JOHN REDDY as Johnny Winters
John Reddy is Lakota, born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He is a recent graduate from Pine Ridge High School and an experienced horse rider. John shares a close bond with his extensive family.
WINNER - Best New Actor Award at Bend Film Festival
JASHAUN ST. JOHN as Jashaun Winters
Jashaun is Lakota, born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She is a 8th grader at Red Cloud High School where she plays basketball on the school team. Jashaun is also a jingle and fancy shawl dancer.
WINNER - Best Actress at Red Nation Film Festival
IRENE BEDARD as Lisa Nelson
Irene starred in films such as Smoke Signals, Lakota Woman, Crazy Horse, The New World, Siege at Wounded Knee. She is the voice and physical model of Pocahontas. Irene is also a producer and an activist.
TAYSHA FULLER as Aurelia Clifford
Taysha grew up in Ohsweken, Ontarion Canada on the Six Nations Reservation. She is best known for her work on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Taysha is also a contemporary dancer.
TRAVIS LONE HILL AS Travis Lone Hill
Travis is Lakota and was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A former Gates scholar, Travis is a father, visual artist, tattoo artist and prolific poet.
ELEONORE HENDRICKS as Angie LaPrelle
Eléonore starred in films such as Pleasure of Being Robbed, Daddy Longlegs, The Black Balloon, Heaven Knows What, Bad Fever, Nancy Please and Stinking Heaven. She is also a photographer and a casting director.
CHLOÉ ZHAO - Writer/Director/Producer/Editor
Chloé is a Beijing-born, US-based filmmaker. Her 2015 feature debut “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” premiered in US Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for Best First Film, Best Cinematography and Someone to Watch Award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards. She was supported by organizations such as Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, IFP, Film Independent, Cinereach and Time Warner Foundation and was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Chloé received her BA in Politics from Mt Holyoke College and MFA in Film Production from NYU. She is currently working on two feature films both set in the American heartland.
ANGELA C. LEE – Producer
Angela is an independent film producer. Her first feature film, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. She is a 2015 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and has also been supported by Film Independent, IFP, the PGA Diversity Workshop and the Center for Asian American Media. Angela is also the Artist Development Manager at Film Independent. Previously, Angela served as Director of Creative Affairs at Vox3 Films in New York. A native Chicagoan, Angela graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics and is on the Board of Directors for the University of Chicago National Arts Alumni Network.
MOLLYE ASHER – Producer
Mollye is a two time Spirit Award nominated producer based in NYC. Her most recent film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (writer/director: Chloé Zhao), premiered in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight. She is also the producer of the 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner, Fort Tilden (writer/directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers), which was distributed in theaters and on VOD in August of 2015 by MGM/ Orion. She's Lost Control (writer/director: Anja Marquardt), had its World Premiere at the 2014 Berlinale, US Premiere at SXSW 2014, and NY Premiere at New Directors/ New Films. It was released theatrically by Monument Releasing in March 2015 and is currently available on VOD. Mollye is a FIND Producing Lab and Fast Track alum, IFP Narrative Lab alum, TAP fellow and earned her Masters in film from NYU’s Graduate Film Program. She is currently the Operations Manager at Gamechanger Films.
NINA YANG BONGIOVI – Producer
Nina Yang Bongiovi is a seasoned film professional with over 16 years of combined production, finance and management experience in the entertainment industry between Hollywood and Asia. Nina develops and produces feature films, television, documentaries and digital content for Significant Productions based in Los Angeles, California. This year, Nina and her Producing Partner, Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker, returned to the Sundance Film Festival 2015 with two films: Dope, written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, written and directed by Chloé Zhao, in U.S. Dramatic Competition. Dope won the Special Grand Jury Award for Excellence in Editing and was released by Open Road Films and Sony Pictures International; Both Dope and Songs My Brothers Taught Me had its international premiere at 2015’s Cannes Film Festival in Directors Fortnight. Nina and Forest also produced the critically acclaimed, Fruitvale Station, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, which won The Audience and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013, Cannes Film Festival’s L’Avenir Award, alongside 40+ prestigious awards worldwide and was released theatrically by The Weinstein Co. Significant Productions strives to be at the forefront of discovering emerging talent and quality projects, with a focus on diversity in front of and behind the camera. Nina is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and received her Master’s degree in Entertainment Management from the University of Southern California.
