Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) is a filmmaker and programmer based in Southern California whose practice is deeply informed by his Indigenous heritage and cinematic tradition. He received a BA in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from the University of California and an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts. His films have screened widely at festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, and San Francisco International Film Festival. He is associate director of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program, and has worked as a programmer for AFI FEST, LA Film Festival, and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. He is also cofounder of COUSIN, a collective supporting Indigenous artists expanding the form of film.
A relative’s likeness surfaces as a tattoo on the arm of a Ukrainian soldier and an army base in Oklahoma, built to fight Kiowa and Apache, is rededicated to aid in the fight against Putin’s Western expansion. Adam Piron explores the contradictions of colonialism and anti-settler solidarity across time, geography and the muddled spaces of TikTok, where representations of Indigenous peoples are caught up in the chaotic circulation of images.