Traditions - short film - 10mins - Digital - 2021


A Cycle Two exercise for the American Film Institute Conservatory

TRADITIONS is a story that explores the true history of Thanksgiving, replacing the white American narrative with a contemporary Native American perspective.

We follow Kari and her father Moku as they update Missing Persons flyers of Kari's sister on the eve of a dangerous solar eclipse that blurs the boundaries of the past, present, and future. While the father-daughter duo perform a protection ritual,  they are interrupted by a white influencer couple who ignore Moku's warning to vacate the land. The couple's entitlement of the land seals their fate at the hands of paranoid 17th Century Puritanical settlers revealed through the eclipse. Meanwhile, Kari, out of curiosity and genuine concern, searches for the couple but instead encounters the truth behind her missing sister.

Directed by Alex Villareal - Produced by Nagee Brown - Story by Nagee Brown - Screenplay by Liz Vazquez -

Cinematography by Rayana Rasamee - Production Design by Georgina Gutierrez - Edited by Tianze Sun

Starring Brittany Shonka, Raudo Cardona, Lindsey Naves, Sam Keller, Stacey Patino, Joshua M. Bott, Lindsey Schuberth