Crystal Frazier, subject of the 2007 documentary, 'Miss Navajo.' (Courtesy

Three Essential Native Films Go Digital


In terms of variety and excellence, you'd be hard-pressed to pick a trio of films about the Native American experience any better than the drama Barking Water (2009, dir. Sterlin Harjo), the historical documentary Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2000, dir. Anne Makepeace), and the contemporary documentary Miss Navajo (2007, dir. Billy Luther). All three were Sundance Film Festival selections, but their connection to the organization founded by Robert Redford is ongoing.

That point was proven today when, aided by the Sundance Institute's Artist Services program, the three acclaimed films had their online premieres. For filmmakers, distributing their work can be an arduous process, and even in the digital age there are plenty of hurdles and hassles. Sundance's Artist Services provides legal services to broker deals between filmmakers and online content providers.

Bottom line: These films can now be seen, on demand, through a wide variety of services.

All three are available through Sundance's own service, sundanceNOW, as well as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU and YouTube. In the coming weeks, they'll be accessible via Hulu, Netflix and SnagFilms.

Below are trailers for Barking Water, Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians, and Miss Navajo.

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