Shorts Program: Profiles and Perspectives


Dignity at a Monumental Scale

When images of everyday Navajo life began appearing at a monumental scale on abandoned buildings, roadside stands, and water towers across the Southwest, it was a surprise for many in the community to discover it was the work of Chip Thomas a.k.a. “Jetsonorama,” a longtime resident known by many as a healer of another kind. By day, Thomas is a primary care physician at the Inscription House Health Clinic, part of Indian Health Services on the Navajo Nation, where he’s lived for 30 years. In his free time, Thomas installs massive photomurals depicting his neighbors, from sheepherders to grandmothers, and celebrating the beauty of a people whose land has been mined and poisoned, cut up and sold off.


Directed by Kelly Whalen

(USA, 2018, 8 min.)




Over the last decade, an oil boom in North Dakota has seen the state’s population double, with primarily male workers flocking to the region. With this dramatic increase has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sexual violence. On the Fort Berthold Indian reservation alone, rates of sexual violence have increased 168 percent, with indigenous women most affected. Juxtaposing the ravaged yet starkly beautiful landscape with personal testimony from young indigenous women living on the reservation, Nuuca is an evocative meditation revealing the connections between the rape of the earth and the violence perpetrated against indigenous women and girls.


Directed by Michelle Latimer

(Canada, 2017, 13 min.)



Station 15

High school student and poet Chasity Hunter experienced intense flooding in her New Orleans neighborhood during both Hurricane Katrina and recent summer rainstorms. Inspired to find out how safe her city really is, she investigates its infrastructure and questions water experts. As Chasity’s knowledge deepens, she grows into her own voice in her community.


Directed by Kira Akerman

(USA, 2017, 15 min.)



Collapsing Time

Zoe Keller is a graphite artist creating large-scale, highly detailed drawings. Using the traditions of scientific illustration, she weaves complex visual narratives about at-risk species and wild places. Collapsing Time takes a look at the motivations behind her work.


Directed by Dorian Warneck

(USA, 2019, 4 min.)



Herd Impact

A north Texas couple lets nature dictate how they graze their cattle. They are having tremendous success in regenerating their land and their lives.


Directed by Peter Byck

(USA, 2019, 23 min.)



Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee

The Gwich’in have been fighting oil and gas development to protect their way of life and caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for over 40 years.


Directed by Len NeceferGreg Balkin

(USA, 2019, 13 min.)



Post-screening discussion will follow


Films showing as part of this event