Willow Women - A Native American Story

Preserving Traditions: The enigmatic Kumeyaay Native American tribe embracing handmade crafts in a secretive realm.

In a world immersed in technology and global connectivity, the existence of a Native American tribe thriving in a secretive realm may seem surreal. Yet, their choice to embrace handmade crafts as a means of preserving their cultural heritage is a testament to their resilience and commitment to their ancestral roots. Through their mastery of pottery, beadwork, basketry, and jewelry-making, this tribe weaves an intricate tapestry of tradition and beauty, ensuring that their art forms continue to captivate and inspire generations to come. As we celebrate their craftsmanship, let us also remember the importance of honoring and preserving the diverse cultural legacies that enrich our collective human experience.

  • Steven Mason
  • Ariel Vargassal
  • Fabiola Neri
  • Liz de Dios
  • Julius Palecio
  • Annie Jeeves
  • Daniel Broadhurst
  • Maria Eva Carrillo Vega
    Key Cast
  • Yanet Salazar Carrillo
    Key Cast
  • Salma Torres Salazar
    Key Cast
  • Federico Corrillo Zepeda
    Key Cast
  • Blake Nakoa
  • Melissa Little Wolf
    Music by
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 29, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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    United States
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  • Tokyo International Film Festival
    October 3, 2023
    Asian Premiere
Director Biography - Steven Mason, Ariel Vargassal

Moving to Los Angeles in 2003 he met people in the industry which lead him to entertainment. He continues training with Wella, Sebastian, and Vidal Sassoon to give clients the best cut, color, or style for their personality, lifestyle, and skin. Making sure his clients will look great even when he is not around.

Mason works on music videos, commercials, editorials, TV shows, advertisements, and red-carpet events with celebrities such as Mary Steenburgen, Kim Dickens, Tamara Mowry, Rhea Seehorn, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Winnick, and Meghan Hilty.

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Director Statement

Steven Mason does what he loves and is passionate about! Born in Louisiana and raised in North Carolina, Mason was always interested in the visual arts. Attending Leon’s Beauty School in North Carolina in 2000, he worked for Leon’s Salon before needing more freedom to create!