Native Evolution Wins Best of Class at SWAIA!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 8th, 2015 Last Updated on: September 8th, 2015


Congratulations to filmmaker Kyle Bell and artist Steven Grounds of Native Evolution! The short documentary “Native Evolution” directed by Kyle Bell and based on Steven Grounds' artwork was entered in a film competition sponsored by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and won Best Documentary & Best of Class. SWAIA, in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Sundance, brings world-class Native American cinema to Santa Fe during Indian Market week.

Kyle was generous enough to share with us the official trailer for the documentary. Watch below!

Native Evolution (Official Trailer) from Kyle Bell on Vimeo.

Both Kyle and Steven were on hand for the screening of the film in Santa Fe. Steven even did a little live painting demonstration of Will Sampson.

Native Evolution (SWAIA live painting) from Kyle Bell on Vimeo.

Kyle and Steven also had the pleasure of meeting up with actor Wes Studi. Check out the cool drawing Steven gave Wes as a present!



The “Native Evolution” short film has also been selected to screen at the Louisville International Film Fest October 1st – 3rd in Kentucky.

For more information on the film and how you can see it, please follow Native Evolution at facebook.com/nativeevolution or twitter.com/nativeevolution

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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