| April 3, 2018

Hanson Film Institute, University of Arizona / 2017 / English / Color

Two brothers suffer a crisis of conscience while trying to impress their gruff father in Bloodlines, a quiet film about a Native American family.

Appeared in Season 5 | Episode 2 | “Blood & Water”


Bloodlines is directed by Christopher Nataanii Cegielski. 

Cegielski is a Navajo Filmmaker from Flagstaff, Arizona. Originally wanting to be an author, he soon became attracted to film’s visual storytelling. Cegielski is a graduate from the University of Arizona’s B.F.A. Film Program. His short thesis film, Bloodlines, screened at multiple international film festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Sun Valley Film Festival, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Cegielski was selected as a directing fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve program (2016), where he was awarded the Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship. Cegielski resides in Los Angeles where he currently is developing his first feature, Movement Through the Valley, which was selected for the Time Warner Producers Fellowship and the Sundance Creative Producing Summit.


Short Film IMDb

Watch more by Christopher on Vimeo

Explore: , , , , , ,

Category: Uncategorized

Tweets by @FilmSchoolShort


Film School Shorts is made possible by a grant from Maurice Kanbar, celebrating the vitality and power of the moving image, and by the members of KQED.

Film School Shorts is a production of KQED.



Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer