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International Day of Indigenous Peoples
August 9

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world. The date commemorates the first United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations meeting in Geneva in 1982.

“We encourage you to observe this day by deepening your understanding of Indigenous issues around the world, listening to Indigenous voices, and reflecting on the vital achievements and contributions that Indigenous Peoples make to the world, including how their leadership and stewardship creates a more sustainable and healthy world for us all.” Cultural Survival

For some ideas link here.

United Nations Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

“The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation & Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”
Tuesday, August 9, 9:00 am EDT - 11:00 am EDT

The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing a virtual commemoration of the 2022 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples focusing on this year’s theme: “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”. Indigenous Peoples, Member States, UN entities, civil society, and the public are all invited.

The virtual event will include an interactive dialogue segment with invited speakers, moderated by Rosemary Lane, Acting Chief of the Indigenous Peoples Development Branch, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Speakers will share their expertise from their communities in preserving, reviving, retaining, and transmitting traditional ancestral knowledge--for sustainable climate solutions, use of natural resources, protection of biodiversity, food security, native languages and culture, and Indigenous science and medicine. Some of the questions to be discussed are:

  • What is the unique position of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge?
  • What are some of the brightest examples of indigenous women-led processes in solving contemporary global issues through the effective application of traditional scientific knowledge?
  • How are indigenous languages crucial to the development, preservation, and transmission of indigenous cultural and knowledge systems? How are women leading the way in maintaining indigenous languages?
  • What was the effect of applying indigenous scientific knowledge and medicine in alleviating the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemiologic crisis?

To register link here. 


BlackStar Film Festival

August 3 - 7. Tickets. Hybrid. Online internationally. In-person in Philadelphia

BlackStar Projects, the premier organization celebrating visionary Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and media artists, The 2022 BlackStar Film Festival features 76 films representing 27 countries, including 16 World, 8 North America, 8 US and 12 East Coast premieres.

The programs include short films with Indigenous directors from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and US:

  • Osho (What They’ve Been Taught) by Brit Hensel
  • Teine Sā-The Ancient One by multiple directors
  • Pili K’a Moo by Justyn Ah Chong
  • Pi’ikii/Hula (Bird) by Cian Elyse White, Joshua Manyheads
  • The Fourfold by Alisi Telengut
  • Ājāi: The Headball Game of the Myky and Manoki by Typju Myky, André Lopes
  • Woman of the Earth (Mujer de Tierra) by Evelyn Mercedes Muñoz-Marroquin
  • Anakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice by Zacharias Kunuk

Mimesis Documentary Festival

Aug 2 - 14. Tickets. Hybrid. Online: August 2 - 14. in-person in Boulder, Colorado: August 2 - 7

The Mimesis Documentary Festival is an artist-focused event encompassing short, feature, and expanded nonfiction ranging from traditional, experimental, ethnographic, and regional documentary. We focus on personal, underrepresented, and culturally specific subjects that offer the most profound experiences of art made from life.

Included in the section “Horizones” are two short films exploring Indigenous themes:

Ajjigiingiluktaaqtugut (We Are All Different) Canada. What does it mean to be Inuk?  Using layered techniques the filmmaker asks what it means to belong in a changing world when ideas of Ink-ness are so tied to particular, and rigid, representations.

Requerimiento Switzerland. Andrea Bordoli. The requerimiento was a declaration by the Spanish monarchy of Castile's divine right to take possession of the New World's territories and to subjugate, exploit and, if necessary, fight the native inhabitants. The film explores the aesthetics of a mythological time and its archetypical creatures and materialities.

PBS Short Film Festival 2022: "Stories that Stick"

Free. Online.

The PBS Short Film Festival is part of a multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country and to amplify the voices of diverse content creators. Short films with Indigenous content and creators (for more, see “Reading About” below), selected from Vision Maker Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications and Black Public Media are:

Ala Moana Boys Keli’I Grace. Blamed for a crime they did not commit, five young men in 1930s Hawai'i must consider their futures and their families as they weigh the consequences of taking action. The film adapts some of the events around Honolulu’s infamous Massie Trials in the 1930s. 

Ka Ho’I (The Return) Mitchell Viernes. An aging Hawaiian war veteran grapples with the nightmares of his past and the even scarier thought of being forgotten. One night he hears a familiar voice calling him from the beach, and what he encounters is beyond anything he could have imagined.

