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Four Nights and A Fire

Dramatic Short | Alexander Nystrom

FOUR NIGHTS AND A FIRE revolves around an Ojibwe ceremony performed upon death of a loved one, where the spirit of a recently departed makes a four-day journey to the afterlife and must overcome temptations along the way. Robert prepares for a sacred fire ceremony in the woods that his father used to hunt in, desperate to feel close to him one last time. Meanwhile, the spirit of his father finds the flame and seeks to console his son, though he is only able to watch, and grieves that he cannot comfort him. As Robert fights to keep the flame alive, the spirit fights his fear of the inevitable transition to the afterlife.

TRT: 10 Minutes


Alex Nystrom

ALEX NYSTROM (Red Cliff Band of Chippewa Indians) is an Ojibwe writer, director and producer. His script Between was selected for the 2nd annual Indigenous List (2022) on THE BLACK LIST in partnership with ILLUMINATIVE and the SUNDANCE Indigenous Program, which highlights the top up-and-coming Indigenous film and television writers in the U.S. Nystrom’s upcoming short film Four Nights and a Fire was one of 10 short films chosen to be a recipient of a production grant via VOICES WITH IMPACT 2022 and was also selected for Vision Maker Media’s Creative Shorts Fellowship 2022.

Amman Abbasi

AMMAN ABBASI (Pakistani-American) is a writer-director, editor and composer. His feature film, Dayveon, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2018. Abbasi’s upcoming projects include The Quench.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.