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The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

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FNFVF, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization thanks to the Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, which supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application.

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With Great Thanks (Spring 2017)

The Spring 2017 First Nations Film and Video once again closes out its events for the year. It has been another great festival. Mainly because of the great venues that stepped up and helped us bring Native American Cinema to the audiences of Chicago and beyond.

We opened at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The FNFVF had screen there before back in 1999 and we were hoping to get back there again. We screened there two days, offering our featured films and our short films program. We have to thank Beckie Stochetti for helping us get back there. We also need to thank the projectionists for both days, Eric and Ryan, and staff member Shannon for being so welcoming.

Next, FNFVF returned to the University of Wisconsin Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We screened our featured films in the Student Center Cinema, a large and beautiful venue. We need to thank Laura Khoury and the CAH Center for Ethnic Studies, as well as Fay Akindes for always supporting FNFVF throughout the years. A huge thank you to projectionist Robin for his efforts.

We then held an event at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian where we have had some fantastic crowds. Thanks to Kathleen McDonald for hosting us, as well as Scarlet and Melinda for their assistance.

We also returned to the College of Computing and Digital Media at the Loop Campus of DePaul University. We had a great turnout for the films there! All thanks go greatly to Anthony Chung for all of his efforts and support these past years. It is growing there.

Then we were back at the School of the Arts Institute, screening in the MacLean Building. We need to thank Ana and the Indigenous@SAIC Group for their putting on the festival. Another fantastic turnout for filmmaker Jospeh Erb (Water is Life) who made the trip to attend the festival and give his support to our shared cause.

We then hosted another program at the Latino Cultural Center at UIC, with thanks to Cynthia Soto and the Native American Student Organization for helping us put up the films.

Then, we closed out the spring FNFVF at the Beverly Arts Center, while opening their Summer Film Series! Many, many thanks are due to Jonathan Moeller, who went above and beyond prepping the BAC for our event, including shooting a promo video!

Thanks also go out to the board members who ventured out and made it to the events. It is a great reflection on you and of your dedication. A heartfelt thanks in particular go to Board Member Don Nole, for his efforts at our printed programs that we handed out at the events. Thanks Don!

Thanks are due to all the filmmakers: Jeff Barnaby and Monteray Media, for their allowing us to screen “Rhymes for Young Ghouls”, to Nadine Arpin for her excellent “Jane & the Wolf”, to Joseph Erb for his “Water is Life”, to Rob Fatal for his well-received and excellent “Mi Familia 2”, Howard Adler & Charlotte Hoelke Anishinaabe, to Steven Davies, Narsiesse Paul, Roger Slagle, Conor McNally, Terry Jones & Govind Deecee, Jeremy Dennis, Charles Bicalho and Isael Maxakali, Razelle Benally, and Dane Whiteman for submitting their films and making their voices heard here in Chicago.

Lastly, this has been a great festival overall, and great thanks go to all the patrons who attended the events. To paraphrase Joseph Erb, you are continuing the circle of storytelling by seeing these Native stories unfold on the screen and through these film, we hope you capture a glimpse of the Native American experience that we work hard to reclaim and promote.

We now begin on the Fall 2017 First Nations Film and Video Festival. We hope to see all of you there once again.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III
Director, FNFVF Inc.

Announcing: FNFVF Spring 2017 Film Programs!

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. is pleased to announce its spring festival programming set to begin May 2, 2017. All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 2: Opening Program! Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL
5pm – 7pm
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (1:28:00) – Rated R (For audiences 18+)
Jane and the Wolf (9:45)

Wednesday, May 3: The University of Wisconsin
Student Center Cinema
900 Wood Road
Parkside, Kenosha, WI,
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (1:28:00) – Rated R (For audience 18+)
Jane and the Wolf (9:45)