Kàntan Hereru--A Blacksmith’s Song Sean Lizama. A film celebrating the late Chamoru Master blacksmith Francisco “Corned Beef” Cruz Lizama, by his son. Lizama tells stories from his past and experts discuss the role the craft played once in Guam.

Osage Murders Dan Bigbee. Tells the story of how the Osage became known as the wealthiest people in the world during an oil boom on their reservation, and then the practices used to rob them. 

Ma’s House Jeremy Dennis. Contemporary photographer Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) explores the evolution of Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, an artist retreat and communal art space on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, New York.

ADIFF-DC/African Diaspora International Film Festival in DC

August 5 - 10. Tickets. Hybrid. Online in MD, VA, DC: August 6 - 10. In-person in Washington, DC: Aug 5 - 7

Online. In-person on August 6

Loimata, the Sweetest Tears Aotearoa/New Zealand. Anna Marbrook. English and Samoan with English subtitles. Honoring the last voyage of waka maker, sailor and mentor Ema Siope, whose journeys between Aotearoa and Sāmoa in search of healing, and her family’s reckoning with systemic abuse, are powerfully documented. Winner, Best Documentary, NZTV Awards.


Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival 
& Travers la Tempête: National Media Arts Gathering

August 10 - 14. Tickets. In-person in Ottawa, Ontario

This year’s festivities include an outdoor film screening, a festival-curated art exhibition, screenings of over 50 Indigenous films, a music showcase, and the second edition of our groundbreaking 2-Spirit Ball.

Wednesday, August 10. Opening Night. Outdoor Screening

Slash / Back Narrative feature (Horror). Canada Nyla Innuksuk. In English, Inuktitut with English subtitles. In a remote Arctic community, a group of Inuit girls fight off an alien invasion, all while trying to make it to the coolest party in town

Thursday August 11, 1 pm - 11 pm EDT

Vento Na Fronteira/The Wind Blows the Border Documentary feature. Brazil. Marina Weis, Laura Faerman. The film follows the struggle of the Guarani-Kaiowa people for their lands against the entrenched wealthy ranchers who now claim large tracts of land in the region of the Mato Grosso do Sul. Winner, Hot Docs Special Jury Prize for International Documentary Feature.

In addition, three programs of short films are screening--land and culture documentaries, experimental shorts and short documentaries curated by Wayuu filmmaker and activist David Hernandez Palmar.

Friday, August 12, 1 pm  11 pm EDT

Portraits from a Fire Narrative feature. Canada. Taylor Mack. Tyler (William Magnus Lulua), an amateur filmmaker living with his father on a Tsilhqotʼin reserve in northern British Columbia, finds his life upended when he young stranger (Asivik Koostachin) encourages him to undertake a project that leads to a long-hidden family secret.

A Winter Love Narrative feature. US. Rhianna Yazzie. Blue, a Navajo singer-songwriter ,has lost her creative spark until she meets a guy--younger, Lakota, law school dropout--who may not be all he seems. The film is a modern day, inter-tribal love story that shows true love is found in the season you love yourself. Today includes the screening of the feature Seven Ridges, and programs of short dramas, quirky late night shorts, and Mana Wairoa Maori Pasifika shorts.

Art Exhibition Opening at Gallery 101 Featuring media artists Antonio Catrileo (Mapuche), Manuel Carrión Lira(Pikunche), Jason Baerg (Métis). With Artist Talk, DJ, Cash bar.

Saturday, August 13: The Music Showcase and Two-Spirit Ball

Asinabka’s immersive performance arts experience includes the second edition of the festivals’ groundbreaking 2-Spirit Ball, dedicated to an Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIA+ space. The Music Showcase, bringing together diverse Indigenous artists and genres, such as The Bannock Babes, Quanah Style, 2-Spirit Drum and Dioganhdih.

Sunday, August 13, 1pm - 9:45 pm EDT

Bootlegger Narrative feature. Canada. Caroline Monnet. Mani (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs), a law student, returns to the Anishnaabe reserve in northern Quebec where she grew up. Her painful past resurfaces. Resolved to reintegrate into the community, she gets involved in the debate around a referendum on allowing the free sale of alcohol on the reserve. Opposing forces quickly divide the community into two sides who face each other to determine the best path to independence.

