by Lindy West
on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM
I've written about fly filmmaking before, and my feeling is that it's really more for filmmakers than audiences. It's an exercise—an interesting one, but not one I necessarily want to [pay to] watch. But SIFF (in partnership with Longhouse Media), smartly turns that process into something meaningful with SuperFly Filmmaking, in which mentors from the film community (Sherman Alexie, Reel Grrls) travel to an area Native American reservation and, over the course of 36 hours, help 50-60 students (60% of whom are Native or indigenous) to storyboard, shoot, and edit their films. This year's student filmmakers will all work from the same script, written by Princess Lucaj (you can download and read it, if you're interested, at the Longhouse Media website).
It's a great program, and a relief—to me—to see fly filmmaking turned into something more constructive than a kooky novelty. This year's SuperFly is taking place as we speak at Squaxin Island Reservation. The films screen tomorrow, 4 pm, at the FutureWave Shorts presentation at the Egyptian.