Sundance

Lakota Filmmaker Receives Sundance Fellowship

Jan 19, 2017
Courtesy Willi White

A Lakota film maker from the Pine Ridge Reservation is on his way to this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  We spoke with Willi White about his work and what it means to be chosen for a fellowship in the Sundance Native Filmmaker Program.

Willi White’s interest in films goes back to his elementary years at the Red Cloud School.

Lakota Filmmakers At Sundance Film Festival

Jan 27, 2016
Courtesy Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute’s annual film festival takes place in Park City, Utah this week. Among the hundreds of filmmakers in attendance are a Lakota documentary producer and a Lakota screenwriter. A visit with both examined the benefits of being part of the Sundance Institute while pursuing a career in films as a Native American.

Jesse Short Bull’s interest in filmmaking was sparked in 2006 when he attended his first film festival in Rapid City.

Photo by Bird Runningwater

Two young Native American writer/directors are being given the opportunity to receive expert assistance this week in the production of their first professional film projects.  

Bird Runningwater is director of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous program. He says interest in and a commitment to Native American filmmakers goes back to founder Robert Redford. 

Photo by Natalie Cass

The Sundance Institute’s Native and Indigenous Film Lab has announced that submissions are being accepted for its 2014 Native Lab Fellowship.

The film lab offers aspiring Native American film makers the opportunity to receive hands-on guidance from professionals in the field.

Bird Runningwater is director of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous program. He says the idea for a Native film lab began with Sundance founder Robert Redford.