FEATURE | USA | 106 MINUTES | English

Gift Of Fear

Mili watched in horror as her mother was murdered 11 years ago, becoming another Missing and Murdered Indigenous statistic. Now 17, Mili’s former crew kidnaps her girlfriend after Mili chooses her MMA team over the gang. Tribal cops and an agent from the Federal Missing and Murdered Unit are on the case, but Mili waited for the authorities once…she won’t wait this time.


Directed by Katy Dore, Jack Kohler

Jack Kohler (he/him) is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California. He earned an engineering degree from Stanford, but his right brain wanted to create, so he became a filmmaker. He established On Native Ground, a Hoopa Tribal non-profit film/media organization in 2006, which has multitudes of film awards and has created over 200 films. “River of Renewal” was Jack’s first documentary which screened over 2000 times on PBS stations across the nation. His Native American Rock Opera “Something Inside Is Broken” has won 24 awards and will be broadcast this Fall on PBS. He also created a 13-part television series called “On Native Ground Reports” for the FNX / PBS stations which has won many awards and stars young native news reporters. He wrote “Gift of Fear” with his daughter, Carly, also a Stanford graduate. “Gift of Fear” has won 24 awards since it first Premiered in March at the Native Women In Film Festival sponsored by RNCI. Jack has been writing scripts about the MMIW crisis since 2010, including “K’ina kil: The Slaver’s Son,” his first award winning narrative film. He recently directed a new MMIW play “Absence” in Northern California.

Katy Dore once turned down an invitation to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth in favor of going camping. She’s never regretted it. Favoring stories of people history fails to mention, Katy is an award-winning director, screenwriter and actor. After completing her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, she earned an MFA at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Katy spent 30 years as the owner of a graphic design firm until a series of back surgeries forced a hiatus. Flat on her back, Katy had a moment to catch her breath and figure out what to do with the rest of her life. Narrowing her options to Rock Goddess or Filmmaker, Katy chose the latter.


Katy Dore, Jack Kohler


Elle Beyer, Lon Beyer


Carly Kohler, Jack Kohler

Key Cast

Justin Johnson Cortez, Michael Horse, Laura Vallejo, Isa Antonetti

Gift of Fear had its World Premiere at 14th Native Women in Film Festival in March 2023. Since then the film has garnered 24 awards. Including 10 best Feature film awards and 5 Best Director awards.



November 3rd – November 11th

Fine Arts Theatre

8556 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


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