Run Woman Run Narrative feature. Canada. Zoe Leigh Hopkins. Beck (Dakota Ray Hebert) is a single mom who learns how to reclaim her health, dreams, and family, all thanks to the ghost of the legendary Onondaga long distance runner, Tom Longboat. (Asavik Koostachin).

In addition three programs of shorts are screening--animation & family friendly shorts, short docs on issues, and portraits.

Travers la Tempête: National Media Arts Gathering
A gathering of media arts culture workers, begun online in April, is culminating in a 4-day in-person gathering hosted by Digital Arts Resource Centre in Ottawa from August 10-14. This gathering is a co-production between IMAA, MANO, NIMAC and DARC, in collaboration with the Asinabka Festival.

Center for Contemporary Arts and SITE Santa Fe
Jeffrey Gibson: Cinema Selection

The programs are introduced by artist Jeffrey Gibson discussing how these films have affected his work.  The series concludes with a conversation between Gibson and Luke Henley, CCA's film programmer.

Saturday, July 30, 5 pm MDT Drunktown's Finest (2014)

Saturday, August 6, 5 pm MDT The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (2019)

Saturday, Aug 13, 5 pm MDT Bedevil (1993)

Saturday, Aug 20, 5 pm MDT The Exiles (1961) 

First Peoples Festival/La présence autochtone's 
Film Programs

August 9 - 17. Tickets. In-person in Montreal. The Festival has multiple venues for performances, symposia and screenings

Every summer for 32 years, the heart of downtown Montreal has been vibrating to the international Festival Presence autochtone.  This year concerts, dances, poetry, live performances and more than 60 competing films will be presented as part of this exceptional event.  

Tuesday, August 9

Opening Night. New Short Films from Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, and Norway include Ivan Zamora Mendez's Xatastujut Tekit, Ann Holmgren's Háldi, Nicholas Renaud's Onyionhwentsiio, Rahe-wantitanama's Mayfly, Amar Chebb's Joe Buffalo and Roxann Whitebean's Rose.

Wednesday, August 10

Pakucha Documentary feature. Peru. Tito Catacora. In Aymara with English subtitles. A family gathers for uywa ch´uwa, an ancient ritual during which the spirit of the alpaca, the  Pakucha, is invoked.

Also screening today are outstanding short works--award winners and premieres--from Anishnaabe, Atitkamekw, Inuit, Métis, Sámi filmmakers.

Thursday, August 11

Bajo Sospecha: Zokunentu / On Suspicion: Sokunentu Documentary feature. Chile. Daniel Diaz Oyarzun. In Spanish and Mapudungun with English subtitles. Reflecting on the career of his uncle Bernardo Ovarzun, renowned Mapuche artist, the filmmaker embarks on a quest about identity, race, territory, and justice.

L’inhumain Narrative feature. Canada. Jason Brennan. In French. When Mathieu, a brilliant neurosurgeon in the city whose life is in shambles, returns home to scatter his father’s ashes in his Anishnaabe territory, he encounters the nightmare--the Windigo--that will change him forever.

We Are Unarmed Documentary feature. US, Gwendolyn Cates. In English and Lakota. The struggle at Standing Rock against DAPL is narrated by the women who have been the force behind the resistance.

Short works today include Allan Downey and Carlee Kawinehta Loft’s Rotinonhsión:ni Ironworkers and Alanis Obomsawin’s Bill Reid Remembers.

Friday, August 12

El Gran Movimiento Narrative feature. Bolivia. Kiro Russo. In Spanish with English subtitles. The hero of the film, drawn from the countryside to La Paz, finds work in the mines, but his health rapidly deteriorates.  And then an old woman, Mama Pancha, sends him to a traditional healer who occasionally comes into the capital to perform healing ceremony.

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Bootlegger Narrative feature. Canada. Caroline Monnet. In French and Anishnaabemowin. Mani has left home for a number of years to become a lawyer, and returns to her community in hopes of making changes, running up against longstanding problems and the people who have enabled them to persist.

L'inhumain (see August 11 for description)

Today's short films include a reprise screening of the Opening Night program.

Saturday, August 13

Tystnaden I Sápmi/The Silence in Sápmi Documentary feature. Norway. Liselotte Wajstedt. In Norwegian, Swedish, and Northern Sámi, with English subtitles. Sámi women courageously speak out about sexual abuse taking place in their communities, as the film also puts this abuse into the context of the pervasive toxicity resulting from colonial domination of Sápmi, the Sámi homelands.

