Blood Memory


The Main 4 Wed, Apr 10, 2019 7:00 PM
The Main 4 Thu, Apr 11, 2019 4:15 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature Competition
Tags:Indigenous Peoples
Minnesota Made
Culture & Society
Social Justice
Native American
Health & Wellness
Release Year:2019
Runtime:110 min
Website:Official Website
Director:Drew Nicholas
Executive Producer:Shirley K. Sneve
Producer:Drew Nicholas
Megan Whitmer
Elizabeth Day
Olivia Vaughn
Cinematographer:Bryan Heller
Benedict Baldauff
Drew Nicholas
Doug Michaels
Editor:Jason Elrod
Composer:William Stankay


Filmmaker Attending.

A story of healing intergenerational wounds and the fight to undo the horrors of the past, Drew Nicholas’ film Blood Memory refuses to shy away from the truth of history. America’s Indian Adoption Era may not be widely discussed in present-day society, but its ramifications are clear. During the era, Native children were stolen from their families and forced to assimilate, the process itself designed to wipe out generations of culture, language and communal connections. As a member of the stolen generation, Sandy White Hawk spent half of her adult life reclaiming her Sicangu Lakota heritage. Today, Sandy is helping heal the still very much present wounds of her community. Meanwhile, there’s Mark Fiddler, a Twin Cities-based adoption attorney and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who is working to dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act - a law passed in 1978 to halt the removals of Sandy’s generation and keep Indian children connected to family and culture.

Director Biography

Drew Nicholas

Filmmaker Drew Nicholas co-founded In Medias Res, a Pittsburgh-based film collective which produced the micro-budget feature film I’m A Stranger Here Myself. In addition to independent filmmaking Drew also works as a Location Scout/Manager on industry productions including the Netflix Original Series Mindhunter and Annapurna’s Foxcatcher. Blood Memory is Drew’s feature film directorial debut.