One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival

September 8 & 9, 2017

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One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival Returning to Spokane

Sept. 8–9 festival features Native art and film,including the feature film Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock

Spokane’s second annual One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, September 8–-9, celebrates the best in Native film and arts in the Inland Northwest and beyond.

The festival will feature screenings of feature-length and short Native films, a Native art gallery, music and more, as it explores the vibrant, innovative and diverse world of contemporary Native arts. Highlights include:

  • Feature film Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock
  • Her-story: The Evolution of DeLanna Studi
  • A workshop on “Arts and Activism” with artist and filmmaker Steven Paul Judd
  • Feature film Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Short films and visual art by emerging Native filmmakers and artists

Cherokee actor DeLanna Studi has been featured in a number of films and TV series, including Pow Wow Dreams, We Are Still Here, The Only Good Indian, Z Nation, The Burden of Being, and Blessed.

Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, by filmmakers Josh Fox, James Spione, and Myron Dewey, captures the powerful story of the peaceful resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they fought for clean water and the environment in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand adventure comedy-drama by Taika Waititi, follows a troubled teenage boy and his grumpy foster uncle as they evade child services and the law.

The “Arts and Activism” workshop with Steven Paul Judd will focus on how artists 12 and older can create positive social change. Judd (Kiowa and Choctaw) is one the American Indian art scene’s hottest filmmakers, actors and artists.

The mission of One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is to share and showcase innovative, compelling and empowering stories from Native perspectives through film and art, celebrating the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native culture in our community today.

A key goal of the festival is promote emerging Native artists. Native filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short films for consideration for screening during the festival. Films must be 15 minutes in length or shorter. Submissions are due Aug. 27, 2017, and may be made online at

The festival concludes with a closing night party featuring performances by Daisy Chain and Deekon Jones.

  • Screenings will be featured at the Bing Crosby Theater, located at 901 W. Sprague Ave.
  • Art gallery and workshop will be held at the Unfinished Space, 165 S. Howard St.
  • The Closing Party will be held at Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave.


  • $10–$15 per screening 
  • $15 closing night party
  • $50 for a festival pass to all events
  • Workshop free with student ID, $5 for general public
  • Free admission to One Heart Art Gallery

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The One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is sponsored by Kauffman & Associates, Inc.; Friends of the Bing; Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe; and Terrain.

Our mission is to present programming and promote local performing arts.

This is all made possible by folks like you. all donations are greatly appreciated.

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