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Original Storytellers Night

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Address: 707 N 3rd St Suite 130, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Wednesday night February 22, marks a new annual tradition at Indie Film Fest with our Original Storytellers Night in collaboration with our partners Cahokia PHX. Our Wednesday night at Indie Film Fest will forever be Original Storytellers Night to celebrate Indigenous Films, Indigenous Artists and Indigenous creatives of the future. With official screenings, creative business and film workshops, and a multi-room immersive production challenge, we are working to elevate our communities to the next level in creative entrepreneurship.  

The night starts off with a multi-room immersive production challenge which allows creatives to film their concept pitch and work through their pitch with other professionals. Participants can post teasers to Youtube and Tiktok from the clips they film within each space. We will have several live sets for each of the creatives to film and photograph in while developing their business model with our team. Our goal is to create a direct path for our community to create and learn with each other in a live film setting right in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The creative industry is growing here in the southwest and we are actively participating in helping our Indigenous creatives reach their goals, providing resources and grants for their projects. Participants will have the chance to qualify for one of our community grants at Indie Film Fest 2023. Later in the evening, following our challenge, we will host several official films curated by the members of Indie Film Fest and Cahokia PHX. 

 

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EVENT DETAILS

  • 4-7 PM Creative Happy Hour
  • 7-9 PM Official Screenings and Filmmaker Discussions
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APACHE LEAP / FEATURE DRAMA

Apache Leap is a coming-of-age film that follows Keane, a young man living on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona, as he navigates family stresses, financial pressures, and a broken car while trying to submit a job application before the deadline passes and his dreams evaporate. Produced on location in the San Carlos Apache Reservation and the neighboring city of Globe, Arizona, this independent feature film explores the extraordinary beauty and the unique challenges of these two communities, and the scorching ribbon of highway that connects them.

Director Christian Rozier

Christian Rozier began his career as a music video and commercial director, producing broadcast videos for politically engaged artists locally and internationally. His documentary film credits include 'Among the Trees', a world tour feature film that follows the seminal hip-hop group Arrested Development throughout, and 'Life In The Age Of Excess', a documentary about an emerging barter economy movement in Los Angeles. Christian is also one of the featured filmmakers in the United Nations sponsored global film 'One Day On Earth' and a screenwriter of the 2013 feature film Lineage. He has produced documentary films in Senegal and in Southeast Asia, and his documentary 'Racing The Past' has won awards at numerous festivals.

He is the director of the feature film 'Apache Leap'. Produced on location in the San Carlos Apache Reservation and the neighboring city of Globe, Arizona, this independent feature film explores the extraordinary beauty and the unique challenges of these two communities, and the scorching ribbon of highway that connects them.

 

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SHEEP / SHORT COMEDY

Directed by Luke Hunt 

Luke Hunt - A member of the Navajo Nation and Kainai (Blood) Reserve, Luke grew up in Northern Arizona retaining the Navajo traditions. In 2015, he received the Gates Millenium Scholarship and attended the University of Arizona; after taking time off Luke pursued filmmaking at Pima Community College and graduated in May 2022. He started his own production: Creative Natives Productions which is focus oriented on proper Indigenous Representation within the film community. His video SHEEP was family-made, with a crew of four and shot during the summer of 2020 at his grandmother's residence.

SHEEP won the best Indigenous Voices Narrative Award at MINT 2021, and  has been screened at the L.A. Skins Film Festival, Australia, Alaska and Tucson.

Address: 707 N 3rd St Suite 130, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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