Give and Take

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Available on 1/11/2020 GMT
'Give and Take' is a story about Chris Green (Rick Kolceski), a linguistic anthropologist who wants to record Indigenous songs for his research. When Chris arrives at a nearby reservation to meet with a community elder, an American Indian trickster (Awenheeyoh Powless) lures him into the forest. 'Give and Take' was filmed on the Onondaga Nation Territory in central New York State.

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“Give and Take” is a collaborative effort by Terry Jones, Govind Deecee and Erin Perkins. All three filmmakers recently graduated from Syracuse University with bachelor degrees in film.

Terry Jones grew up on the Cattaraugus Indian reservation and is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians from New York State. Jones participated extensively in study abroad programs. Terry took part in summer art and film programs in Florence and Bologna, Italy. He also studied in the Czech Republic at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), studying 35mm filmmaking. In the fall of 2015, Jones’ collaborative short film (with Govind Deecee) “Give and Take” premiered at the LA Skins Film Festival where he was awarded the “2015 Emerging Filmmaker” award. Most recently, Terry traveled to India to film portions of his senior capstone film project called “Gathered Places: An Indian Documentary Film”.

Govind Deecee is originally from the city of Kottayam which is located in Southern India. 

Erin Perkins is from Minneapolis, MN.

Director Statement

Terry Jones is a Native American filmmaker and educator currently living on the Seneca Nation territory in Western New York. Growing up on an American Indian reservation has given Jones a unique worldview perspective. Jones has a passion for sharing Iroquois history and culture through his videos and sharing of indigenous foods. It is Jones’ intention to engage his audiences’ five senses through his work.

Jones would like to use his art as an agent of change. Like many other communities, Jones' home territory is confronted with many issues that negatively impact its quality of life (loss of language, drug abuse, diabetes, environmental dangers, public safety and injustice). It is his hope that his future film projects will promote and facilitate dialogue that can influence changes in public policy.

Credits

Directed by Terry Jones
Govind Deecee
Erin Perkins

Production Company Torn Jersey Media

Produced by Terry Jones
Govind Deecee

Cast Awenheeyoh Powless
Rick Kolceski

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