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Kolby KickingWoman 
Indian Country Today

Adam Piron can remove the word “interim” from his title after five months as he becomes the permanent director of the Sundance Institute Indigenous program.

Piron, Kiowa and Mohawk, shared his excitement on Twitter after the organization announcement Thursday.

“In some personal news... i'm beyond stoked for this next chapter in continuing to do what i love and supporting Indigenous artists in film! a huge thanks to @BirdRunningH2O and my team @moi_cis @66Lei + Katie Arthurs for all their help along the way too,” he said in the social media post.

In the role, Prion will “lead Sundance’s engagement and investment in global Indigenous storytellers,” the organization said in a press release.


He became the interim director and replaced N. Bird Runningwater, Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache, after Runningwater announced he was leaving the Sundance Institute after 20 years last fall.

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Piron previously told Indian Country Today that Runningwater “supercharged” the Indigenous Program during his tenure, as well as expanding it internationally.

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“I think really under his vision, I think our program has really gone to a new height that wasn't there before,” Piron said. “But I think also we've been able to highlight a lot of these voices that are out there and give them support.”

The most recent Sundance Film Festival held Jan. 20-30 featured 15 Indigenous projects.

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan of the Philippines won the Short Film Grand Jury prize for the writing and directing of his film, “The Headhunter’s Daughter.”

All in all, it was a good year for Indigenous creatives at the film festival.

"This is a very strong year for Indigenous-made work at Sundance,” Piron previously told Indian Country Today.

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