Filmic for Navajo Nation

Film Festival

First Place Winner

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Our film “Monument Valley, Sunrise to Moonrise” won the 2016 Mountain and Adventure Film Festival in the Environmental category.

Synopsis: The film starts with the rising of the sun, with the Three Mittens backlit by the slowly moving sun rising in the distance. The unmistakeable rock formations of Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii, the Navajo name for what we call “Monument Valley,” are shown in a variety of lighting environments and camera angles. Timelapse and other cinema-style camera motion devices follow the progression of the day through the park, until the sun sets, the stars come out, the moon rises and lights the park. The rock formations are clearly seen, illuminated by the moon, while clouds and stars drift by in timelapse. Eventually the moon sets and the film fades to black, all accompanied by “The Painted Desert”, a movement from Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.




Lunden Reign

Last summer we were approached approached by the group Lunden Reign asking for permission to use footage from “Monument Valley, Sunrise to Moonrise.” As the #1 Monument Valley short film on YouTube, we were the natural choice.






Lunden Reign

Last summer we were approached approached by the group Lunden Reign asking for permission to use footage from “Monument Valley, Sunrise to Moonrise.” As the #1 Monument Valley short film on YouTube, we were the natural choice.



Walt Disney

As well as being a gifted guitarist Laura Espinoza-Lunden is a very talented film editor. Having worked with Disney Studios, Laura has an eye for fabulous visuals. She found our Monument Valley video and found it the best footage available and wanted it for this music video. If you haven’t been exposed to Lunden Reign, you will be a fan after you see “American Stranger.”