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Sold Out Screening at Twelfth Annual Student Filmmaker Showcase

Jun 4, 2024

Twelfth Annual Student Filmmaker Showcase

The IAIA Community, new faces from the public, and talent from the film industry attended a sold-out viewing on Wednesday, May 8, during the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Cinematic Arts & Technology’s Twelfth Annual Student Filmmaker Showcase at the Violet Crown Cinema.

The showcase featured a selection of the best films produced during the 2023–2024 academic year, including senior projects. “It is astonishing to witness the creative and technical growth of our Cinematic Arts & Technology students—day by day and year after year. The quality of their work reflects not only their personal dedication and craft but also the exceptional guidance of our professors. I eagerly anticipate their future productions, which will surely be remarkable successes,” said Jason Ordaz, IAIA’s Communication Director, who attended the screening.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and a presentation of the Audience Award. The following films were screened at the showcase, and the listing also includes the category winners.

Official Selections

  • Broken Mirrors, Directed by Desmond Hayes
  • Camera Roll, Directed by Juliana Brown Eyes (Oglala Lakota)
  • Carin, Directed by Ethan Nopah (Navajo Nation)—Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Film
  • Gerry Carthy: The Castlebar Cowboy, Directed by Michael Carthy
  • Hook, Directed by Jordan M. Martin (Blackfeet Tribe)
  • My Friend Andrew, Directed by Kendrick Whiteman (Northern Arapaho)
  • Poetic Beauty, Directed by Ashley Reese—Best Actress
  • Stories From the Tohono O’odham Nation Tribe, Directed by Chris Rios (Tohono O’odham Nation)—Best Documentary
  • The Last Western, Directed by Echota Killsnight (Northern Cheyenne and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians)—Best Cinematography and Best Director
  • This Means Forever, Directed by Brandon Martinez (Jicarilla Apache)—Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Audience Award
  • Unearthing the Past, Directed by Rhyka Nelson (Iñupiaq)
  • With Heart, Directed by Avery Hale (Mandan, Hidatsa, San Carlos Apache, and San Felipe Pueblo)

For more information about the Cinematic Arts & Technology program, please contact Cinematic Arts & Technology Department Chair Kahlil Hudson at