SHORT FILM: The One Who Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 12th, 2017 Blog


Every year, undergraduate and graduate Film Studies & Production students at the University of Denver work with faculty and each other to create original films on a topic of their choice. Students pitch the idea, write the script, find the actors, produce, direct, edit, and ultimately present their final products to the faculty and their peers.


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At this year's 2017 InShort Film Showcase, a film was made about a young pow wow dancer.

THE ONE WHO MAKES HAPPY THROUGH HER DANCING
A Native dancer weighs tradition and assimilation as she works to combine past and present into her art.

Production Team: Dustin Amick, Skyler Anselmo, Cami Serrano


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Enjoy the film below!

The One Who Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing from Sunstone Visions on Vimeo.

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2 thoughts on “SHORT FILM: The One Who Makes People Happy Through Her Dancing

  1. This was deeply moving. Thank you so much, The One Who Makes People Happy with Her Dancing. I grew up in the northeast corner of Oklahoma but did not learn until I was in my 30’s that one of my father’s grandmothers was half Cherokee. I love to dance and it would have been so wonderful to have experienced such an incredible heritage and been a true native dancer. I am however grateful to have lived in Miami with its nearness to multiple tribes. I have just discovered powwow.com in my elder age and I weep for all the sadness, the happiness, joy and the wealth of our collective human spirit. I wish I knew the Cherokee words to express that. (I attended an Asian Pacific Island event recently. We were encouraged to dress in our native garments. I dressed in a turquoise silk jacket, inside out, with the other side in an sunset orangie silk, with a Native turquoise/silver bracelet my dad bought me when I was eight, a very meaningful vintage charm bracelet and other accessories to express my heritable. At the check-in desk, I turned the name tag vertical and wrote my name at the top, followed by my Origins:
    Cherokee, English, German. The order of which indicated the authenticity and longevity of being in America.) I loved what you shared. Stay strong and true.

  2. So grateful to see this video. It was an intimate look into a young women’s moments around her feelings, and thoughts. She express’s her families heritage in a beautiful way with her dancing. The film/video was a good idea that reaches beyond an assignment. The twenty minutes connects the viewer with dancer. Keep Dancing!

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