First-ever film fest held in Warm Springs
More than 100 people attended the first-ever Warm Springs Summer Jam Film Festival, which featured Warm Springs musicians and videographers, on Saturday, July 14.
Organizer Brutis Baez, of Warm Springs, who has worked at KWSO for the past 12 years, said the lineup at the free event will included 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.
"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."
The theme for this year's event was "antibullying," according to Baez, who, along with LaRonn Katchia, presented 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, which they handed out to the first 40 kids in the door at the event, held at the Warm Springs Community Center.
"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 was pleased to finally be able to present a film festival on the Warm Springs Reservation. "The sovereignty thing is important."
Baez said that the event generated "Lots of great reactions from the community," in addition to giving people an opportunity to network. "I spoke about the importance of networking and the benefits," he added.
Each of the films was recognized with a plaque at the event.