AWI Short Film Competition

Until Our Spirits Meet Again

A young Ojibwe boy walks with the spirit of his late father on a four night journey to the afterlife as they both reckon with their grief along the way.

Content heads-up: Implied loss of a father

Director: Alexander Nystrom

Alex Nystrom is an Ojibwe writer, director and producer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Alex’s work focuses on exploring identity in the context of contemporary native stories. Alex currently lives and works in Los Angeles as a director’s assistant to Amman Abbasi, director of Dayveon (Sundance Film Festival ‘17) and the upcoming feature, The Quench. His last credit is producer on the documentary short, Udaan (Soar), for HINDSIGHT 2020 via FIRELIGHT MEDIA, which premiered at AFI DOCS and resides at PBS. Alex was a fellow in the 2021 NATIVE AMERICAN MEDIA ALLIANCE’S TV WRITER'S LAB in association with LA SKINS FEST, and developed a pilot called Between, a supernatural mystery that follows a headstrong native man who protects his disappearing island from evil forces beyond his control. Between was most recently selected for the second annual Indigenous List (2022) on THE BLACK LIST in partnership with ILLUMINATIVE and the SUNDANCE Indigenous Program, which highlights the top up-and-coming Indigenous film and television writers in the U.S.