This one-minute film is about a literal and figurative rescue. This experimental film contains no narration or dialogue.

  • Terry Jones
    Give and Take, Scarlett, Soup For My Brother, Unearthed
  • Tia Naayem
    Dropped, Wake, Driven
  • Govind Deecee
    Give and Take, Scarlett, Empire State, Unearthed
  • Erin Perkins
    Dropped, Wake, Give and Take
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    experimental, extreme short, one-minute, student
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Terry Jones, Tia Naayem, Govind Deecee, Erin Perkins

“Wake” is a collaborative effort by Terry Jones, Tia Naayem, Govind Deecee and Erin Perkins. All four 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”.

Tia Naayem is originally from Lebanon but currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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.