Cherokee Nation Film Office expands Sundance Film Festival presence

01/24/2020 08:30 AM
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Cherokee Nation Film Office Manager Ashley Andoe, left, and Senior Manager Jennifer Loren. The office is making strategic and impactful moves to further advance the presence of Native Americans in the film and television industries. COURTESY
TULSA – The Cherokee Nation Film Office will be among a group of sponsors partnering with Gateway Entertainment and IllumiNative to present the inaugural Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Expanding on the history and tradition of the Sundance Indigenous Program, the Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge aims to contribute to the legacy of support for Indigenous voices. As an official partner of 2020 SFF, the lounge will feature panel discussions and live performances during the opening weekend of the festival, with a focus on narrative change and creating opportunities for Native peoples to build sustainable careers in the industry. 

“We attended last year’s festival within a week of our organization’s launch and were blown away by the amazing talent and collaboration we saw,” said Jennifer Loren, senior manager of the film office. “We used that inspiration to drive our mission and have been working diligently on proactive ways that engage and support Native talent within the industry. The Indigenous lounge is just one more way we can come together in support of diverse and authentic representation, and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.” 

The lounge will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 24-25 in the heart of Old Town Park City at Park City Live.

The CNFO team is participating in several roundtable and panel discussions and will be sharing a special screening of Cherokee Nation’s Emmy award-winning show, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” during the opening reception. 

“One of the discussions we’re participating in is focused on filming in Indian Country and developing Native crew,” Loren said. “We can’t wait to share with everyone what we’ve been working on and introduce the first-ever Native talent, crew and business/support services databases, which will live on the website. We want to see more Natives in front of the camera, behind the camera, writing the scripts and even in the boardrooms. We’re also showcasing the unique eco-scapes and diverse locations within northeastern Oklahoma to help bring the economic benefits of film production to the 14 counties of the Cherokee Nation.”

All events within the Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge are free and open to the public with advanced registration. Secure your tickets by clicking here.


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