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Blood Memory

Documentary Feature (107 min) | Drew Nicholas


Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era – a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony.

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Drew Nicholas co-founded the film collective In Medias Res, for which he performed many tasks from concept to completion, including co-producing the micro-budget feature I’m A Stranger Here Myself and producing video content that helped raise over $420,000 to preserve the Pittsburgh community landmark Kraynick’s Bike Shop. Drew’s films have been recognized by Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, New Filmmakers: New York, the Sprout Fund, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. In addition to independent filmmaking he works as a Location Scout/Manager on industry productions, such as the Netflix Original Series Mindhunter. Drew earned a B.A. in Cinema and Digital Arts from Point Park University and studied creative writing/poetry at Naropa University. Blood Memory is his feature film debut.