Student Film - Senior Project

My name is Jordana R. Bass, and my HoChunk name is Hutá Ža Manį Inga (Walking in the Light). I am currently a senior at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. I will be graduating with my BFA in Cinematic Arts in Technology. I consider myself an aspiring filmmaker and I am eager to tell stories and create films about my tribe. I belong to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Currently I am working on my 3rd and 4th film, with my first film being an Official Selection at the 2020 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.  

About the Project: This will be a 2 Part Short Film. First being "Within the Bluffs", which is the story of 3 Hunters from Louisiana who visit a small reservation in Nebraska. The hunters are introduced to Kumwak, who is a mysterious Native American man. Kumwak tells them of a sacred cave that is hidden "in the bluffs" along the Missouri river. The hunters test their boundaries by setting out to be the first to discover the cave.

The 2nd film is called "Kumwak", which is the story of a shapeshifting man who needs to use his power every full moon, to remain pure. But dealing with internal struggle of addiction, he needs to choose whether he wants to use his power for good, or let the power of the brown bottle take hold of who he is. 

These are brief synopsis' of the films. Both films will have the same characters,  same style, along the same story lines, but told from different perspectives; as it pertains to the protagonist of each film. 


As a student, it's evident that it is a struggle to find funding for projects. I was fortunate enough to raise a portion of my budget towards these 2 projects, but I feel that our production would benefit with more funding.

So therefore, I am humbly asking for your assistance in helping me raise those funds. As a Senior Film Student, the Senior Projects could help you get into graduate school. As the first recipient of the George RR Martin Literary Foundation Master Storyteller Scholarship, I would truly appreciate it. I will continue to do what I can to grow as a Storyteller and Filmmaker.

If you want to see my most recent Project, here is the link: An Endless Backroad FILM
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