Watch the Film That Earned an 18-Year-Old Director a Trip to the White House


Last Friday, Keanu Jones' short film "Giving Back the Navajo Way" was one of 15 that screened in the 2015 White House Film Festival. Jones, an 18-year-old high school senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, was on hand at the screening, and got to meet President Obama and rub elbows with celebrities like actress Hilary Swank and director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).

 “I’ve never really thought that making a simple three-minute film would even take me to the White House or to see Obama,” Jones told Cronkite News.

Below, you can see Jones' film, which covers a number of topics, including caring for elders and water management; all 15 of the selections are viewable on the Festival's page at the White House website.

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Patrice Lamoree
Submitted by Patrice Lamoree on
Media is not a job. It's a vocation made holy by its dedication to truth. Congratulations to this new INDEPENDENT film-maker, Keanu Jones, good wishes and hope to him and to his community. Sat nam!

Elaine Hutton
Elaine Hutton
Submitted by Elaine Hutton on
From the mouths of much truth! I find it fascinating that this young man can give so much time, labor and love to others at a time when he could be focused elsewhere. I send him warm wishes and thank him for his powerful message. As a grandmother, I send him love.