Film festival short features White River

man paddling canoe
Dan Vallesky appears in the film in a familiar setting — paddling a canoe on White River.

A short film produced in Anderson to oppose the Mounds Lake Reservoir project has been selected to screen at the Indiana Short Film Festival which takes place October 7-9 in Danville, Indiana.

White RiverStories, along with its sister film, White RiverScapes, were created by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mark G. Dawson in opposition to the Mounds Lake Reservoir project. White RiverStories is an interview-based series of two short films featuring the reflections of Dan Vallesky, a river activist and president of Friends of the White River, and Michael Pace, Lenape (Delaware) Culture Bearer and great-great-great grandson of Chief William Anderson (Kikthawenund).

Both of Dawson’s River films were self-funded and feature the award-winning Native American flute music of Andersontown Powwow regular Douglas Blue Feather.

White RiverStories will screen as part of the ISFF Hoosier Screenings 2 project at 4 p.m., Sunday, October 9. All Sunday screenings are created by Indiana filmmakers and are offered free to the public in Danville’s historic Royal Theater. Those unable to attend the festival can view White RiverStories and White RiverScapes on the Save the White River YouTube Channel.