The Stone Child

Writer | Director | Short Film


After a painful divorce, Mathew, an 11-year-old Lakota Native-American boy, goes out to eat with his father, Ray, at an all-white restaurant in rural South Dakota when all hell breaks loose. Old wounds rupture, and Ray pushes Mathew further and further away, into the freedom of a new terrain – the Badlands. Finally, desperate acts bring Mathew face to face with his own inner strengths, and with this discovery come the tools to build a kind of home only before glimpsed in dreams.

Music by Hershel Yatovitz (of Chris Isaak)

Selected Press

“A deceptive little film that challenges notions of fatherhood, family, and self-identity.” – Film Threat

“A beautiful film and a true example of the essence of cinema.” – Slamdance Film Festival

“Wonderful characters in imaginative, emotional situations.” – BlueCat Screenplay Competition

  • Winner - Channel 13 WNET's Reel 13 Shorts Competition
  • Broadcast on PBS | Channel 13 in NYC
  • Broadcast on South Dakota Public Television
  • Official Selection - 21 International Film Festivals
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Queens International Film Festival
  • Southern Winds Film Festival
  • Taos Shortz Film Festival
  • LA Shorts Film Festival
  • San Diego Film Festival
  • Santa Fe Film Festival
  • Cinequest Film Festival
  • Big Apple Film Festival
  • Miami Short Film Festival
  • Heard Museum Film Festival
  • American Indian Film Festival
  • Sedona International Film Festival
  • Tiburon International Film Festival
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival
  • Washington DC Independent Film Festival
  • Cine Las Americas International Film Festival