FireThief presents Indigenous Shorts



Thursday, July 28 – 6:00 Reception, 7:00 Films. – TICKETS

Tulsa-based, Native-owned production company, FireThief Productions, presents a series of short films by Canadian Indigenous female filmmakers at Circle Cinema July 28 from beginning at 6pm.

Cherokee Chef Bradley Dry will cater the reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Screenings will begin at 7 p.m. with an introduction from event organizers Lydia Cheshewalla, Osage artist, and Sterlin Harjo, acclaimed Mvscogee-Creek/ Seminole filmmaker.

The screening will include five short films from Canadian Indigenous female filmmakers from the Embargo Collective II, as well as the mini-drama, “A Red Girl’s Reasoning.”
About the films:
Founded by Toronto’s imaginNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, The Embargo Collective is an unprecedented exploration into Indigenous cinema.The second Embargo, presented in 2014, brought five First Nations female filmmakers together to create new screen-based work. Embargo Collective II included Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Caroline Monnet, Lisa Jackson, Zoe Leigh Hopkins and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Tailfeathers film, “Bihttos (Rebel)” is a 14 minute unconventional documentary exploring the complex relationship between a father and daughter through animation, reenactments and archival photos. Tailfeathers also created “A Red Girl’s Reasoning,” a 2012, 11 minute mini-drama that follows the transformation of a victim of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault into a motorcycle-riding vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women.

Housewife and grandmother Roberta struggles to fit the conformist society she lives in and turns to amphetamines to cure her boredom in Monnet’s 9 minute film “Roberta.”

In 1850, George Copway was the first Indian to publish a history of his nation, the Ojibway. Jackson’s “Intemperance” is a satire that brings to life a morally complex story of his people living in changing times.

A broken-hearted woman moves home to rebuild her life and give her young son roots through language and family in Hopkin’s “Skyworld.”

“Aviliaq (Entwined)” by Arnaquq-Baril is set in a 1950s Inuit community and tells the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders.

FireThief Productions is a full-service, independent production company specializing in creative documentary filmmaking. FireThief strives to share authentic stories and create compelling content. FireThief Productions is founded by Harjo and noted Cherokee visual artist Jeremy Charles and is located in the historic Kendall-Whittier district in Tulsa, Okla.

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Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefitting Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s independent, non-profit art-house movie theater.

Sponsored in part by Oklahoma State University Tulsa American Studies.

American Studies at OSU examines the history, culture, and society of the United States from a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and transnational perspective.


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