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February 2010 Volume 4

Native films showing at Sundance Festival
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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. 



The Dry Land
Director and 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.–sundance2010


 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)–sundance2010

 From Greenland.  
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–sundance2010


Bran Nue Dae

 From Australia.   
Director: Rachel Perkins (Arrernte/Kalkadoon Nations)
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.–sundance2010

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.–sundance2010

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.–sundance2010


 From Canada.
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.–sundance2010

Octopus Graphics: Heathers Animations

Part 1: Artist Seeks Powwow Dancer Who Inspired Mural
Part 2: Artist Finally Locates Native Performer from 1991 Powwow Featured in Portrait
Russian Skaters' Aborigine Theme Causes Outcry
 Native Films Showing at Sundance


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Cherokee National Youth Choir Release Entertaining, Educational CD

Lelani Munter's Gree Team Roars on to Daytona


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