Utama Narrative feature. Bolivia. Alejandro Loayza Grisi. In Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles. In the Andean altiplano, an elderly Quechua couple, alpaca herders, see their ancestral way of life menaced by the deep drought that rocks the region.

Everything Is Connected Documentary feature. Canada. Doug Cuthand. In English. This investigative film draws a connection between government policy of the separation of Indigenous children from their families--either for boarding school or for adoption outside their community--and the current epidemic of the disappearance and murders of Indigenous women.

This day also includes short works from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, and US.

Sunday, August 14

Returning Home Documentary feature. Canada. Sean Stiller. In English and Secwepemc with French subtitles. The origination of Canada's National Day of Truth and Reconciliation--also known as Orange Shirt Day in memory of the children taken away to boarding school--was led by Phyllis Jack-Webtad, Secwepemc writer, tireless educator and ecologist

Adeus, Capitão/Goodbye, Captain Documentary feature. Brazil. Vincent Carelli, Tatiana Almeida. In Portuguese and Parkatėjė with English subtitles. Based on the long friendship between the filmmaker and the “captain” Krohokrenhum, a chief of the Gaviao, who tells the story of decades of Indigenous resistance with its advances and retreats, using footage shot over these years. 

Monday, August 15 

Powerlands Documentary feature. Canada, US. Ivey Camille Manybeads Too. In English and Dine, Spanish, Blaan, Visayan, Zapotec, Wayuunaki, with English subtitles. A Navajo filmmaker journeys to Indigenous communities in Colombia, the Philippines, Mexico and Standing Rock in the US, where she meets with Indigenous women leading the struggle against multinationals that are responsible for ecological disaster in the name of profits, exactly as in her own country, the Navajo Nation.

Today also includes screenings of short works from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada, and takes a special screening program to Kahnewake Mohawk Territory. 

Tuesday, August 16

Apenas el sol/Nothing But the Sun Documentary feature. Paraguay. Arami Ullón. In Ayoreo with English subtitles. In village after village in the Chaco of Paraguay, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has tirelessly recorded Ayoreos who, like him, had lived traditionally until forced to abandon their ancestral lands and moved into settlements. These tapes are a weapon against forgetting--records of elders who are the last guardians of a culture threatened with disappearance.

Ste. Anne Narrative feature. Canada. Rhayne Vermette. In French. With the feeling of an experimental film from the 1970s, this film brings us into the Métis world, following the story of a woman who returns home to awkward reunions with her family. The atmosphere is unsettled, and the film takes on the feeling of an allegory concerned with the reclamation of lands across Treaty 1 territory, the heartland of the Métis nation.

Reciprocity Project Documentary shorts. Various Indigenous directors. Produced by Nia Tero. Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being. Seven beautifully-crafted short works are from Indigenous communities in US--Cherokee and Qualla Boundary, Gwich'in, Native Hawaiian, Passamaquoddy and Shinnecock--and Wayuu in Colombia, .

Today also includes new short films produced in English and Kanien’keha and in English and Taino, and the launch of the new edition of Panorama Cinema

Wednesday, August 17

Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy Documentary feature. Canada. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. In English with French subtitles.  The filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of her community in the Kainai First Nation and observes the impact of the substance use and overdose epidemic, as well as changes being brought by community members, first responders and medical professionals.

Plegaria Documentary feature. Mexico. Roberto Olivares. In Mixtec with English subtitles. In the state of Guerrero where violence has become endemic, Don Martin assumes in the community of Yoloxochitl the role of rezandero, who conducts rituals consisting of individual sessions for fortune telling or purification. He is suddenly assassinated, like his predecessor. And no one knows why. (In English plegaria means prayer, supplication, plea.) 

Short films today come from Brazil, Mexico and Canada.

Thursday, August 18

Séance "Musique et Arts"  Free. First come, first served.

Short films from Canada and Guatemala--music videos, profiles of creators--in a 73 min. program. 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

August 12 - 20. Tickets. In-person in Edinburgh, Scotland

Every year EIFF connects audiences with innovative and essential storytellers and welcomes up to 400 media representatives and more than 1300 filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world with a wide range of screenings and events.

