16:04 m / Documentary Short / U.S.A.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Laemmle Music Hall | 4:30pm to 5:30pm | Program
Native and American follows Holly Spaude as she confronts her mixed heritage and seeks to define her identity within her tribal community. While navigating her tribe’s blood quantum standard and working to help preserve the endangered Potawatomi language, Holly has come to know her purpose.
Directors: Taylor Hensel, Brit Hensel
Cast: Holly Daniels
Producers: Holly Daniels, Marcus Daniels, Stacey Woelfel, Robert Greene
Includes a post screening Q&A with the director (s)
Taylor Hensel is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. She began visual storytelling through Selu Productions, a production company founded by herself and her sister, Brit. Her work often focuses on culture, environment, and seeking truth through perspective. She is from Colorado and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She has a BA in Journalism from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an MA in Documentary Journalism from the University of Missouri. For the past year, she has worked with the United States Department of the Interior as a journalist and visual storyteller covering environmental issues. She is currently a 2019 Big Sky Native Filmmaker Initiative Fellow and a video producer for the Humane Society of the United States.
Brit Hensel’s career and passion for storytelling first took shape through her writing career. Brit has worked as a journalist and screenwriter for publications and companies across the United States. She has a BA in History from North Park University and currently applies her passion for research, stories of the past, and culture to her daily work as the CEO and Creative Director of Selu Productions; a production company founded by herself and her sister, Taylor. Brit is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is from Colorado. She is currently a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow.