An image from Sterlin Harjo's "Barking Water." [Image courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival.]
Three Sundance films will make their digital premieres today through the Sundance Institute Artist Services access to distribution program
, which allows Sundance Institute artists to self-distribute their work digitally. The month of November, being 'Native American Heritage Month,' will feature films that pay tribute to the Native American culture exclusively.
Sundance Institute's Executive Director, Keri Putnam, said, "The films premiering today offer a sampling of work supported by our Native American and Indigenous Program and the Sundance Film Festival, and reflect the diversity of Native stories told through the medium of film." Putnam also maintains that, in following the original vision of Sundance's President and Founder, Robert Redford, supporting Native American artists is a priority for the Institute.
Below are synopses (courtesy of Sundance) of the three films:
(Director and screenwriter: Sterlin Harjo) — Irene and Frankie have had a tumultuous relationship for 40 years. As Frankie lies on his deathbed, Irene comes back to him one last time to break him from the hospital and take him home. Cast: Richard Ray Whitman, Casey Camp-Horenik. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox Video, Playstation, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube. (2009 Sundance Film Festival, 2009 Annenberg Film Fellowship Grant)
Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians
(Director and screenwriter: Anne Makepeace) — Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of Edward S. Curtis and the making of his monumental portfolio of Native American images. People from many tribes across the American west reveal the meaning of Curtis’s photographs to Indian people today. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox Video, Playstation, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube. (2000 Sundance Film Festival)
(Director: Billy Luther) — A documentary that explores the role of women and tradition in Navajo culture by following one young woman as she prepares for and competes in the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Playstation, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube. (2007 Sundance Film Festival, 2007 Documentary Film Series)