Park City, Utah – To start off the new year Killer Whale will be representing Blackfeet/Salish Brooke Swaney’s short narrative film “OK BREATH AURALEE”, The International Sámi Film Centre’s Indigenous Film Circle and the McBride College Bound Council at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
U.S. PREMIERE AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL “OK BREATHE AURALEE,” STARS NATHANIEL ARCAND & NEWCOMER KENDRA MYLNECHUK
Blackfeet/Salish writer/director and recent NYU MFA graduate, Brooke Swaney debuts at the Sundance Film Festival with “OK BREATHE AURALEE,” the first of four episodic pieces in a forthcoming feature film. The only short film to be selected for the Native Forum at Sundance 2012, “OK BREATHE AURALEE” features a talented cast including fresh face, Kendra Mylenchuk and Canadian celebrity Nathanial Arcand. In the film, Swaney tackles contemporary issues in Indian Country, focusing on adoption, identity and assimilation issues told in a subtle subtext and set in crowded New York City.
OK BREATHE AURALEE, competing in this years shorts competition, explores the story of a baby-crazed woman, Auralee, who finds herself drifting away from her baby-reluctant boyfriend, Colin and searching for something more. The film is part of an overall feature-length character driven piece that focuses on Urban American Indians, the four elements (air, fire, water and earth) and the mystical in the quotidien (everyday life).
In Brooke’s own words:
“I really wanted to make a movie that was kind of surreal with interesting (and not necessarily always likeable) characters. I have a bunch of female friends who have reached a point in their lives where they want to pop out a baby (and no, that’s not me), but I wanted to explore what that must be like. Auralee is also adopted away from her Native community (like many people of a certain generation) and I wanted to do a story about that, but not have it be so over-the-top about identity politics, rather more quiet and character specific to really get into her experience.”
1/20/2012 12:00 PM @ Yarrow Hotel Theatre (Park City, Utah(
1/20/2012 9:00 PM @ Broadway Centre Cinema (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1/22/2012 3:30 PM @ Redstone Cinema (Park City, Utah)
1/26/2012 4:00 PM @ Holiday VIllage Cinema (Park City, Utah)
ELEVATING INDIGENOUS VOICES IN CINEMA THROUGH A GLOBAL NETWORK: THE INDIGENOUS FILM CIRCLE
One of the main objectives of the Indigenous Film Circle is to advise and facilitate an international film scholarship, “The Indigenous Film Fellowship” (IFF), that partners emerging indigenous film talent with notable and distinguished filmmakers worldwide in a two year program aimed at developing strong and compelling scripts and preparing solid marketing and financing plans before going into production. The Indigenous Film Circle boasts an impressive group of filmmakers as their Fellowship Mentors. Mentors participating in the 2011 – 2013 fellowship include Donald Ranvaud, Chris Eyre, Heather Rae, Annie Nocenti, and Mikael Olsen. The aim of the Indigenous Film circle is to create a lasting network and establish an Indigenous film fund to support emerging Indigenous film talents world wide.
The Indigenous Film Circle is made up of a group of representatives from cultural and media organizations from around the globe and is coordinated by the International Sámi Film Centre based in Kautokeino, Norway.
The Indigenous Film Circle also helps sustain the growth and connectivity for Indigenous films by bringing together individuals and organizations for continued dialogue through conferencing and digital resources on the Internet. Both the Indigenous Film Circle and the Indigenous Film Fellowship fulfill the International Sámi Film Centre’s mission to strengthen the Indigenous film network while also helping support and develop strong new talent within the film industry through the creation and growth of a permanent network for Indigenous filmmakers and supporting partners globally.
COLLEGE BOUND COUNCIL MARKETPLACE & LOUNGE AT SUNDANCE
At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival the College Bound Council is hosting a benefit marketplace and lounge by bringing the newest trends in products from jewelry, fashion, décor, technology and entertainment to the heart of Main Street in Park City.
~Receive a free gift bag for any purchase made with one of their vendors~
A portion of all proceeds will go to College Bound Council. Founded in 1994, The McBride Foundation manages the College Bound Council which is an innovative program that uses college students to communicate the benefits of higher education to children in elementary schools. Over 160,000 students have since learned about the importance of personal responsibility and the opportunities created by higher education.
Visit the Marketplace and Lounge
Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
and make a difference in a child’s life.
2012 Vendor List: SpiritHoods, G-Form, Over the Moon, Charley’s Toffee, N:F:P New Form Perspective, Engage Green, Quivvers, Sensorium AV, New West Knifeworks, Pop Phone, Sarinova, Élevée, Shoot New Mexico, John Hung Ha, Heritage Jewelry, Gramicii