PROJECT 562, NATURAL WONDERMENT: STEWARDSHIP, SOVEREIGNTY, SACREDNESS
DIRECTOR: Jeff Boice
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 13 m• USA
The appreciation all viewers have for Matika Wilbur’s photography exhibition “Project 562, Natural Wanderment: Stewardship, Sovereignty, Sacredness” is evident here. Matika spent more than three years, traveling across the country, showing, through her photographs, how Native Americans bring the values of their traditional culture into their modern everyday lives.
DIRECTOR: Benjamin R Hayden
FEATURE • 98 m • CANADA
CAST: Roseanne Supernault, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black-Antelope, Corey Sevier, and Nathaniel Arcand.
NOMINATED for BEST ACTRESS
In the year 2961, the time is after humanity and nature has recovered the land. A hunter named Cygnus is called to rise above his duty. He provides for Last Arc, a once nomadic band of survivors in need of food and water that is now growing scarce. The answer must be found before a group of outlandish Heretics descend upon them. Cygnus must voyage across the treacherous landscape to defend his people. Sent by Nova, the matriarch of the band, she acts based on her vision for Cygnus to find a seed of hope. The future of Last Arc is for him to discover, Cygnus ventures into a hostile landscape in search of an answer for his people. On this journey of encountering many traps and dangers, Cygnus discovers what has been hunting him is his identity.
RED POWER ENERGY
DIRECTOR: Lisa D. Olken, Larry Pourier
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 57 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Modern Indian Country is in an ideological battle. Today’s highly contentious energy debate between fossil fuels and renewable energy production is pitting poor tribes against rich tribes and economic sovereignty against environmental stewardship while the fate of their homelands hangs in the balance. American reservations contain 10% of America’s renewable energy potential, 20% of known oil and gas reserves and 30% of the coal reserves west of the Mississippi. Native-told stories from Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes - North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado - illustrate the complex realities of American Indian reservations grappling with how to balance the material needs of today with the potentially negative consequences of tomorrow.