After rediscovering a photograph of her long-lost mother, a Seattle based podcaster returns to her Ancestral Rez, determined to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother’s disappearance.
Leaves Awaken is set among the beautiful forests on the Salish Sea of Sk’elotses, the Lummi Nation homeland, a reservation west of Bellingham, WA.
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Leaves Awaken is a women-led, cross-cultural collaboration involving Good Film Works, Children of the Setting Sun Productions and Lummi Nation.
Writer & Director, Beth Pielert
Beth Pielert is a writer and director, transitioning to narrative from 20 years of award-winning documentary film production. Some of her documentary credits include The Corporation, winner of the Sundance Audience Award, and Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics on Trial, winner of the Independent Spirit Award.
Pielert formed Good Film Works in 2001 while writing & directing, Out of the Poison Tree for PBS, a documentary feature that explores truth and reconciliation for survivors of the Cambodian Genocide. She was a recent semi-finalist for the Middlebury Screenwriting Lab, and The Westridge SFFILM Development grant with her screenplay, The Vanishing Point. In addition to filmmaking, Pielert uses her photography in service of social justice. Pielert published two powerful photo essays: Vaquer@ Mexican@, which celebrates the Mexican cowboys and cowgirls of Half Moon Bay, and The faces of Standing Rock: 12 stunning photos of water protectors.
Co-Producer, Darrell Hillaire
Darrell Hillaire is a Lummi Nation Elder and the founder of Children of the Setting Sun Productions. Hillaire’s work crosses cultures and mediums to include books, plays, podcasts, music, documentaries, and fiction, dedicated to sharing the rich history, legacies, stories and historical traditions of the Salish people. His play, What About Those Promises sold out every performance. In addition to co-producing Leaves Awaken, Darrell is producing a documentary about the wild salmon and it’s integral role to Lummi Nation and the Coast Salish people. Prior to Children of the Setting Suns, Darrel served on The Lummi Indian Business Council and was the elected Treasurer.
Writing Consultant & Social Worker, P.C. Hillaire
P.C. Hillaire has been a social worker for over two decades, focusing on the welfare of Lummi children in the foster care system. Her work has resulted in new laws that protect both Native children and grandparents, keeping families together when circumstances mandate that a child must be removed from a parent. Hillaire is a mother, a grandmother and a poet. She brings an important perspective on the need to speak out, to stop violence against Native women, and to promote the importance of healing.
Creative Consultant & Drone Photographer, Beau Garreau
Beau Garreau is a photographer and graphic designer. He is the founder of DAKO.5TUDIOS, in addition, he is the Creative Director at Children of the Setting Sun Productions. Beau brings his excellent design aesthetic and drone cinematography talents to Leaves Awaken.
Director of Photography, Jordyn Roach
Jordyn Roach is a talented Director of Photography. She has photographed three independent feature films, working in the unpredictable Pacific Northwest including: Off the Beaten Path, Mount Adams, and Last Hero. Raised in the PNW, she has a deep-rooted relationship with the vast forests, history and rain of the region that reveals itself in the styling and details of her cinematic work. Most recently, an appetite for adventurous filmmaking sent her on a journey in 2018 through 8 European countries documenting an AI thought leader's campaign as a YouTube series Moving Humanity Forward.
Sound Designer & Audio Recordist, Christiann Burch
Christiann 'Christy' Burch is an audio recordist and sound designer based in the Pacific Northwest. Burch was a forest ranger for 15+ years in Florida. In her short, audio career she has worked on numerous well-known Portland Indie films including the award-winning horror feature Waldgeist, and the much anticipated coming of age drama feature, Woodstock or Bust. Her credits include numerous award-winning short films such as G.I.A, Outer and Call Harry.