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Sundance Institute to Bring Native Film Series to Turning Stone on October 13th

October event to serve as launch for broader collaboration which includes future programming and the selection of a local filmmaker for a yearlong Fellowship

Native film screening at Turning Stone to be included as part of the Syracuse Film Festival program 

Owner of Turning Stone, Oneida Indian Nation announced a multi-faceted collaboration with Sundance Institute, the non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford to provide dynamic support at every step of the creative journey for individuals with distinct voices in film, theatre, film composing, episodic storytelling and emerging platforms . The joint initiative is designed to expand the reach of Native storytellers in Upstate New York through local film screenings and workshops, as well as a yearlong Fellowship for one local aspiring Native filmmaker, who will be announced in early 2019.

To kick off the initiative, Sundance Institute and the Oneida Indian Nation will host a film series at Turning Stone Resort Casino on Saturday, October 13, beginning at 8 p.m.  The free and open-to-the-public presentation will include an introduction by Sundance Institute senior staff and a curated series of short films by award winning Native filmmakers from around the country including Shaandiin Tome who directed the film “Mud,” which will screened during the evening. After the screening concludes, Tome will participate in a Q&A session to discuss her film, the art of filmmaking and the opportunities presented by being a Sundance Institute Fellow. Guests interested in attending the October 13th film series event at Turning Stone should RSVP to Sarah.Koral@turningstone.com or 315.361.8191.

“It is important that we pass on our legacy to future generations of our people as well as to the broader population in this country and in the world,” said Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “By collaborating with Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program, we can help fulfill our longstanding commitment to arts and culture and bring national and international attention to the range of talent that exists in our region.”

The Syracuse International Film Festival has included this special approximately 90-minute evening event in its official program, complementing its broader Native filmmaking offerings.  The Syracuse Film Festival will take place October 10-14 in downtown Syracuse.

For more information about the October 13 Native film series at Turning Stone Resort Casino, visit the Oneida Nation website.

Additional Sundance Institute and Oneida Indian Nation sponsored events for 2019 will be announced soon.

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