Cornell Cinema Adds Program of Indigenous Shorts from Sundance

By: Cornell Cinema, 
Wed, 10/30/2019

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Cornell Cinema presents a program of six Indigenous short films made by Sundance Institute Fellows—a program that showcases the diversity, creativity, and immense talent of these emerging filmmakers. This just added program will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 5pm in Willard Straight Theatre.

Organized by the Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program and Art House Convergence (AHC), this program of six short films features works by artists from the Sámi, Ho-Chunk, Mi’gmaq, Inuit, and Ojibwe peoples. Pictured is an image from the film Birds in the Earth. Check out the full program here.

The program will be offered free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of Cornell's American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) and be introduced & discussed by filmmaker Jeff Palmer, a new faculty member in PMA.

Jeffrey Palmer is a Kiowa filmmaker and media artist. As a dean's fellow at the University of Iowa, he received his Master of Fine Arts in film and video production, with an emphasis in documentary film and video installation. He received his Master of Arts in Native American Studies, focusing on Native American exploitation in early cinema and his Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught film at the University of Central Oklahoma and Syracuse University and is currently an Assistant Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts.

He recently completed his first feature film, N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will air on the PBS series American Masters in 2019.




image from the film BIRDS IN THE EARTH