Thursday, May 4: Mitchell Museum,
3001 Central Avenue
Evanston, IL
6pm – 7:30pm

Sparrow Hawk – 15:00
Native Snaglines – 4:52
Written in my Blood – 3:02
Gripped – 7:28
Empire State – 5:03
Konãgxeka: the Maxakali Flood – 12:50
Water is Life – 4:37
I Am Thy Weapon – 11:25
Jane & the Wolf – 9:45 – Featured Short Film!
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:14:02

Friday, May 5: DePaul University
College of Computing & Digital Media, Room 708
243 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL
4:00 – 6:00pm

THE WINEMAKER – 5:01
ZiLLA Z. DooGiN – So So What – 2:21
Written in my Blood – 3:02
Native Snaglines – 04:52
Scoot Life – 3:03
Hearthless – 4:00
Gripped – 7:28
Empire State – 05:03
I Am Thy Weapon – 11:25
ôtênaw – 40:00
Konãgxeka: the Maxakali Flood – 12:50
Water is Life – 4:37
Jane & the Wolf – 9:45
Total Program Time: 1:53:27

Saturday, May 6: School of the Art Institute
112 S. Wabash Ave, MC 1307
Chicago, IL
6:00pm

Native Snaglines – 04:52
Written in my Blood – 3:02
Gripped – 07:28
Empire State – 05:03
Mi Familia 2: Class Order Family Tribe – 26:06
Hearthless – 04:00
I Am Thy Weapon – 11:25
Konãgxeka: the Maxakali Flood – 12:50
Water is Life – 4:37
Jane & the Wolf – 09:45 – FEATURED SHORT FILM!
TOTAL PROGRAM: 1:29:08

Sunday: Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL
5pm – 7pm
Native Snaglines – 4:52
Scoot Life – 3:03
Gripped – 7:28
Empire State – 5:03
Hearthless – 4:00
ôtênaw – 40:00
Water is Life – 4:37
Jane & the Wolf – 9:45
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:18:47

Tuesday, May 9: University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, UIC
803 S Morgan St, Chicago, Illinois 60607
12:00n – 2:00pm

Native Snaglines – 4:52
Scoot Life – 3:03
Written in my Blood – 3:02
Hearthless – 4:00
Gripped – 7:28
Empire State – 5:03
ôtênaw – 40:00
Konãgxeka: the Maxakali Flood – 12:50
Water is Life – 4:37
Jane & the Wolf – 9:45 – FEATURED SHORT FILM!
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME – 1:34:40

Wednesday May 10: The Beverly Arts Center
2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655
7:30pm

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS – 1:28:00 Rated R (For Audiences 18+)
JANE & THE WOLF – 9:45
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME – 1:37:45

We hope to see you there. For more information, email ernest-3@fnfvf.org, or keep visiting this website. Thank you for your years of support!

-EW3

Spring 2017: Featured Films!

We are pleased to announce the featured Feature Film and Short Film that will be screened throughout the festival and at various venues:

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS
Directed by Jeff Barnaby
Rated R – Adult audiencs
“Eye-catching feature about a teenage. Aboriginal. Revenge-seeking drug-dealer

Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.

At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed.

Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.”
(1 hour, 28 minutes)

JANE & THE WOLF
Directed by Nadine Arpin
(FEATURED SHORT FILM)”Jane & the Wolf is a hybrid documentary that incorporates cinéma vérité, archival photographs and animation. In the 1960s, Pagwa River was a booming railroad town populated by 2nd generation Crees. During one cold winter, the community was being stalked by a lone wolf. Every attempt to kill the wolf failed. Jane recognized the wolf as a spirit sign from the ancestors. Ridiculed for her beliefs, Jane set out alone to killing the wolf using the old ways.

Narrated by Jane’s Great Granddaughter Rachel Garrick, Jane’s story is interwoven with Rachel’s own journey to bring her mother Minnie Garrick to her final resting place. Minnie was a story teller, a surviver, and a woman who reclaimed her life despite many personal challenges. Minnie had passed on the story of Jane to Rachel at a time in her life when Rachel most needed to hear about the strength that is inherent in their family.”
(9 minutes, 45 seconds)

Stay tuned for Festival Venue Program information coming soon!

EW3