Screenwriter: Torben Bech
Produced by Mikisoq H. Lynge (Inuit)
A young man’s journey through Greenland's natural landscape allows him to piece together elements of his past and move on with his life.
Cast: Lars Rosing, Angunnguaq Larsen, Julie Berthelsen, Morten Rose, Makka Kleist, Mariu
Olsen. World Premiere
Bran Nue Dae
Director: Rachel Perkins (Arrernte/Kalkadoon
Screenwriters: Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins,
and Jimmy Chi
In 1965, a young man is filled with the life of fishing
and hanging out with his mates and his girl.
Cast: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Rush, Ernie Dingo.
The Killer Inside Me
From the USA.
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Screenwriter: John Curran
World Premiere Executive Producer: Chad Burris (Chickasaw Nation)
Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of
his Texas community until he starts killing people.
Cast: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Simon Baker, Elias Koteas.
|SHORT FILM COMPETITION
From the USA
Director and screenwriter: Blackhorse Lowe (Diné)
Produced by Heather Rae (Cherokee), Nanobah Becker (Diné) & Chad Burris (Chickasaw Nation) -
Mary Jane must decide if she wants to
remain with her Navajo Grandmother and the
traditional reservation life, or go
out into the larger world.
Directors: Paul Raphael and Félix Lajeunesse
Screenwriters: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Tanya Tagaq (Inuit) and Stéphane Rituit
Executive Producer: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit)
The seal-hunt and what it means to the traditional way of life for the Inuit. http://sundance.bside.com/2010/films/tungijuq–sundance2010