A Father must overcome his fears in order to pass custom and tradition on to his Son.

  • Terry Jones
    Give and Take, Scarlett, Soup For My Brother, Unearthed
  • Govind Deecee
    Give and Take, Scarlett, Empire State, Unearthed
  • Clint Jones
    Key Cast
  • Kaivin Jones
    Key Cast
  • Terry Jones
    Scarlett, Gripped, Unearthed, Empire State
  • Govind Deecee
    Scarlett, Gripped, Unearthed, Empire State
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  • Genres:
    Short, Narrative, Drama, Native American, American Indian, culture, historical trauma
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First Nations Film and Video Festival
    United States
    May 2, 2017
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Terry Jones, Govind Deecee

“Gripped” is a collaborative effort by Terry Jones and Govind Deecee. Jones grew up on the Cattaraugus Indian reservation and is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians from New York State. Deecee grew up and lives in Kottayam, India, which is located in the southern part of India. In 2016, both filmmakers graduated from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts with bachelor's degrees in film.

Previously, Jones and Deecee collaborated on short films such as “Scarlett,” “Unearthed” and "Empire State."

In 2015, Jones and Deecee (along with Erin Perkins) premiered their short film "Give and Take" at the LA Skins Fest where they were awarded the 2015 Emerging Filmmaker Award.

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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.