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Three young sisters try to understand love in all its forms after they lose their parents...
A short film exploring trauma through untraditional methods...
About the directors:
(He/Him/His) is an actor, director, and writer for the stage, film, and television. His television credits include Bad Blood Season 2 (CITYTV/NETFLIX) and Outlander Season 4 (STARZ). Film credits include the short films Shinaab (Sundance 2017, TIFF 2017), and Shinaab Pt II (TIFF 2018, Sundance 2019), as well as the feature films Indian Horse (TIFF 2017), Once Upon a River (Bentonville International Film Festival, 2019), and The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw (imagineNATIVE, 2019). As a writer, his plays have been performed in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California. In 2018, Ajuawak was chosen as an Indigenous Film Opportunity Fellow with the Sundance Film Institute and was a finalist for their 2018 Native Filmmakers’ Lab. In 2019, he was a story editor on the CBC sketch comedy series Tallboyz returning for its second season in Fall of 2020. His short story, A Fresh Start, was a finalist at the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Short Story Contest in 2019. Ajuawak is an alumnus of the CBC Actor’s Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre where he wrote and starred in the short Caleb (2020). He is of Ojibwe, Cree, and Jewish descent.
MorningStar Angeline, born as MorningStar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa, was born in Santa Fe, NM, to Rita Rose Wilson and Ethan Sean Chippewa. She was later adopted by Daniel Harold Freeland and was raised in Gallup, NM. She is Navajo, Chippewa Cree, Blackfeet, and Latina.
Angeline began acting in theatre as a child and continued studying acting and writing throughout college. In 2014 she made her feature debut as Nizhoni Smiles in Drunktown’s Finest at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Angeline has starred in Paramount's YELLOWSTONE, Netflix's Chambers, and HBO's upcoming series This Much I Know Is True. Behind the camera, she has assisted Zack Snyder and helped cast for Paramount's WACO. Angeline has received awards from the American Indian Film Festival, Institute of American Indian Arts, New Mexico Film and TV Hall of Fame and is a 2018 Sundance Indigenous Lab Fellow for her directorial debut, Yá’át’ééh Abiní.
She currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, and Los Angeles, CA.