Festival Visions: Without Arrows


Festival Visions: Without Arrows

Please note…

This online screening has reached its registration capacity*.
* Except Arts Circle and Film Lover Members – see ‘Registration Information’ below

Festival Visions, now in its second year, is a series that shines a light on films discovered this year in regional film festivals across the US. We’re excited to present these exceptional titles that are currently without distribution and deserve to be seen by a wider audience.

You’re invited to join us for an online screening of Without Arrows, followed by a pre-recorded conversation with directors/producers Jonathan Olshefski and Elizabeth Day, moderated by Ryan Weibush (Programmer, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival).

Without Arrows was selected for Festival Visions in partnership with the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and will screen alongside AIKĀNE. (Remember, no need to register for both of these titles – as long as you register for one film, you’ll be able to see both.)

Jonathan Olshefski received the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2018 Spirit Awards, and he and Elizabeth Day participated in the 2022 Film Independent Documentary Lab with Without Arrows.
Filmed over the course of thirteen years (2011-2023), Without Arrows chronicles the vibrance and struggle of a Lakȟóta family. Delwin Fiddler Jr., a champion grass dancer from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, left his reservation as a young man to escape a trauma that splintered his family and built a new life in Philadelphia. A decade later he abandons it all and returns home to fulfill his mother’s ambition and carry on the legacy of their thiyóšpaye (extended family).

2022, 93 minutes, color | Directed by Jonathan Olshefski & Elizabeth Day | Featuring Delwin Fiddler Jr., Shirley Eagletail Fiddler, Delwin Fiddler Sr., Kassi Phoenix Fiddler, Derek Fiddler, Perry “Lil Man” Crow | Produced by Elizabeth Day & Jonathan Olshefski | Executive Produced by Lois Vossen, Carrie Lozano, Francene Blythe-Lewis

Registration Information

Film Independent Members and the general public can register for this event starting at 10:00 am PT on Wednesday, June 26. | Registration is free; one registration per individual.

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to this event; email for more information.

How to Watch

On the first day of screening availability, registrants (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.


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