-- Aaron Jones hopes to see his film this August when it's part
of the Smithsonian Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe, N.M.
also wants to see the screening of "History is Unwritten"
at this year's Albuquerque International Film Festival.
18, graduated from Tulalip Heritage High School on June 11. Producing
and directing the short film was his senior project, which he entered
in the Seattle Museum of History and Industry's first "History
Is ..." film competition.
produced the film as part of Longhouse Media's Native Lens' after-school
program at Tulalip Heritage School. He and a few of his friends
started work on the nearly four minute film in February and submitted
it in the competition in April.
is Unwritten" includes shots of cedar forests near Tulalip
Heritage High School and Quil Ceda Village. Jones has been playing
the piano for nine years and wrote the film's original score. The
piano music plays throughout the film while words written in English
but spoken in Lushootseed, a Coast Salish language, appear on screen.
Lushootseed language was largely unwritten until the 1960s. Jones
and his friends Yvonne Ancheta, Nick James, Becca Marteney, Nico
McLean and Kia Pablo brainstormed a list of words to fill in the
blank when they wrote the film's script.
list of more than 20 words was then turned over to the Tulalip Lushootseed
Language Department where Virginia Jones narrated the words.
is a lot of different things but 'History is Unwritten' came about
when I decided to put it in Lushootseed," said Jones, who is
a member of the Tulalip Tribes. "The native language was unwritten
for so long and the only way to preserve it was to learn it."
learned on May 7 that he earned the Best Emerging Filmmaker award
in the Museum of History and Industry's film competition. The film
was shown as part of the Seattle International Film Festival in
late May and will be part of an exhibit once the museum moves to
Lake Union Park in 2012.
said people have told him they like his film for different reasons.
Some like the language aspect while others comment on the original
musical score or the forest shots, he said.
added that he was surprised and happy with the award and the recognition
the film has received, but he's still a little critical of his own
you're the filmmaker you look at it and think, 'Why didn't I do
this instead of that?' " he said.
plans to attend The Evergreen State College in Olympia to study
political science, then attend law school. Music and filmmaking
will continue to be a part of his life, he said.
and filmmaking) are a way of expressing myself, I guess, and something
I really enjoy," Jones said. "I probably will make another
film one day, but for right now I'm just enjoying what this film