Vision Maker Media Assistant Director and Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) Alumnus, Charlie Perry (Prairie Band Potawatomi) is behind “Nightmare Vision”, the first ever Indigenous horror film festival, showing online October 30-31.
Nightmare Vision is a follow up festival to Vision Maker Media’s First Indigenous Online Film Festival which had a successful five week run time earlier this year. Nightmare Vision will be free to the public and feature short films, documentaries, and feature full length films created by and for Indigenous people. Perry said, “We wanted to show Native American’s making contributions to contemporary society and not just being seen as relics of the past.”
Featured in Nightmare Vision is HINU alumnus Joe Singh (Cherokee) whose short films “Beyond the Fear” and “The Vampire Upstairs” will show alongside a two day lineup of Native films including Jeff Barnaby’s award winning feature film “Rhymes for Young Ghouls”. Perry said, “[The Vampire Upstairs] is a great example of if you have a camera and a dream and a good story you can make a film.”
When asked what Singh hopes he inspires in the next generation of filmmakers, Singh said, “Do it, is my advice to the younger generation. Do what you can, the best you can. Unleash the ideas.”
Nightmare Vision and Singh’s films may be found at: https://visionmakermedia.org/nightmare-vision/
Featured Image from left: Charlie Perry and Joe Singh, composite photos curtesy of Charlie Perry and Joe Singh.