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SMOKE THAT TRAVELS – film trailer (2016) |

SMOKE THAT TRAVELS – film trailer (2016)

What happens when a story is forgotten?

“Smoke That Travels” is a personal documentary by Kayla Briët that explores preservation and loss of Native American culture and her own identity as Prairie Band Potawatomi through the use of original music, dance, culture, and color.
runtime 13 min
with Gary Wiskigeamatyuk
directed + edited + cinematography + original score by Kayla Briët | 18 years old

[ Excerpt ]
2015 Summer in the City Festival LONDON – Official Selection INTERMIX
2015 Buffer Festival TORONTO – Women in Youtube Award
2015 Buffer Festival TORONTO – Uplist Winner
2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship
2016 YoungArts Miami – Cinematic Arts Winner
2016 SundanceTV
2016 NoFilmSchool.com

[ Full Film ]
2016 YoungArts Los Angeles – Winner in Cinematic Arts
2016 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) – Audience Award “Around the World in 10 Films” Closing Night Screening
2016 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) – Best Emerging Female Filmmaker Award
2016 Chicago CineYouth Festival – Best Documentary Award Senior Division
2016 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) – Official Selection
2016 Chicago International Film Festival – Official Selection
2016 DocumentaQro (DOQU) Festival (Mexico) – Official Selection
2016 Miami Independent Film Festival – Official Selection
2016 Largo Film Awards (Geneva, Switzerland) – Official Selection
2016 Move Me Productions Festival (Belgium) – Official Selection
2016 VisionFest 3.0 Los Angeles – Official Selection Director’s List
2016 Cucalorus Film Festival, NC – Official Selection
2016 ImagineNative, Toronto, TIFF Theatre – Official Selection
2016 Guam International Film Festival – Official Selection



also on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon

Gary Wis-ki-ge-amatyuk is an Anishnabe-Neshnabe enrolled tribal member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi of Kansas, direct descendent of Chief Abram Burnett and Great Grandson of Potawatomi Holyman “Wis-ki-ge-amatyuk.” Our family is documented by the U.S. Smithsonian Institute and Library of Congress. He is one of the last true guardians of historic ritual objects of his Neshnabek Nation handed down through a family of documented ritual leaders. In his tribe, there are less than 10 elder fluent speakers of the language. Today, he is an educator and performer of authentic traditional song and dance.

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