(Short/ Language Preservation)
In this contemporary retelling of the Navajo story of the Hero Twins, teenagers Shondiin and Nathan Yazzie battle monsters raised by the mysterious Coyote with the help of their medicine man grandfather and metalhead uncle.
Directed by Kjell Boersma
2016 Feature Presentations
A mentally ill patient violently resists getting any help from his therapist.
Written and Directed by Marina Bruno byWondering Pictures
The Tale of the Three Thieves
Three degenerate thieves on the run after a robbery turn on one another after their car breaks down in the middle of the desert.
Directed by 17 year old, Maxim Vitkovsky, of MaxPOWER Productions
Under the Heavens
The American dream becomes a nightmare due to the recent killings of several unarmed black American citizens by the police for Rahkeem; a frustrated African- American adolescent from Brooklyn, New York. In his quest for justice, he becomes vulnerable to questionable spiritual guidance.
Directed Tyrik Washington
Wishing for Rain in New Mexico
Wishing for Rain in New Mexico is an extraordinary journey that connects science, consciousness, and weather. Although the film is directed toward New Mexico, the solutions are appropriate for anywhere in the world that extreme drought is being experienced.
Directed by Cheryl Marie Seas
Sweet California- Caballero
Produced by StoryLine Cinema
The Talk in the Night
After committing a heinous crime, a man has an encounter with the uncanny.
Written and Directed by Chris Hanna
A short documentary about the ongoing journey of an 8 year old Native American golfer who is making a name for herself.
Directed by Mark Williams
The Rebound - Documentary Feature
DEAD RIVER is an intellectual mystery/drama set in the literary world. A professor, Grant Bingham (played by Morse Bicknell), begins a biography of his idol, Luther Nash (Eb Lottimer), a famous crime writer. When Grant's wife Lisa (Lora Cunningham) meets the author, they form a bond, and Grant soon finds himself losing control of his family and his book. Grant delves deeper into Luther’s past and discovers that behind the fiction may be an even darker reality.
Written and Directed by Jason DeBoer
The Secrets Behind The Bignell Bridge
(Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Canada)
The Secrets Behind The Bigness Bridge centres on the epidemic of suicide in Opaskwayak Cree Nation and shows that love, strength, and balance can conquer any fear that Indigenous youth are experiencing.
Written and Directed by the Youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in collaboration with Nu Media On Tour 2016.
Little Party City - Next is Best
Directed by Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier
Set in a world where wishes are granted by mythical creatures that live under fountains, an apathetic wishgranter is forced to go above ground in order to grant a wish of love.
Written and Directed by:
Nemo Hádéíst'íí' - Special Feature
Hear Me - Laura Grizzlypaws
Directed by Levi Blackwolf
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle.
The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free.
Directed by Ralphina Hernandez
The Endless River
A young boy is sitting next to a droughty river, watching the barren land while fantasizing about fishing. Drown in his daydreaming, he coughs and comes back to his senses, gets up and walks along the river.
Written and Directed byMohammad Mohammadian
Jake spends most of his time playing videogames
indoors until his mum decides to give him a
Written and Directed by Jacob Frey
We Are In It
We are in it chronicles the stories and journeys of five Houston residents and their attempt to find refuge in this American metropolis. By combining tales of deportation with everyday defeats and resilience, it identifies what lies beneath the surface of migrant and refugee realities and the unsettling need to move towards political and economic security. The film documents their personal archives – poetry and paintings of Baghdad, film clips of the Burmese diaspora, songs in Swahili – and their efforts to re-envisage a home amidst experiences of trivialized war, hardship, and alienation.
A film by Yehuda Sharim
King Without A Crown - Blue Flamez
Directed by LaRonn Katchia
Taste the Time - Scatter Their Own
Directed by Willie White II &
Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford
On a isolated failed homestead in 1918 southeastern Montana, Halvor Sirdal has lost all that is dear to him and now must come to grips with an unpromising future.
Written and Directed by Michael Amundsen
Bad Habits is a crime/mystery short film that revolves around a library cataloger who makes a discovery. In his attempt to address the matter he gets caught up in a dangerous scheme that puts him at risk. In the meantime he forms a new habit. Good or bad? That's subjective!!!
Written and Directed by
L'ORLO (The Hem)
Chiara is a young french woman particularly fond of an old movie set on a milonga that she watches over and over again. She has recently moved to the fifth floor of a sunny building in the middle of a hot summer. She has been constantly spied on by a maniac who lives in the building opposite hers. Exasperated, the day she finds out he has also been taking pictures of her , she decides to break into the man's apartment only to find out that her creepy neighbor is not the real threat...
Directed by Francesca Sambataro
Honor Riders - Documentary Feature
Written and Directed by Bartosz Kruhlik
September Sketch Book
SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.
