Who We Are

The Indigenous Film Festival, held during the annual Oglala Lakota Nation pow wow, rodeo and fair on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, is a celebration of Indigenous films, filmmakers, and digital content creators.  The festival provides an opportunity to explore a diverse spectrum of indigenous storytelling—while strengthening heritage and cultural identity through the empowerment of motion picture arts.

It is our collective vision to inspire the next generation of young Lakota and Indigenous filmmakers within our Native communities by fostering learning, networking, and exposure opportunities.

The Festival is volunteer organized by local Oglala Lakota tribal members, filmmakers, and film enthusiasts.

Festival Committee

 

Willi White

co-founder of Indigene Studios

Willi is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, an avid lover of film and a passionate coffee drinker. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and an emerging indigenous filmmaker, photographer and entrepreneur. 

 

Amandeline "Mando" Ecoffey

educator and youth mentor

Amandeline is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She received her Associate's Degree in Lakota Studies from Oglala Lakȟóta College in 2015, and is working towards her Bachelor's of Science in K-12 Lakȟóta Education. She has been a youth mentor and has been involved in Pine Ridge community events since 2006.

 

Jimi La Pointe

illustrative artist and filmmaker

Jimi has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in New Media Arts with a minor in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is also freelance illustrator, writer and artist. He has done freelance work for Raw Travel TV, Thunder Valley CDC and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Kennedy Space Center.

 

Mike Patton

local muralist and entrepreneur

Mike is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is local artist and business owner. He remains involved in the community by hosting local Blackbook Sessions for artists of all ages. He also provides these sessions with middle school students as a part of an After School Program at Red Cloud Indian School.

 

Shenique Monique Milton

screenwriter and community volunteer

Shenique is from Eutaw, Alabama. She has a degree from the University of Alabama in Telecommunication and Film. 

 
 
 

Angel Two Bulls

founder of Bad Art Film, cinematographer and clinical counselor

Angel is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and a cinematographer. Angel has a B.A. in Psychology, an A.F.A in film and will obtain an M.A. in Clinical Counseling December 2016.