Oneida Indian Nation Documentary to be Featured at Syracuse International Film Festival this Sunday

A special film series, presented in collaboration with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and included as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival program, will take place at Turning Stone on Saturday, Oct. 13. Additionally, Oneida Indian Nation documentary “People of the Standing Stone,” narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner and directed by Ric Burns, will also be screened at the Syracuse Film Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14. 

Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (October 10, 2018) – The Oneida Indian Nation announced today two separate film events taking place this weekend, in collaboration with both Sundance Institute and Syracuse International Film Festival, respectively.


A special evening of film screenings, presented through a joint initiative with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and included as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival program, will take place at Turning Stone on Saturday, October 13. The approximately 90-minute event will include an introduction by Sundance Institute senior staff, a curated series of six short films by award-winning filmmakers from around the country, and a special Q&A with Mud director Shaandiin Tome. The evening offers Central New Yorkers interested in independent films an opportunity to meet with Sundance Institute staff and filmmakers to learn more about the industry.

The October 13 film series at Turning Stone is free and open-to-the-public. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event will take place in the resort’s Cypress Room. Guests interested in attending should RSVP to or call 315.361.8191.

This event serves as the launch of a multi-faceted collaboration between the Oneida Indian Nation and the Sundance Institute, designed to expand the reach of storytellers in Upstate New York. The collaboration will include a series of local film screenings and workshops throughout the coming months, as well as a yearlong Fellowship for one local aspiring Native filmmaker, who will be announced in early 2019.


People of the Standing Stone, a 25 minute documentary narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner, directed by award-winning documentarian Ric Burns and produced by the Oneida Indian Nation, gives voice to the Oneida people’s tremendous story of courage and generosity as they helped America forge its independence during the Revolutionary War. The documentary will be included in the Syracuse International Film Festival on Sunday, October 14.

The People of the Standing Stone screening is scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at 4:45 p.m. at the Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building at Syracuse University. Single program admission is $10.

The Syracuse Film Festival runs October 10-14 in locations throughout Syracuse.

About the Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,700 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, RV Park, three marinas, Tin Woodman’s Flask, a wine and spirits superstore, and Four Directions Productions, a 3D animation HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.