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Shaandiin Tome’s Mud accepted into 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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The 9-minute short features talent from Shiprock, Albuquerque, and Fort Defiance

LOS ANGELES — The Sundance Institute released its Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events selections for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Dec. 4.

Among those chosen is Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) a film about Ruby, a young Navajo mother, who faces the inescapable remnants of alcohol, family and culture on the last day of her life.

Mud writer and director Shaandiin Tome wrote the script earlier this year, having known the impacts of alcoholism on her own family growing up.

“This film serves as a reality that a lot of Native people face, but it is also a conversation starter to how we as a people can strive towards a life where we are able to discuss the harshness of addiction and the impact it has on not only those addicted but the community as well,” Tome said. “But most of all, I wrote Mud to capture a mother-son relationship and how a mother is striving to tell her son she loves him.”

The nine minute short film will premiere at four screenings in Park City, Utah in January 2018. The first premier is Saturday, Jan. 20, at Temple Theater. It shows again on Monday, Jan. 22, Tuesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 25.

Cast in the film are Trini King of Shiprock, Forest Goodluck of Albuquerque, and Ernest David Tsosie of Fort Defiance.

More information is available at: www.sundance.org.