Winner of the 37th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival for Best Documentary Short
Documentary | Short | 13 min
What happens when a story is forgotten?
‘Smoke That Travels’ is a personal documentary by 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow Kayla Briët that explores preservation and loss of Native American culture and her own identity as Prairie Band Potawatomi.
About the Artist
Kayla Briët is a 19-year-old self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, composer, musician, and media producer. Her short films have taken her to the White House for the 2014 First-Ever White House Film Festival, where she was invited to meet President Barack Obama, as well as to NYC, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles for awards and film festival screenings.
Her work in science and education has been awarded by organizations like ACS, FASEB, and ProjectED, and she was honored by the OC Register as 2014 Film Artist of the Year. She is a 2015 Youth Fellow of the renown Future of Storytelling conference, a 2015 Sundance Ignite Fellow Finalist, and a public speaker who has presented at Girls Who Code and numerous junior high and high schools in Orange County.
Today, you can catch her self-producing her first EP and performing music using a loop pedal and multiple instruments (zither, keyboard, guitar, voice) to create tracks live, as well as working on her new documentary film, Smoke That Travels, about her dad, her Prairie Band Potawatomi roots, and what it means to be Native American today. www.kaylabriet.com