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2021 BLUFF FILM FESTIVAL presented by Bluff Arts Festival

Directed by: Various

Runtime: 90 min

Year: 2021

Rated: Not Rated

Film Type: Short Film Program

Post-film interviews with filmmakers

The very-popular Bluff Film Festival short film program is returning as part of the 2021 Bluff Arts Festival! Join us for a selection of short films and Q&As with the filmmakers.

This screening will also be available in-person as a “drive-in” experience at the Bluff Arts Festival, visit bluffartsfestival.org for more information.


Directed by Colin Rosemont | 16 min

This film examines the intersections of history, spirituality, colonialism, and contemporary archaeology through the experiences of archaeologists and Native Californians brought together by an excavation.

Directed by Jim Aiken | 4 min

Water. It’s one of the most critical resources we have. It’s also one of the most beautiful. Celebrate our waterways with a new collaboration, featuring the artwork of artist, athlete and activist, Jeremy Collins.

Directed by Nicholas Geib | 6 min

Follow Tyrrell Tapaha, a 6th generation Diné creative fiber artist originally from the Four Corners area, as he creates his tapestry from naturally derived dyes and native flora and fauna.

Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, & Joe Wilson | 8 min

Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden—until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.

Directed by Kate Rutherford | 6 min

See how the Farm To Crag Map celebrates the landscapes we climb in, the food that’s grown in these beautiful and wild places, and the inspiring people who cultivate both for our pleasure and nourishment!

Directed by Javier Fernandez & Greg Mionske | 10 min

The Red Desert in central Wyoming is the largest unfenced area in the continental United States. Out-of-state pressure from the oil and gas lobby is currently shaping how the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) manages this unique landscape. In order to raise awareness about this threatened ecosystem, several Wyoming conservation groups have banded together to organize a running race that brings runners, local stakeholders, and concerned citizens together to experience this special place and see exactly what is at stake.

Directed by Jason Bean | 7 min

Go along on the journey that Ku Stevens and others made from the Stewart Indian School to the Yerington Paiute Reservation during the Remembrance Run.

Directed by Chris Burkard | 17 min

Mylo Fowler grew up on the Navajo reservation, raised by its red dirt and wild horses. But a spiritual elder’s prophecy upends his entire vision of the future, and Mylo enters the unknown to discover his rightful place in the world.



What is Utah Film Center’s Community Spotlight program? Utah Film Center is sharing its online streaming platform to allow community groups to elevate their mission and message through film. We think of it as a virtual venue rental where nonprofits can “gather” to watch a film and dive deep into meaningful discussions. We are glad to offer a creative way to help nonprofits build and rally their community no matter where people are. Learn more by visiting: utahfilmcenter.org/community-spotlight.


Friday, October 15 @ 6:30 PM

Limited Time Streaming

Available to stream from October 15-22


Restrictions: Restricted to viewers in USA

ADA accommodations are available. If you have additional needs, please visit our Accessibility page to connect with an ADA coordinator.

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