Following three teams as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season, INDIAN RELAY is a unique, present-day American Indian story full of beauty, hope, determination and excitement.
2014 Emmy Award Winner: Cultural Documentary, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Region
2014 Emmy Award Winner: Photography, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Region
2014 Spur Award Winner: Best Documentary Script, Western Writers of America
Selected for PBS' Independent Lens: 932 broadcasts across the USA + repeats, > 902,000 viewers
Selected for the "Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art" Special Exhibit. Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Winner: Audience Award – Best Native American Film: 2015 Durango Film: An Independent Film Festival
Best Action Film: 17th Annual Native American Indian Film & Video Festival of the Southeast, Columbia, South Carolina
Shown twice at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NYC) as part of the "Native Games / Native Stories" and "Rocky Mountain Time" programs
Comanche Nation College Film Festival Official Selection
Equus Film Festival NYC Official Selection
Opening Night Film: 2014 Interchange Film Festival, Bozeman, MT
1st Montana air: October 31, 2013
USA air: November 18, 2013
When I took my wife and infant son to Mongolia to make a film about the rare and beautiful snow leopard (called 'elvis' in Kazakh Mongolian) I had no idea it would be a true passage. A uniquely personal natural history experience, A CAT CALLED ELVIS is a gorgeous vision of a nearly impossible journey, unfolding and revealing the filmmaker and the world we share with snow leopards.
Featured film on www.lifeonterra.com when it won the 2007 Webby Award for Student Online Film and Video
Repeated broadcasts on MontanaPBS
A short fiction film with a very-much-appreciated all volunteer cast-n-crew, learning/loving the craft.
Coming soon to a film festival near you!
Beside a busy rural highway, a gal who works in a soon-to-be-closed drive-in talks a guy who ordered nuggets into letting her drive them away in his dead uncle's Porsche.
Drive In Gal - CHRISTINA HASTINGS
Nephew - KARAN KUMAR
Doctor - DR. STEPHEN PRINCE
Camera - ANDREW HUANG
Location Sound - JOHN CROWDER IV
A.D. & 2nd Camera - ZACH CORTEZ
Story by - C.DYE, K.KUMAR & Z. CORTEZ
Written, Produced, Directed & Edited by CHARLES DYE
Many Thanks to:
Ann McDonald & family at JIMS DRIVE IN, in Dublin, VA
Jackson Nasr for the Porsche
SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS - Virginia Tech
© Dye Works 2018
A uniquely participatory web experience encouraging dialogue across Montana's sometimes polarized agro-economic aisle, The Lentil 360 is multi-part, educational VR project created in partnership with MontanaPBS and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.
Slated to begin streaming in 2019, this 360- (spherical) video project allows viewers to ‘choose their own adventure’ through three subject areas—all relating to Montana-grown lentils: 1) sustainable farming, 2) food resiliency, and 3) dietary health and the cost of food.
Inspired by Liz Carlisle's award-winning book, The Lentil Underground, (and approved by Liz), the project was funded in part by a 2017 Film and Digital Media Grant from Humanities Montana, and by the Friends of MontanaPBS.
STAY TUNED for MORE!
Produced for MontanaPBS, BEFORE THERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE & GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES weaves an indigenous understanding of responsibility and relationship with how that worldview came to be marginalized--and how now it is being re-valorized.
2009 Emmy Award Winner: Historic-Cultural Program Special Category, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Region
2009 Emmy Award Winner: Photography, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Region
PBS National Program Service Primetime Broadcast
Shown at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NYC) in the "Rocky Mountain Time" program
Chosen for the Native Film Fest, Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs, California
VIRGINIA DARES is 9-part fiction/nonfiction web series about the making a film, revisioning one of the first chapters in American history.
Produced in affiliation with Virginia Tech’s American Indian Studies program, VIRGINIA DARES is a project collaboratively imagined, performed, produced, directed, shot and edited by Virgina Tech School of Performing Arts students and faculty.
It’s a project created to confront the Anglo-centric mythology of Virginia Dare—the first English child born in the first English colonial settlement of the New World, c. 1588—a narrative previously controlled by White Identity publicists/politicians, who used it to rationalize and legitimize:
1. English colonialism, divine right, and manifest destiny
2. anti-Indian propaganda, the ideological basis for genocide and expropriation
3. White female innocence, a key trope for all racialist thinking in America, whether directed toward Indians or, later, African Americans
4. commodity capitalism, in the marketing of tourism and the production and sales of Scuppernong grape wines, from vineyards on Roanoke Island that were purportedly nourished by the blood sacrifice of the colonists
At the meta-level, VIRGINIA DARES explores the resonances between the 19th- and early 20th-century mythology of Virginia Dare and contemporary anti-feminist, anti-indigenous currents.
