Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Announces Collaboration with Art House Convergence

Birds in the Earth Photos provided Courtesy Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.

Published September 10, 2019

TORONTO — A new collaboration between Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program and Art House Convergence (AHC), a North American coalition of community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, was announced last night by Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Director N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache) at the Toronto International Film Festival. The collaboration will bring six Indigenous short films from Sundance Institute Fellows to select AHC theaters in North America during November’s annual celebration of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. EclairPlay will be offering all e-deliveries to any EclairPlay-equipped cinema that orders the series free of charge.

N. Bird Runningwater. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.

“We are thrilled to announce this new collaboration,” said Runningwater. “This endeavor fulfills an important goal of our program, which is the diversity, creativity and immense talent of emerging Indigenous filmmakers while providing entertainment and expanding awareness of Indigenous content for film audiences around the U.S.”

“Art House Convergence is incredibly excited about this partnership,” said Alison Kozberg, managing director, Art House Convergence. “Enhancing public access to important, contemporary work by Indigenous filmmakers is directly aligned with our commitment to supporting purposeful, creative film exhibition. Just as Bird Runningwater’s inspiring call to amplify Indigenous voices in our cinemas during a major panel at our 2019 annual conference laid the foundation for this partnership, we know that this program will contribute to ongoing public and curatorial engagement with Indigenous-made films.”

Shinaab, Part II Photos provided Courtesy Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.

Since 1990, a Presidential Executive Order has declared November as National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Organizations across the U.S. observe the month by hosting programs that showcase Indigenous histories, arts and cultures.

The six Indigenous Program-supported short films that will be screened throughout November at select AHC theaters include:

Birds in the Earth (11 minutes), Marja Helander (Sámi); Fainting Spells (10 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño); Jáaji Approx. (8 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño); My Father’s Tools (7 minutes), Heather Condo (Mi’gmaq); Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (4 minutes), Eva Kaukai (Inuit) and Manon Chamberland (Inuit), and Shinaab, Part II (8 minutes), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians).

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