On August 14 the strand New Shorts: On Leaving includes the following short films with Indigenous content:

Shiny One Narrative. Australia. Viviana Petyerre (Alyawarre). In Arrente, English. A comedy set in the Australian bush, as an aboriginal man dreams of escaping his life and finding wealth in the big city. fire in the water, fire in the sky Documentary. Aotearoa/New Zealand. Evotia-Rose Araiti (Cook Islands). In Cook Islands Maori, English. This film tells of the struggle that Indigenous women of Pacific have faced for generations: to survive they must leave their islands. Forests (Forêts) Experimental documentary. Canada. Simon Plouffe. In Innu. An underwater forest is revealed in all of its haunting eeriness, as Innu community members describe this lost spiritual place of Eastern white pines, submerged by the construction of a hydroelectric reservoir. 

Film at Lincoln Center

El Gran Movimiento

US Theatrical Premiere. Opens Friday, August 13. Tickets. In-person in New York.

El Gran Movimiento Bolivia/France/Qatar/Switzerland. Kiro Russo. In Spanish with English subtitles. Set in the alternately harsh and beautiful terrain of La Paz, Bolivia and its surrounding rural areas, El Gran Movimiento follows a young miner as he looks for work alongside his friends, even as he begins to descend into a mysterious sickness. With its marvelous long-lens zoom work and increasingly dynamic, rhythmic editing, Russo’s film is a hypnotic journey into a psychological space that touches upon the supernatural.

New Compositions and Performances, Celebrations, Indigenous Hip-Hop

CARA/Center for Art, Research and Alliances

Last Weekend! August 5-7. Friday at 7 pm EDT. Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm EDT. Free with online reservations. Space is limited. In-person at 225 W. 13th St. in New York City

In inaugural public programs before its opening in New York City in October as a non-profit arts center, research center and publisher, CARA is has offered during this summer three weekends of unique and multidimensional performances.  Curated by Erika Sprey, Lamin Fofana, Sky Hopinka, and members of CARA’s team Emmy Catedral and Manuela Moscoso. The website gives the details about the CARA initiative and the creatives performing in this summer’s events.

Experimental musician and composer Laura Ortman performs inside Art in Process: Part One, a survey of works by acclaimed video artist Nam June Paik, spanning his career. Ortman distorts the sound of her Apache-inflected violin stylings with an array of effects pedals, expressing an affinity with Paik and the Fluxus movement. Performed live on July 29, 2022, at Gagosian Gallery in New York.

SITE Santa Fe Events

August 3 - August 13

Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric
May 6 - September 11, 2022

#Wednesday LunchTalks (Online)
Wednesday, August 3, 12 pm MDT. Streamed live from SITE Santa Fe's Facebook or YouTube.

Artist Nani Chacon discusses her transition from graffiti art to mural making, community engagement, and the role of street art in the global marketplace with Alan Ket, Museum of Graffiti co-founder.

Lady Shug presents: A Celebration of Queer Indigenous Kinship
Saturday, August 6, 7:30 - 8:30 pm MDT. Free. Open to the public

An evening of drag performances curated and hosted by Diné drag queen, Lady Shug. An accomplished and award-winning two-spirit performer who has been featured on HBO’s We’re Here, in numerous national media outlets, as well as in Jeffrey Gibson’s TO NAME AN OTHER, currently on view in The Body Electric.

Mountain Center Open House: Celebrating Artwork by Nani Chacon
Thursday, August 11, 4 pm - 7 pm MDT. Free. Open to the public.

Celebrating artist Nani Chacon’s work, After the Winter, with food and drink, music, rock climbing, and art activities for the whole family. Painted at the Mountain Center as part of her engagement with SITE Santa Fe, the work was inspired by conversations Chacon had with residents of the Serenity Mesa Recovery Center and New Moon Lodge Recovery Center.

Chatter: Music Worth Talking About
Raven Chacon

Saturday, August 13, 10:30 am MDT. In-person at SITE Santa Fe
Sunday, August 14, 10:30 am MDT. In-person at 912 Third, Santa Fe

Chatter weaves together traditional and contemporary chamber music programs that include a reading by a poet of the morning. In this program compositions by Raven Chacon for oboe, clarinet and cello are performed, with spoken word poet Harrison Fletcher.

National Museum of the American 
Indian Youth in Action: Indigenizing Hip-Hop

Friday, August 12, 1 pm - 2 pm EDT. Free. Online.

