The Longest Sun is a narrative short film inspired by the mythology of the Tewa peoples of Northern New Mexico, and is told entirely in the endangered language of Tewa, a tribe with less than 500 native speakers. A blend of fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction, The Longest Sun is a quest story that follows Tahn Pi, a young Tewa boy who sets out on a mythical journey to stop the sun from setting.
Patrick William Smith (Master of Fine Arts in Film Production, The University of Texas at Austin) works as a director and cinematographer between Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington. He has directed a number of award-winning fiction and nonfiction films, web-series and commercials.
His documentary, Shades of The Border, toured at over two dozen film festivals worldwide (including SXSW, Media That Matters), garnering a number of awards and DVD distribution. Smith went on to direct a reality web-series for internet mogul, Penny Arcade, and later developed a comedy web-series funded through a successful, front-page crowdsourcing campaign on Kickstarter — Kris and Scott's, Scott and Kris Show — which drew national media attention. Patrick’s most recent endeavor, a narrative quest film told entirely in the endangered Tewa language, is currently touring festivals worldwide.
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