History Unwritten By: Aaron Jones
“History is Unwritten” Directed by Aaron Jones (Tulalip) and Produced by Longhouse Media, is a short-film set in a baby-forest in Tulalip, Washington, with ancestral Lushootseed as the narrating dialect, recognizing history as a source of culture and seasons and vastly undocumented.
In 2006, Aaron Jones was introduced to filmmaking by his parents. Shortly after, he began to create independent films with his family and even with Longhouse Media in various short-film projects, including SuperFly Filmmaking and writing short story adaptations of Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Aaron, 18, grew up in Tulalip, Washington. He distributes his time between school, film, music, and family.
“The reason why I’m interested in film/music/and media is because they are forms of art that are interdisciplinary to almost all other professional fields of art and business, as well as even regular or abnormal day life encounters. My future plans at The Evergreen State College are still in the early processes of being decided. However, I am quite certain of earning a bachelor’s degree in political science/pre-law and then move on to graduate school to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree and continue with filmmaking in my spare time.”
Longhouse Media Executive Director, Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw) and Program Manager, Lou Karsen are both filmmakers based at Longhouse Media in Seattle, WA. The mission of Longhouse Media is to catalyze Indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change. They draw from both traditional and modern forms of artistic expression, storytelling, teaching, and inquiry. Longhouse Media’s well-developed Native Lens program supports the growth and expression of Native youth through digital media making and holistic education. Since January 2005 they have served over 2200 youth and 37 tribal communities and have created 360 films. Their film projects have been successfully shown on National PBS, Independent Lens, National Geographic, ImagineNative and at Festival de Cannes.
For more information on Longhouse Media go to: http://www.longhousemedia.org
LRI-Language Preservation Matt Remle