PROGRAM 3 includes the following films:
Before the Sun. AITAMAAKO’TAMISSKAPI NATOSI. A thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman and the deep bonds between her father and family in the golden plains of Blackfoot Territory as she prepares for one of the most dangerous horse races in the world…on bareback. A sport for the truly brave, Logan Red Crow is an Indian Relay rider who vaults from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. She is a champion in the making -besides her skill and sheer grit, Logan has a loving family, an elite group of horses, and a home on her ancestral lands. Those are invaluable, but this rider will need more for victory. 89 min. + Q&A
Yazzie. Synopsis. A profile documentary that follows Larry Yazzie as he shares his upbringing in the Meskwaki Nation, his rise as a celebrated fancy dancer, and his work advocating for Native American culture. 13 min. + Q&A
The Shining Mountains Film Festival was started in 2019 to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the City of Aspen passing a resolution removing the celebration of Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The purpose was: through films/documentaries produced, and directed, stories told by Native Americans – First Nations’ voices, we would provide a platform to educate non-Indian communities about the true history, genocide, challenges, and struggles as well as sharing the rich Native culture, talents, wisdom and traditional ways. Thus, breaking the stereotypes, and shining light on the reality of what has been done to the Indigenous Peoples since colonization, the ongoing racism, and systemic injustice. In recognizing all the talents, and positive and unique impacts that the Indigenous Peoples contribute to the world, showing that a strong spiritual connection with Mother Earth and all beings leads to a balanced and harmonious world. Shining Mountains Film Festival showcases feature films and documentaries as well as shorts for two days at the iconic Wheeler Opera House in the heart of Aspen.
The festival opens with a Blessing Prayer by a Ute tribe member. We aim to bring as many film directors, producers and talent for live Q & A after each screening. There is also a live dance performance exhibition and genuine Native art for sale in the lobby area. This is an award film festival with Best Long, Best Short and Audience choice.
Presented by the Aspen Indigenous Foundation