I Am Yup’ik

Filmmaker: Nathan Golon, Daniele Anastasion
Runtime: 17 minutes

An Alaskan Yup’ik teenager leaves his tiny village and travels across frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.

About the Filmmakers

Daniele Anastasion
Daniele Anastasion is a director and writer with more than a decade of experience creating critically acclaimed documentaries and television series. She directed I AM YUP’IK for ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Her first feature, THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED received the Sundance award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Daniele recently directed the ESPN series RUN MAMA RUN, about an elite runner’s attempt to train for the Olympics while pregnant, which the New York Times called “fascinating.” She was also a writer and producer of BELIEF, Oprah Winfrey’s epic series exploring faith and religion around the world.


Nathan Golon
Nathan Golon is a cinematographer and the co-founder of GoodFight Media based in Washington, DC. Nathan grew up in rural Maine, studied at Boston University, and has since filmed in nearly 40 countries. He has worked as a cinematographer for documentaries that have premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as on shorts and series for clients including National Geographic, PBS, ESPN, Discovery, the NFL Network, Smithsonian, and the UN Foundation. He shot and directed the short documentary I am Yup’ik which had it’s premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and aired on ESPN as a 30 for 30 Short.