One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival Returning to Spokane 

Published August 19, 2017

Spokane festival features Native art and film, including the feature film “Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock” (September 8-9)

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON – Spokane’s second annual One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, September 8–9, celebrates the best in Native film and arts in the Inland Northwest and beyond.

The festival will feature screenings of feature-length and short Native films, a Native art gallery, music and more, as it explores the vibrant, innovative and diverse world of contemporary Native arts. Highlights include:

  • Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock
  • Her-story: The Evolution of DeLanna Studi
  • An “Arts and Activism” workshop with artist and filmmaker Steven Paul Judd
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Short films and visual art by emerging Native filmmakers and artists

Cherokee actor DeLanna Studi has been featured in a number of films and TV series, including Pow Wow Dreams, We Are Still Here, The Only Good Indian, Z Nation, The Burden of Being, and Blessed. Journalist Hattie Kauffman (Nez Perce) will interview her about her work after a retrospective and live performance from Studi’s one-woman show.

Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock, by filmmakers Josh Fox, James Spione, Myron Dewey, and Floris White Bull captures the powerful story of the peaceful resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they fought for clean water and the environment in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with two of the filmmakers—Dewey and White Bull—and local activists, moderated by speaker, author and commentator Gyasi Ross.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand adventure comedy-drama by Taika Waititi (best-known for his film Thor: Ragnarok), follows a troubled teenage boy and his grumpy foster uncle as they evade child services and the law.

The “Arts and Activism” workshop with Steven Paul Judd will focus on how artists 12 and older can create positive social change. Judd (Kiowa and Choctaw) is one of the American Indian art scene’s hottest filmmakers, actors and artists.

A closing night party at the Washington Cracker Building will feature Seattle band Daisy Chain, spoken word artist Gyasi Ross (Blackfeet Nation) and special food offerings from local chef Jeremy Hansen, owner of Inland Pacific Kitchen and Sante. Daisy Chain blends rock, blues, hip hop, and more to create its own funky sound. The band has performed at events and venues across the Northwest, including Northwest Folklife, Hempfest, Salmon Homecoming, and Tulalip Heritage Festival, the Muckleshoot Amphitheater, the Showbox SoDo, Dante’s, Neumos, Scarlet Tree, and The Mix. Ross will host the festivities and perform his spoken word art.

The mission of One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is to share and showcase innovative, compelling and empowering stories from Native perspectives through film and art, celebrating the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native culture in our community today.

A key goal of the festival is promote emerging Native artists. Native filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short films for consideration for screening during the festival. Films must be 15 minutes in length or shorter. Submissions are due Aug. 27, 2017, and may be made online at

WHAT:   One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival

WHEN:  September 8-9, 2017

WHERE:  Film screenings at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.
Art gallery and workshop at the Unfinished Space, 165 S. Howard St.
Closing Party at Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave.


$10–$15 per screening
$15 closing night party
$50 for a festival pass to all events
Workshop free with student ID, $5 for general public
Free admission to One Heart Art Gallery
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