Watch the Film That Earned an 18-Year-Old Director a Trip to the White House
Indian Country Today
Last Friday, Keanu Jones’ short film “Giving Back the Navajo Way” was one of 15 that screened in the 2015 White House Film Festival. Jones, an 18-year-old high school senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, was on hand at the screening, and got to meet President Obama and rub elbows with celebrities like actress Hilary Swank and director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).
“I’ve never really thought that making a simple three-minute film would even take me to the White House or to see Obama,” Jones told Cronkite News.
Below, you can see Jones’ film, which covers a number of topics, including caring for elders and water management; all 15 of the selections are viewable on the Festival’s page at the White House website.