How are Indigenous youth asserting their sovereignty and dismantling stereotypes through hip-hop? Join us for an online conversation with Native youth who meld hip-hop and Indigenous beats and rhymes to construct their own narratives and create social change. Moderated by Kyle T. Mays (Black/Saginaw Chippewa) and featuring Mato Wayuhi (Oglala Lakota) and Talon Bazille Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River Lakota/Crow Creek Dakota). This program is free, but advance registration is required. A direct link to view the will be provided


New York Public Library Staff Picks
Summer 2022 - "Water"

Our History is the Future by Nick Estes A protest at the Standing Rock reservation against construction of an oil pipeline becomes the century's largest Indigenous protest movement. Full title: Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel by Kawai Strong Washburn. A groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga—a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation.

Wendy Red Star’s Indigenous Gaze” by Tiffany Midge in The New Yorker, July 18, 2022. The Crow photographer and multimedia artist confronts settler narratives with sly doses of “Indi’n humor.” 

“Dark Winds’ Creators Break Down the Tense Season Finale and Why You Can’t Make a Western without Natives” by Wilson Chapman in Variety, July 17, 2022. [Spoiler alert: Do not read if you haven’t watched the Season I finale, “HózhóoNaasháa”]   Ahead of the finale, series creator Graham Roland and director Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) spoke about adapting Hillerman’s original books, where the show will go in its next season and why you can’t tell a Western story without Indigenous voices.

"'The Ills We Do, Their Ills Instruct Us So': Indigenous Futurism at the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival" by Robert Hubbard in Howlround Theatre Commons, July 25, 2022
“After graciously greeting us in Mvskoke, her native language, and playfully advising that it was ‘okay to laugh at the funny parts,’ director/adaptor Tara Moses, an accomplished theatre artist and citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. counseled, ‘You might feel unsettled… decolonization is difficult and unsettling work…’”

"Mitchel Merrick and Lopaka Kapanui Share the Inspiration Behind 'Ka Ho'i'" by Megan Hearst in PBS' Behind the Lens Blog, July 12, 2022.

“Filmmaker Q&A: Dan Bigbee Jr. Discusses His Film ‘Osage Murders’" by Emma Goddard in PBS’ Behind the Lens Blog, July 11, 2022 

"A Story Almost Left Untold: Dan Bigbee and the Osage Murders" by Vision Maker Media in PBS’ Behind the Lens Blog, July 11, 2022 


Sundance Institute
Indigenous Non-Fiction Intensive

Inaugurated in July 2022 by Sundance Institute is a new initiative to support Indigenous artists creating formally bold and personal work with a workshop, grant and mentorship on a current edit of their short-form documentary films. The advisors for the first Intensive include Colleen Thurston (Choctaw), Maya Daisy Hawke, and Darol Olu Kae.

The artists selected are:

  • Sarah Liese (Diné, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) with Coming In
  • Sean Connelly (Pacific-Islander American) with A Justice Advancing Architecture Tour
  • Olivia Camfield (Muscogee Creek Nation) and Woodrow Hunt (Klamath, Modoc, and Cherokee) with If You Look Under There You'll Find It

Pacific Islanders in Communications
Media Fund* and Short Films Awards

  • Robert Rooy for Tail Twister*
  • Connie Florez for The Glades Project*
  • Alison Week and Liz Barney for The Last Rodeo*
  • Nathan Fitch for Essential Islanders
  • Daniel Kelin for After the Ending
  • Trevor Wallace for Polihale - Close to the Heart

WIFT NZ/Women in Film & Television NZ
Mana Wāhine 2022 Awards

Including the following creators in Indigenous film:

  • SAE Award for Outstanding Newcomer: Cian Elyse White (Te Arawa, Ngāti Pikiao) for creating a variety of outstanding work as a writer, director, producer and actor.
  • South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film: Chelsea Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi) for her work as producer on the internationally successful feature film Jojo Rabbit
  • Queenstown Camera Company Craft Award: Melissa Ririnui (Tauranga Moana) for her expertise as a grip, creating a seamless experience for the camera and lighting departments.
  • Te Māngai Pāho Te Reo Māori Champion Award: Reikura Kahi (Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Whānau a Apanui and Cook Island), a skilled and passionate te reo Māori advocate and storyteller.
  • Tautai Award for Moana Excellence in the Screen Industry: Sima Urale (Samoan), director, writer and educator who blazes a trail for Pasifika filmmakers globally.
  • Wingnut and Wētā Companies Creative Technology Award: Alana Cotton for so beautifully combining her technical and artistic skills to produce gold-standard work as a colorist.

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