Written and Directed by Ronnie Cramer
Sprint to the Past
(Saint Petersburg, Russian)
The film tells the story of one of the most beautiful sports-rowing, about the fate of its athletes and their memories in our days. It is the story about the three friends, their sporting rivalry in the early 1980es and about the situation in the sport in our days. The story in the film is narrated on behalf of the main character – Oleg. At the beginning of the film we see the life in rowing club and the academy rowing championship. We see the struggle between Sergey, Denis and Oleg in this competition, which was at the beginning of Oleg sports career. After he becomes a great sportsman, winner of Olympic games.
Written and Directed by Selkin Fedor
After an argument with her conservative parents, nineteen-year-old Mina moves in with her sister Mandy, who makes her living as a prostitute. At a party Mina falls head over heels in love with Tony, a DJ with an esoteric approach. Mina and Tony begin to talk about their mutual life dreams and goals, though they are caught up by Tony’s dismal past as he borrowed money from the wrong people and then defaulted on his payment.
Written and Directed by Krishna Bhati
Dimitris (a 10 years old boy) is the only child of a rich family. The only person that took care of him, his grandma, is dead. Now his only companion is his pet guinea pig. When Dimitris parents decide a cruel future for him, Dimitris in order to survive he “cripples” the most pure side of himself.
Directed by Chris Moraitis
Written by Chris Moraitis [Dialogues: Katerina Filiotou]
(Kazakhstan) Drama Feature/Foreign Feature
Socio-criminal drama that tells a story of friendship of men from a ghetto of Taraz city. The meeting with the angry and armed son of the local bandit becomes the key turning point in lives of five individuals and their relatives.
Written and Directed by Nurtas Adam
Miami is a city known for its sports and diversity. For the Miami Heat Wheels it is a city of opportunity, second chances, and a call to win - against all odds.
The Rebound is a real account of the Heat Wheels’ quest during the year following defeat at the national championships. A story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our innate ability to overcome life's toughest challenges, including those beyond what meets the eye.
Directed by Shaina Allen
20 Meters of Love in Montmartre
4 lonely women in Paris find a secret connection between them, through their hearts and through their arts...
Written and Directed by Pierre Gaffié
Can and Cihan are identical twins. They live in Büyükada-Prince Island with their family. 33 years have passed by. After their parents getting divorced, Can has been given to their father, and Cihan to their mother. Due to their nervous mother forbidding them to see each other, the brothers haven’t been able to come together for many years.
Things Have Changed Since Kindergarten
A lot can happen in a day.
Written and Directed by Ara
What could be easier than robbing a small bookie place on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?
Written and Directed
by John Hellberg
A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.
Written and Directed by Alexis Chaviaras
Te Ata - Drama Feature
Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw tribe, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.
Produced by Paul Sirmons
Written by Esther Luttrell and Jeannie Barbour
Directed by Nathan Frankowski
Jim was just fired and dumped, and it's only 10 am. Now he will try to put his life back together not knowing the day's mayham is only beginning.
Written and Directed by Alejandro Montoya
ELÍGEME (Choose Me)
A young couple flees from the chaos and the monotony of the big city to spend a few days together in a country house. What appears to be an idyllic getaway ends when he honestly tells her how he feels. She, completely shocked, will try to find the truth that was hidden behind her love for a long time.
Written and Directed by Carlos Muñoz
A documentary that follows Native American female boxer Shiloh LeBeau as she competes for the 2016 Ringside World Championship. We see her journey as her toughest battles take place outside of the ring.
Directed by Mark Williams
A man is on a simple walk through the woods with a destination plugged into his smart phone...and a shovel.
Written and Directed by Nicholas Thurkettle
About That Life
A redemption story about a post-relocation, half Arikara, half Lakota, man named, Runs On Water. Water, returns from Los Angeles to the prison camp, now known as the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, after he learns of the tragic death of his cousin. Water's, uncle, Gutdadudge (Axe), aides him through his bereavement.
Written and Directed by Justin Deegan
A self-created family of actors emerge from a community theatre in the quirky artist town of Taos, New Mexico. Taking their passions to the next level is going to take humor, courage and more than a little small-town heart.
Directed by Jody McNicholas
Unusual quotidian which is shared by 3 generations: grandmother, mother and granddaughter.
The film takes place in a nursing home where mother is working for years. Grandmother used to be a headmaster of the same nursing home and she devoted her life to it. Now she is just one of the inhabitants. She doesn't want to accept weakness of the old age.
Directed by Anja Strelec and Tomislava Jukic
Gallup Film Festival
Gallup Downtown Conference Center
204 West Coal Ave
Gallup, New Mexico 87301