For Immediate Release: SuperFly Filmmaking Encourages Youth to Push the Boundaries of Digital Media

Seattle, WA – Longhouse Media invites you to attend the SuperFly 2014 Film Premiere on Saturday, May 31st at the Harvard Exit Theater as part of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

The 9th Annual SuperFly Filmmaking Experience, produced by Longhouse Media, kicks off on Thursday, May 29th @ 5:00 pm near the majestic Snoqualmie Falls in the valleys and foothills of the beautiful Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

What is Fly Filmmaking? It’s an extremely artistic, creative and stimulating form of filmmaking in which filmmakers and actors are able to showcase their skills, collaborate with other artists and premiere their work at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)! Based on the incredibly short time allotted to the filmmakers and actors, this process is referred to as “on the fly,” or Fly Filmmaking.

“When asked to create an innovative youth program for SIFF, we figured that we could set the bar high and give our students only two days to make their films, thus the creation of the term SuperFly!” said Longhouse Media’s Executive Director, Tracy Rector.

What is SuperFly? SuperFly is a 36‐hour filmmaking workshop in which 50 young filmmakers from around the country work in five teams to storyboard, direct, shoot and edit a collection of unique stories. This year talented mentors such as Sterlin Harjo, Ben Mullinkosson, Adrian Baker, Deidra Peaches, Jake Hoyungowa and BC Campbell, will guide students to delve into fascinating Snoqualmie community‐based stories. The theme of this year is about an escape from reality, a departure from the daily existence. The films will be a platform for the students to introduce us to far‐out ideas and wondrous landscapes. Each SuperFly team has less than two days to research, storyboard, shoot and edit their films.  The films premiere four hours after completion at SIFF as part of the SuperFly and Native Showcase Shorts Program screening Saturday, May 31st at 4:00 p.m.

The story telling and students have benefited from an incredibly talented pool of teaching artists, who essentially donate their time and skills to make this event happen for the youth.  “SuperFly has been transformative in my journey and I am a believer in the power of stories through film!”, said past mentor and musician, Owuor Arunga (Macklemore).

Previous SuperFly films (based on scripts by Sherman Alexie, Sterlin Harjo, Peter Bratt, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean and Sierra Ornelas) have played at festivals around the country, inspiring other communities to use digital media for education and social activism.

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. Longhouse Media draws from both traditional and modern forms of artistic expression, storytelling, teaching and inquiry.

Contact: Tracy Rector at

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