Ultimately, VIRGINIA DARES is about giving audiences unprecedented access to essential truths, and fostering unprecedented responsibility to the past, the present, and the future of all the peoples we call “American.”
Currently in post-production. Scheduled to begin streaming in late 2018!
The 508+30 is a short, reflexive, ‘spherical’ doc, currently in post-production.
Emmy Award, Documentary - Topical, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter, 2016
Best Mountain Sports Film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, 2015
Best Women in Adventure Film, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, 2015
Best Running Film – Silver Award, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, 2015
Television Non-Commercial Program of the Year, Montana Broadcasters Association, 2015
Best Action Film, Danish Adventure Film Festival, 2014
Finalist, Mountain Film Competition, Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2014
Television Broadcasts & Online Distribution
Online distribution via Netflix, available for streaming in over 190 countries, 2016–present
VOD on Amazon Prime, available for streaming in over 200 countries, 2015–present
VOD on Hulu and apps for Apple/Android devices, 2015–present
Cable broadcast in Europe and North Africa via AB Groupe and YLE, 2015
Representation by APT Worldwide for four years in international markets, 2015–2019
National public television broadcast on NETA, with repeated broadcasts on MontanaPBS, 2015
US Premiere: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2015
World Premiere: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2014
European Premiere: Danish Adventure Film Festival, 2014
Asian Premiere: Mumbai International Women’s Film Festival, 2014
Selected as the headliner for the 2015 Trails in Motion 3 World Tour, stopping in 167 cities in 26 countries, 14,000+ audience members
Official Selection, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Vancouver, Canada, 2015
Official Selection, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2015
Official Selection, Green Mountain Film Festival. Montpelier, VT, 2015
Invited, Danish Adventure Film Festival’s Traveling Tour in Greenland, 2015
Invited, Trail Running Film Festival. Special Showings in Ashland, OR and Seattle, WA, 2015
Invited, Run Deep Film Festival. Boulder, CO, 2015
Invited, Livingston Film Festival. Livingston, MT, 2015
Girls on the Run, non-profit screening and fundraiser. Kalispell, MT, 2018
Gender Equality & You Conference, Montana State University, public screening. Bozeman, MT, 2017
James P. Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series, Green Mountain Club. Waterbury Center, VT, 2017
Montana Premiere Screening, Emerson Cultural Center. Bozeman, MT, 2015
Montana Premiere Screening, The Shane Center for the Arts. Livingston, MT, 2015
Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, public screening. Blacksburg, VA, 2015
Vermont Premiere 3-City Screening with Girls on the Run. Burlington/Brattleboro/Rutland, VT, 2015
Carroll College, public screening. Helena, MT, 2015
Run YHA, public screening. England and Wales, 2015
Junior State Team Orienteering, public screening. South Australia, 2015
Petzl America, public screening. Salt Lake City, UT, 2015
Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, public screening. Birmingham, AL, 2015
Recharge Sports, public screening. Bend, OR, 2015
Seven Hills Running Shop, public screening. Seattle, WA, 2015
Zoot Enterprises, public screening. Bozeman, MT, 2015
California 89 Adventure Film Series, public screening. Truckee, CA, 2015
Girls on the Run, non-profit screening. Steamboat Springs, CO, 2015
Trail Running Conference, non-profit screening. Estes Park, CO, 2015
East Hampton Library, non-profit screening. East Hampton, NY, 2015
Green Mountain Club, non-profit screening. Waterbury Center, VT, 2015
Race Montana, non-profit screenings across the state of MT, 2015
Work in progress screening at the University Film & Video Association's 68th Annual Conference. Bozeman, MT, 2014
Trailer screened in the Trail Running Film Festival, 30+ stops in the USA, 2014
In an age where obesity is the #1 killer in America, FINDING TRACTION presents the inspirational story of endurance specialist Nikki Kimball's quest to become the fastest person in history to run Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail.
This project grew out of idea Rick Smith had a for a human endurance film that I just couldn't let go. Luckily, Jaime Jacobsen (and Danny Schmidt, and many others) had the energy, care and time to make this project the fine film it is today. I'm very honored to be this film's co-producer/director.
