As one of only 20 fluent Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) language speakers left in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Myia Antone is working to teach and preserve her language for generations to come. Using her mountain bike, Myia explores her sacred homelands with other Indigenous women, using the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language to point out geographical features and native plants on rides. Weaving complex conversations through nuanced layers of generational trauma, this film ultimately paints Indigenous joy as a vital element for a path forward.
After his time as an enlisted Forward Observer in the US Army, Andrew has spent the last decade working as a humanitarian & filmmaker in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, he was the producer (p.g.a.), cinematographer & editor of KIFARU (Audience Award at Full Frame, Grand Jury Winner at Slamdance). As the producer of KIFARU, Andrew secured exclusive access to the story of Sudan – the last northern white rhino male in existence – allowing the crew to capture the story of extinction in real-time for the first time in history. As the editor for KIFARU, he was nominated by Jackson Wild for Best Editing. Prior to that, Andrew spent three years building relationships within northern Kenya’s poaching network, unveiling the intricacies of the illegal ivory trade as the producer of WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS (Best Editing, Tribeca Film Festival); a recipient of Sundance’s Documentary Production Grant in 2017.
Andrew is a proud descendant of Chief Tarhe of the Huron-Wendat (First Nations of Canada). He also teaches directing at UNC School of the Arts in the film program and has been a programmer for feature documentaries for Slamdance Film Festival since 2021.