The 4th annual Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival is almost here! Although we are disappointed we will not be holding our in-person festival in November, we are pleased to announce that our festival will be held virtually this year! Mark your calendar for November 20-22 as we bring you 10 short films from Native American filmmakers, all from the comfort and safety of your home! Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms for updates on this exciting new mini-festival. We look forward to seeing you in person next year at the 2021 festival!
Featured in American Film Showcase 2017, Doc NYC Festival 2017, and Big Sky Film Festival 2018.
We get up close and personal with Steven Paul Judd, the dynamic and bold 21st century renaissance man. One of the art world’s most energetic, accessible and celebrated figures, this self-taught artist’s love for pop culture and Native American art has given him a massive following. This insightful portrait shows how Judd indigenizes the popular every day to allow our young to see themselves in all aspects of life, while at the same time making his own dreams a reality through his passion and zest for life.
A Film By Erica Tremblay
Sundance selection 2019 and chosen by IndieWire as a “top ten must-see short film of the festival”.
It’s just another typical day at a rural elementary school on a reservation in Oklahoma. Little Chief, the school’s mascot, appears faded on the walls as a proud symbol of a rich and complicated history. It’s a world that is stacked against them, but Sharon shows up each day to guide her 5th grade students through it. Bear is having a particularly hard time, enduring challenges both at home and in the classroom. He is desperate to escape it all, and Sharon is left chasing a little boy who is running to nowhere.
A Film By Shelley Nero
E. Pauline Johnson was a powerful wordsmith who traveled the North American continent sometimes in vaudeville-esque stages to Britain. Here she confronted the king of England. She used her voice and words as a weapon against the effects of colonization. Her mother was British and her father was a Mohawk chief from the Six Nations of the Grand River. When she passed away her influence was strong and wide. She was a proud Mohawk/British woman. Her capacity for change towards the perception of Indigenous people in North America was the beginning for a long struggle.
A Film By Federico Cuatlacuatl and Ethan Brown
Tsenacommacah, is what the Powhatan called their territory of Tidewater Virginia. Roughly translated as, “densely inhabited land”. An experiential recall takes form through the spiritual symbology of the region in this sensory short film. Ahone the Creator, comes from the rising sun. But there were other spirits as well—Okee, the trickster of Chaos. A dance unfolds between them…
Pamunkey River: Lifeblood of Our People
A Film By Kevin Krigsvold
Only the Earth and the Mountains
A Film By Elleni Sclavenitis
Only the Earth and the Mountains interrogates the narrative of the settlement/colonization of the West by white pioneers and its implications to society today by examining the repercussions of the Sand Creek Massacre, in which more than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were murdered by U.S. Cavalry troops on November 29, 1864. In speaking to the survivors’ descendants, it becomes clear that this event is a living, perpetual loss—one that should not be forgotten.
A Film By Justin Deegan
A post-apocalyptic film about two Indigenous men existing in the aftermath of colonial America. When their spouses kick them out, making them homeless in 2019 Seattle. Just like in the old days.
A Film By Stacy Howard
When a half-native girl named Riley gets suspended from school, she is sent to stay with her traditional Navajo grandmother