“Beyond The Front Lines,” in support of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program took place on Friday, Jan. 19 from 9pm-1am at High West Distillery in Park City, Utah. Sundance Institute has a commitment to and history of supporting Native American artists:
“Native American filmmakers have long been involved in the Institute, going back to Larry LittleBird (Taos Pueblo) and Chris SpottedEagle (Houmas Nation) who participated in the first meetings founding Sundance Institute. Following President and Founder Robert Redford’s original vision, the Institute has remained committed to supporting the voices of Native American artists.” —Sundance.org
At this important Sundance cultural event many activists, musicians and presenters spoke out in honor of and in celebration of Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in the film community and beyond. Teao Sense, Desirae Harp, Love Speak and Youssif Salah of Audiopharmacy, from the Bay Area-based live music ensemble and collective that uses globally infused hip-hop to inspire social change, took part in the special occasion with musical performances and cinematic presentations.
This year 9 Indigenous-made films will have their premiere at this years 11-day festival.
Sundance Institute Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home.
Written by Cindy Maram, Dig In Magazine
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