Indigenous Short Films to be Screened in Grand Rapids on Wednesday

Published December 5, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Cinemalab will host screenings of several Indigenous short films from filmmakers across Indian Country on Wednesday evening, December 6, 2017 at the Wealthy Street Theatre.

Shane McSauby

Included in the liineup of Indigenous films is  the premiere of “Mino Bimaadiziwin” is a short film is about an Anishinaabe man living in the city who reconnects with his culture after a chance meeting with an Anishinaabe woman passing through town.

The short film was shot in Grand Rapids, Michigan from June 8 – 12, 2017. “Mino Bimaadiziwin” is the work of Anishinaabe filmmaker, Shane McSauby. The film was funded through the Native Artist’s Lab at the Sundance Institute.

Mino Bimaadiziwin (Director –  Shane McSauby) 10min A love story about decolonization.

Stolen (Director – Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) 7 min STOLEN follows troubled, 14-year old, Shayna Hill as she is admitted and runs away from her group-home. It is a small glimpse into a typical Native girl’s life before becoming one of 1200+ Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada.

Raven (Director –  Razelle Benally) 10 min A young woman, overcome by grief, contemplates a dark path after the painful loss of her little girl. But a dreamlike encounter deep in the woods shows her that life is worth living after all.

The Run (Director – Joseph Wemigwans and Basil Naganashe) 3 min A bounty hunter ordered to obtain a bag from a man who runs. Shimasani (dir. Blackhorse Lowe) 15 min In the late 1920s on the

Shimasani (Director – Blackhorse Lowe) 15 min In the late 1920s on the serene Navajo reservation, Mary Jane spends her time daydreaming and tending to her family’s flock of sheep. When her older sister returns from boarding school with a world geography book, she reveals new worlds that are “just over the mountain.” Conflicted by her obedient nature and her curious imagination, Mary Jane must privately decide to either maintain her lifestyle or depart into the exotic unknown. Smoke That Travels (dir. Kayla Breit) 13 min A personal documentary by Kayla Briët that explores preservation and loss of culture and her own identity as Prairie Band Potawatomi. Stolen (dir. Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) 7 min

Taste the Time (Director – Wili White) 5 min Music video for Scatter Their Own

A question and answer session will be held immediately after the film screenings. This is a free event and open to the public.


Screenings of several Indigenous short films.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. – EST

Films begin at 7:00 p.m. – EST


Wealthy Theatre

1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506

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