Runningwater, a 1994 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, is director of the Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program. In May 2011, Runningwater brought Film Forward to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation in Michigan, and he said the upcoming event in Sulphur is continuing the festival's commitment toward reaching out to American Indian filmmakers and artists as well as emphasizing the importance of independent filmmaking.
“You know, I think a lot of audiences get trained by the American studio system,” Runningwater said in a recent phone interview. “We like to present films that are definitely independent and really offer different points of view. Not just American points of view, but global.”
For a full listing of Film Forward events through Saturday, go to www.sundance.org/filmforward/destination/oklahoma-2012.