HALF by Andrew Huang, Sophia Okorn & Charles Dye
THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY by Corey Barlow
WHAT GOES AROUND... by Youssra Chanaai & Lamiae Skalli
HORIZON by Yacine Kaouti, Mohammed Serghini, Adel Abaab
VID SPILUM TÓNLIST, by Lizzie Eckman
BEG TO DIFFER by Lauren Ravert, Charles Dye and Mordecai Lecky
SNOODLES by Alex Gerstein
THE GREEN MAN, by Loudna Taleb, Hazim Azghari & Ilham Hajji
More all the time!
With only one company’s demand for natural chewing gum keeping Guatemala's San Benito chicle cooperative in business, a sustainable source of local work teeters on the brink of oblivion. LAST OF THE GUM MEN documents one season in the lives of five of the last chicleros working in the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Distributed by the National Education Telecommunications Association and broadcast by PBS affiliates across the USA.
It's an honor to be a small part of the ARMING SISTERS doc film project.
KAITIAKITANGA: THREE ENDEAVORS IN CONSERVATION O TE TAU IHU is a wonderful project that I feel lucky to have edited for Dawson Dunning.
It's always great, years later, to see the final film when you're just one of its many cinematographers. On SOURCE TO SEA: THE COLUMBIA RIVER SWIM I spent a few days with Chris Swain, just as he was beginning his epic journey.
I ran a camera just one day for PRODIGAL SONS--but it was an interesting day for sure. It was hoot to hear my name is somewhere in the credits.
EVOLUTION is not my work and it's been often copied, but I think it's still one of the best one-minute videos out there.
One of my students just brought in EXISTENTIAL BUMMER. It's pretty cool too.
For a long while I struggled to write the ideas behind BEAR into a written essay, but it turns out I’m not that kind of eco-phenomenologist.
When I first got to grad school, my films suffered. EWE was a return to me making films how I wanted to make them.
I began THE ELK HUNT after THE CYRSTAL MOUNTAIN fell through. Then I read The Omnivore's Dilemma and thought: Well, heck. Pollan did such an amazing job with Chapters 17 & 18--exactly what I was wanting to do with THE ELK HUNT (just 100 times better)--that I decided to just move on to grad school.
COMMERCIAL was a hoot to shoot for my friend Michael Cross.
Before LAST OF THE GUM MEN was edited, THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN was in production. To learn how to do something well, one just has to do it. Failing along the way is part of the process.
A just for fun, overly serious, theoretical foray into fiction film, THE CURTSY is a post-structural, revisionist Western adapted from the achingly beautiful essay by Deirdre Stoelzle-Graves in the book, “Leaning into the Wind.”
This film also generated some of the best feedback I've ever received for my work, courtesy of Dr. Ek, my old philosophy professor:
The Curtsy was really excellent -- the photography, the sound, the subtle but persistent manner in which it worms its way into a viewer's empathy and intellect and prompts pondering issues of personal import which are all too easy pushed aside.
The tales between our ears are the important ones. Honeying is my personal/professional blog--a documentary practice--reflexively juxtaposing memes, memories, words and imagery, aural-visual, eco-phenomenological stories of one family's adventures, great & small. Metaculture accelerating culture! (p4. Urban, Greg. (2001). Metaculture: how culture moves through the world. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.)
Otherwise… I’m (rarely) on FB.
Twitter? No way. Same as yelling out a car window while speeding down a road. #nevertweet
Instagram? Pretty pics for sure, but… too much focus on the image.
In film, through our stories, we find the visions and resolve we need to better appreciate and navigate our interdependent journeys. I love being a filmmaker and a filmmaking teacher because it allows me put my energy into helping create the kind of narratives that hopefully make at least a tiny bit of positive difference in this world. I see myself as a guide for my students, a practitioner of this craft, delighted to be in the company of fellow film enthusiasts no matter what their experience-level.
A few of the books on my shelf, and a tiny fraction of my bookmarked websites:
Websites, blogs & whatnot:
2016 Emmy Award Winner: Documentary - Topical, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Region
2015 Best Mountain Sports Film: FINDING TRACTION
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada
2014 Best Action Film: FINDING TRACTION
Danish Adventure Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 Emmy Award: Cultural Documentary: INDIAN RELAY
Northwest Region, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
2014 Emmy Award: Photography: INDIAN RELAY
Northwest Region, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
2014 Best Documentary Script, Spur Award, Western Writers of America: INDIAN RELAY
2009 Emmy Award: Producer/Director - Historical/Cultural Documentary: BEFORE THERE WERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE AND GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES
Northwest Region, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences