Unearthed

James receives news that will upset the balance of the lives of his elder farmer parents and his young son. "Unearthed" is a film about reconciling those familial conflicts that lie beneath the surface.

  • Terry Jones
    Director
    Give and Take, Scarlett, Soup For My Brother
  • Govind Deecee
    Director
    Give and Take, Scarlett, Empire State
  • Terry Jones
    Writer
  • Govind Deecee
    Writer
  • Clint Jones
    Key Cast
    Gripped
  • Philip Ewing
    Key Cast
  • Regina Jones
    Key Cast
  • Kaivin Jones
    Key Cast
    Gripped
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, farming, haudenosaunee, American Indian, First Nations
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2017
  • 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:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • First Nations Film and Video Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    November 3, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika FilmFestival
    Stuttgart
    Germany
    January 19, 2018
    International
Director Biography - Terry Jones, Govind Deecee

“Unearthed” 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,” “Gripped” 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.