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Little Chief

Short Drama (12 min) | Erica Tremblay


It’s just another typical day at a rural elementary school on a reservation in Oklahoma. Little Chief, the school’s mascot, appears faded on the walls as a proud symbol of a rich and complicated history. It’s a world that is stacked against them, but Sharon shows up each day to guide her 5th grade students through it. Bear is having a particularly hard time, enduring challenges both at home and in the classroom. He is desperate to escape it all, and Sharon is left chasing a little boy who is running to nowhere.

Erica Tremblay

Erica Tremblay is an award-winning filmmaker and digital strategist with over 10 years experience across interactive and video content. Her projects have screened at 60+ film festivals and her work has been featured on PBS, CNN and IFC. Erica’s films explore topics including violence against Indigenous women, restorative justice and issues impacting the two-spirit community. She has worked with many grassroots organizations including the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition and Wica Agli. In 2016, Erica was awarded a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship and in 2018, Erica was a Sundance Native Film Lab Fellow. Her film Little Chief premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was chosen by IndieWire as a “top ten must-see short film of the festival”. Erica was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Native American. She currently lives in Ithaca, NY where she is studying her Indigenous language.