Conscience Point

Exposing a deep clash of values between the Native American Shinnecock and their elite Hamptons neighbors, who have made sacred land their playground.

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Producer/Director

Treva Wurmfeld

Treva Wurmfeld's feature directorial debut, Shepard & Dark, about playwright Sam Shepard, made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and won top awards at the Woodstock Int. Film Festival, the Cleveland Int. Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival. That year, Wurmfeld was included in Filmmaker Magazines 25 new Show more faces of Independent Film. Shepard & Dark was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and Wurmfeld was nominated for the Camera d'Or prize. Shepard & Dark was released by Music Box films in the Fall of 2013. Previously Wurmfeld shot and produced for the Emmy Award winning A&E series Intervention and wrote and directed the short film, Oyster in 2007. More recently, she produced and directed a short documentary, The Hama Hama Way. She received her MFA from Hunter College, in 2006. Show less

Producer

Amanda Spain

Amanda Spain has been a producer and director in feature documentaries and television for over 15 years. Recently she was honored to become a 2016-2017 Sundance Producing Fellow. She is currently producing multiple projects including Conscience Point(Directed By Treva Wurmfeld, Co-Directed By Charlie Certain), Jesse Krimes (Directed By Alysa Show more Nahmias & Ben Murray) and The Industrial Musicals(executive produced by David Letterman and directed by Dava Whisenant). She recently produced and directed two short documentaries for ESPN's acclaimed 30 For 30 series: Wrestling The Cruse and Son Of South Sudan (executive produced by Eva Longoria), which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She also produced and directed In Their Boots (executive produced by Robert Greenwald), which was nominated for an IDA award in the Limited Series category. Spain’s work has appeared on A&E, PBS, MTV, Link TV and The Sundance Channel and her films have been accepted into Women's International Film Festival and New Fest. In 2013 she started Giving Voice Films, a company dedicated to producing compelling documentaries for both the large and small screen. Show less

Producer

Charles Certain

Charles Certain is a Shinnecock Montauk Native residing on the Shinnecock Reservation in South Hampton, New York. Owner of Certain Media, Inc. For the last 11 years he has worked as a videographer and editor for the town of Southampton. His footage appears regularly on the local government cable station. He also documents all the important events on the Show more reservation, including the famous annual Shinnecock Pow Wow. When he isn't documenting the world around him he is playing music and running his audio and video studio. He is excited to be a Co-Producer on Conscience Point, helping to tell the story of the rich long island indigenous history and the personal stories of the people who make up South Hampton and the Shinnecock Nation. Show less

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The Film

The Hamptons: playground of the super-rich. Epicenter of a lucrative luxury beach front property boom, dating from the 1880s. Profiteering developers continue to angle and scheme for any scrap of land on which to make millions. Meanwhile the original inhabitants of this beautiful peninsula, the Shinnecock Indians, find themselves pushed to a point of near extinction, squeezed onto a tiny 750-acre reservation. The Shinnecock have seen their ancient burial grounds plowed up unceremoniously: for the widening of roads, golf courses and new mansions. On the reservation they face poverty, addiction, and despair, the legacy of generations of powerlessness and marginalization. Wounds run deep. This long simmering tension between the wealthiest Americans and the Shinnecock will come to a head in the summer of 2018, when the world will be watching the U.S. Open golf tournament
unfolding at the ultra-exclusive Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Few will have any idea that the pristine course was literally carved out of a Shinnecock burial site. But Conscience Point exposes the true story that underlies the Shinnecock Hills.

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