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Lookout 32

Dramatic Short | Littlebear Sanchez

In the summer of 2023, after getting into trouble with tribal law enforcement, Kansas Rios arrives at the park ranger’s office in Nez Perce Reservation, Idaho to fulfill 3 months of community service. The Chief Park Ranger Mrs. Spotted Eagle informs Kansas about a position at a remote fire lookout that would require him to stay there for 3 weeks–day and night–and of course respect all tribal cultural protocols. She warns him that no one has been in that watchtower since the last lookout died under mysterious circumstances. Skeptical and looking to get out of the tribal community service as quickly as possible, Kansas accepts the position.



Littlebear Sanchez

LITTLEBEAR SANCHEZ (Lipan Apache Band of Texas) is a Two-spirited filmmaker and founder of Wild Butterfly Productions. They have previously worked in productions for other short films, music videos and experimental films. Their focus is primarily creating a diverse cast and crew to create meaningful storytelling.

Sheila Rocha

SHEILA ROCHA (Tarasco/Pure'pecha) holds a PhD from the University of Arizona in American Indian Studies, an MA in English with a minor in Native American Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing from UNO/UNK. She studied with Red Medicine author and specialist, Dr. Patrisia Gonzales. She served as the editor of Red Ink magazine and is the founding Chair of the first BFA Performing Arts Department in tribal college history at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. She most recently worked with TMC casting companies providing multiple speaking roles for Native students and Indigenous community members in Northeast New Mexico.

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.