FOREST WHITAKER - Producer
Forest is an Academy Award Winner, actor, producer, director and philanthropist. Over three decades of breakthrough work, Forest remains one of the most sought after talent in Hollywood and abroad. As a producer, Forest produced the critically- acclaimed Fruitvale Station (2013), Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) and Dope (2015) through Significant Productions with his producing partner, Nina Yang Bongiovi — with all three films premiering at Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition and Cannes Film Festival. Forest is the UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation and has built workshops in conflicts zones around the world (South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico and Myanmar) through his foundation, The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. Forest is a champion of unique voices, as well as an influencer in world affairs. Significant Productions strives to be at the forefront of discovering emerging talent and quality projects, with a focus on diversity in front of and behind the camera.
JOSHUA JAMES RICHARDS – Director of Photography
Joshua is an award winning New York based cinematographer hailing from the coast of Cornwall in South West England. He is nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2016 Independent Spirit Award and won Best Cinematography Debut at the 2015 Camerimage Film Festival in Poland for his work on Chloé Zhao's critically acclaimed Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Sundance, Cannes Director's Fortnight, AFI). His other work has been screened at festivals worldwide including the Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW, New Directors New Films, Telluride Film Festival and LA Film Festival. After studying fine art, creative writing and photography, Josh received his MFA in Film Production from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where he was a finalist of The Volker Bahnemann Award. Josh is currently represented by LA based agency Artistry.
ALAN CANANT – Editor
Alan’s most recent project is Songs My Brothers Taught Me, in competition at Sundance (2015), produced by Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions. Previously he edited Hellion, starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (2014). Called “A Raw, Honest, Special Film,” it is distributed by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Among his other work is Nature Calls (Magnolia Pictures), and The Catachism Cataclysm (IFC Films) starring Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) and Robert Longstreet (Take Shelter), executive produced by David Gordon Green. Alan's documentary credits include Girl Model, "the riveting breakout hit" of the Toronto Film Festival and winner of Best Documentary at the Rome International Film Festival. It is distributed by First Run Features and appeared on POV. Other nonfiction work has aired on PBS, Discovery, MTV and ABC. Alan's short format work includes producing and editing promos and trailers. Some of the networks and shows he has edited for include Sundance Channel (Top of the Lake), AMC (Breaking Bad), Showtime (Showtime Championship Boxing), NBC (Save Me), and BBC America (Luther, Dr Who) where he won a PromaxBDA award. Alan lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Louiza Vick at WPA.
PETER GOLUB – Composer
Peter Golub is the composer of numerous concert works as well as scores for film, theatre and ballet. His score for “Stolen” was awarded a Best Music Award at the 2005 Avignon Film Festival. Recent film scores include “American Gun” (starring Forrest Whittaker, Donald Sutherland and Marcia Gay Harden); “Wordplay”, a documentary about Will Shortz and the New York Times Crossword Puzzle; “The Laramie Project” (an HBO film with Steve Buscemi,Laurey Linney, Christina Ricci ); “Sunset Story”; and “Americano” (with Joshua Jackson and Dennis Hopper). His many theatre scores include productions at The New York Shakespeare Featival (most recently “Measure for Pleasure”), The Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights Horizon, ART (the musical “The Idiots Karamazov” with lyrics by Christoher Durang), Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Globe, the Huntington, Williamstown Theatre Festival and others. For ten years he was Composer-in-Residence at Charles Ludlam’s legendary Ridiculous Theatrical Company in Greenwich Village. His musical, “Amphigorey”, based on stories by Edward Gorey, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. His ballets include: “The Gilded Bat”, also with text and designs by Edward Gorey, performed at the Kennedy Center by Ballet West; “The Lost World”, commissioned by Edward Villella for the Miami City Ballet; “Trainon”, based on music of Rameau, for the Atlanta Ballet; and “Straight Through the Heart”, based on music of Jerome Kern, for the Milwaukee Ballet. He received a Doctorate in Composition from the Yale School of Music where his teachers included Toru Takemitsu, Jacob Druckman and Henry Brant. Golub’s concert works have been performed by Peter Serkin and Tashi, The Brooklyn Philharmonia and numerous chamber groups and soloists at Carnegie and Merkin Recital Halls, BAM, the Frankfurt Opera, Wigmore Hall, and other venues. He is the Director of the Sundance Film Music Program.