Native American & Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute


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Adam Piron
Film Programmer & Manager

Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) is a Manager of the Sundance Institute¹s Native American and Indigenous Film Program. In addition to this role, he also a member of the Sundance Film Festival¹s short film and virtual reality programming teams. In 2016, he also joined Film Independent's film programming team for the LA Film Festival. Adam started at Sundance as an intern with the Native Program in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and California College of the Arts. 


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Bird Runningwater


Bird Runningwater belongs to the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, and was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico.  He is currently based in Los Angeles, California where he serves as the Director of Sundance Institute¹s Native American and Indigenous Program.  He oversees the NativeLab Film Fellowship, the Indigenous Producers Initiative, The Full-Circle Youth Fellowship, Sundance Film Festival¹s Native Forum, and most recently started leading Diversity work Institute-wide. Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater was based in New York City and served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy of a Rockefeller family member.  Prior to that, he served as program associate in the Ford Foundation¹s Media, Arts, and Culture Program.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the George Foster Peabody Awards and as a member of Comcast/NBCUniversal¹s Joint Diversity Council.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin¹s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.