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Something Inside is Broken


In 1846, there was a slave revolt inside Sutter’s Fort. All the Native slaves were rescued, including Sutter’s favorite slave girl, My-Koolay. His anger and rage led to threats of genocide. Hence an honorable betrayal by one of Sutter’s Nisenan soldiers, Mosus, pitted one brother against the other to save their tribe from being eliminated.

This Native American Musical based on actual historical events, focuses on the untold story of how Natives were slaves under Johann Sutter’s Mexican reign.

: 57 Minutes

Release: October 28, 2023

Expiration: October 27, 2027

Distributor: NETA

Rights: Unlimited releases over a four (4) years beginning 10/28/23;

SCH/1YR (for K-12); and non-commercial cable rights.

Jack Kohler

JACK KOHLER, Hoopa, Yurok and Karuk, earned an engineering degree from Stanford, but his right brain wanted to create, so he became a filmmaker. He established On Native Ground, a Hoopa Tribal non-profit film/media organization in 2006 out of a need for Indigenous voices to tell their own stories and history. On Native Ground has multitudes of film awards. “River of Renewal” was Jack’s first feature documentary, funded by Native American Public Telecommunications. It garnered Best Documentary from the American Indian Film Festival. He was also the co-Producer of "California's Lost Tribes,” another Native American Public Telecommunications film, which was also a part of the "California and the American Dream" series on PBS. Jack also created a 13-part television series called "On Native Ground Reports" for the FNX. He recently wrote “Gift of Fear” with his daughter, Carly. He also co-Directed and edited the film which has won 24 awards and will be distributed in 2024.

Alan Wallace

Executive Producer
Alan Wallace (Nisenan Maidu, Washoe) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is centered on reversing the Nisenan language decline in his community through his creative practice. Wallace takes a philosophical retrospective in this episode in examining his life, influences, and the path ahead in his practice and its legacy in his community.

Simón Wilson

Music Director
Simón Wilson is an award-winning Los Angeles based film and television composer. After studying with Theodore Shapiro and working on major studio productions, he has gone on to score documentaries, write additional music for Netflix, Disney and NBC. He also regularly contributes music to Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers and Extreme Music catalog. Simón holds the Best Music award at LA’s 48 Hour Film Festival and some of his latest music can be heard on National Geographic, Paramount and Showtime. Simón is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a classically trained singer.

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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.


Project 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.