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A gifted young woman launches into the darkness to find a way to save her people. What she uncovers, nobody expected.
Darkness takes the world, with only around 10 minutes of light left each day. Humanity is dying. A gifted young woman is sent out into the darkness in a last-ditch effort to find a lifeline. If she returns empty-handed, or without the guard sent out with her to document the findings, she’ll be left to the darkness, and whatever lies within. A 21st-Century reinterpretation of a Cherokee oral story.
A Dallas-born Cherokee filmmaker, Sarah grew up on-set and backstage, and has been involved in the arts ever since. Her directorial work has been seen in festivals such as LA SkinsFest and the Green Bay Film Festival. Outside of writing and directing her own films, she focuses on documentary and narrative cinematography, with work recently shown at the Austin Film Festival, the Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase, and seen on PBS. She has taught courses in color correction for Austin Film Society, and undergraduate Editing at the University of Texas Austin. She is also passionate about Native representation in popular culture, and telling Native stories on screen. Sarah earned her B.A. from Vassar College as a Film Studies major with a correlate sequence in Native American Studies. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin. She now works as a freelance filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film Production at the University of Mississippi. Her work can be seen at www.sarahhennigan.com.
I grew up listening to traditional Cherokee stories, and as a kid always loved imagining myself among them. How would I have tried to face the often dire situations that our ancestors and brethren in the animal world fought through to get us here? That wonder drove me to write Light, years later. With the ever-looming threat of global war and environmental disaster, I looked to the future, imagining ourselves in a world that’s trying to end the human race. Could we ever survive? Should we? Light, while strongly rooted in those stories I heard growing up, is less of an origin story and more a story of rebirth. I am incredibly passionate about indigenous representation in contemporary media, and thrilled to be bringing a story to the screen exploring an indigenous perspective in a modern dystopian setting.