Film festival set for July 14, in Warm Springs
Musicians and videographers from Warm Springs will be featured in the first-ever Warm Springs Summer Jam Film Festival on Saturday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Warm Springs Community Center.
Organizer Brutis Baez, of Warm Springs, who has worked at KWSO for the past 12 years, said the lineup at the free event will include LaRonn Katchia's short films, "Awakening," "Shadow Dancer," and "Missing Indigenous," and music video "Hands to the Sky"; Jefferson Green's Ichishkin Language preservation videos; Hunter Onsted's "The Creation" documentary about life on the reservation; a short horror film by Valiant Clark and Levi Blackwolfe, called "Dead Air"; a short drama by Rezhogs, of the Yakama Reservation, called "Guardian Ancestor"; and Baez's films, "Bigg B Green Screens," as well as a Standing Rock dedication video. Videos begin at 7 p.m.
"There are a lot of people (on the reservation) doing creative things," said Baez, who plans to continue the event next year. "They are all short films. The longest one is about 15 minutes."
This year's theme is "antibullying," according to Baez, who, along with LaRonn Katchia, will present the video, "Deep End." The video is "about bullying and the effects of not helping or stepping in when kids are being bullied," he said.
Baez and a partner created an antibullying T-shirt for the event. "The first 40 kids in the door get the shirts," he said.
"The antibullying video is a little bit harsh and graphic, but it's also very real," said Baez, who has traveled a lot over the years to create music and video content, and is pleased to finally be able to present a film festival on the Warm Springs Reservation. "The sovereignty thing is important."