Give and Take

“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.

  • Terry Jones
    Director
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  • Govind Deecee
    Director
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  • Erin Perkins
    Director
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  • Terry Jones
    Writer
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  • Govind Deecee
    Writer
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  • Erin Perkins
    Writer
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  • Terry Jones
    Producer
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  • Govind Deecee
    Producer
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  • Awenheeyoh Powless
    Key Cast
  • Rick Kolceski
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, trickster, American Indian, Anthropology, Haudenosaunee
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 13, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • LA Skins Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 14, 2015
    North American
    2015 Emerging Filmmaker
  • First Nations Film and Video Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    November 14, 2016
  • Kanatsiohareke Haudenosaunee Film Festival
    Fonda
    United States
    September 2, 2017
Director Biography - Terry Jones, Govind Deecee, Erin Perkins

“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.

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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.