Smoke That Travels

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

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.



Kayla Briet


Kayla Briët


Kayla Briët


Kayla Briët

Film Score

Kayla Briët

Principal Cast

Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk

Thursday, February 23, 2017

SIUC Student Center


(Following Farmer/Veteran, Summer Friend, Klasse & Absence of Her)

Friday, Februray 24, 2017

Soundstage Room 1116 (SIUC Mass Communications Building)


(Following Black RiverMy Earth's EyeBright Spots & Fall)


Smoke That Travels - Trailer

INTERMIX: Summer in the City | London | August 15, 2015
YouTube Buffer Festival | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | October 23, 2015 | 1st Place Women of YouTube Award
YoungArts Cinematic Arts + Dance Presentation | Miami, Florida | January 6, 2016