The Mystery of Now

In the short film, “The Mystery of Now,” artist and Apache Skateboards founder, Douglas Miles shares socio-political context around the history that lead to life on the San Carlos Apache reservation, and the personal history of how and why he started a skateboard brand and team of local youth leaders. His advice on cultivating resilience, creativity, and joy, provides guidance in a time that for many feels uncertain, polarizing and divisive in our living rooms and around our dinner tables.

"It’s no mystery that the history of Native American people in this country has been overlooked, misrepresented and maligned to create a more heroic narrative for settlers to sell books, to sell land, and to sell movie tickets," Douglas shares. "In the middle of this cultural clash, stereotypes and battles for agency, one thing that has never ceased is Native creativity and the making of art. In our creativity we recreate ourselves, and in doing so we create and shape the world around us."

  • Audrey Buchanan
    Director
  • Audrey Buchanan
    Executive Producers
  • dream hampton
    Executive Producers
  • Archana Chattha
    Executive Producers
  • Vijay Chattha
    Executive Producers
  • Audrey Buchanan
    Writer
  • Douglas Miles
    Writer
  • Kaylee Cole
    Producer
  • Douglas Miles
    Producer
  • Carlos Reyes
    Director of Photography
  • Douglas Miles
    Key Cast
  • Douglas Miles Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Tashadawn Hastings
    Key Cast
  • Di'orr Greenwood
    Key Cast
  • Tray Polk
    Key Cast
  • Reuben Ringlero
    Key Cast
  • Tommy Guerrero
    Key Cast
  • Carlos Reyes
    Editors
  • Kevin Schlanser
    Editors
  • Alex Simon
    Composer & Sound Design
  • Kaylee Cole
    Music Supervision
  • Daniel N. Johnson
    Design & Animation
  • Tyler Hicks
    Art Direction
  • Oscar Reyes
    Art Direction
  • Ale Villegas
    Second Camera
  • Lewis Reif
    Steadicam
  • Tyler Hicks
    Associate Producers
  • Ethan Lipsitz
    Associate Producers
  • AJ Offerdahl
    Associate Producers
  • Bobby Bailey
    Consulting Producer
  • Carlos Reyes
    Colorist
  • Aaron Eberhardt
    Post Sound Mixer
  • Adrienne Alexander
    Legal Counsel
  • Doug Miles Jr.
    Skate Supervision
  • Oscar Reyes
    Skate Supervision
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Indigenous, Native American, Skateboarding, Action Sports, Street Art, San Carlos Apache
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • National Geographic Short Film Showcase

    United States
    January 18, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Audrey Buchanan

"The Mystery of Now" marks the directorial debut for Audrey Buchanan.

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