Announcing: Fall 2019 Films

The Tree (0:03:52)
Animated short film.
Directed by Samantha Sylvers (Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria)

R3CKL3$$ THE MINI MOVIE (0:12:28)
Directed by J.L. Bolden (Blackfoot)

CorrienteDelSur (0:20:00)
A documentary record made on the shores of Balsas that immerses us in the daily work of a group of fishermen who participate in a cooperative that allows them to maintain their lives in that region of southeastern Michoac’n.
Directed by Geo van Ni¸ (Otopame)

Finding Wampum (0:09:14)
A Native American woman struggles to reconcile her Cherokee and Muskogee Creek childhood memories of a secret and hidden society by going on a journey to search for a sacred object kept away from the public.
Directed by Jennie Stockle (Cherokee Nation)

Tetoterapia, El Musical (Tit Therapy) (1:30:00)
A cholita travels from the north of Chile to the capital in search of a better future with her cousin. She discovers that she has healing powers in her breasts, that changes her life, until the indistrict of medicines looks at her and sees her as a threat.
Directed by Alejandra Gomez, Jorge PachaÒa (Aymara)

Johnny or Tommy or Ronny (0:07:05)
A hybrid documentary about the Vietnam War, my great uncle, and the absurdity of familial shame. Following the anecdotal stories my grandma told me about her brother during Vietnam, this documentary is an attempt at understanding what to do with those darker stories passed down through family.
Directed by Maxfield Biggs (Cherokee)

YakonnhÈhkwen (It Sustains Her) (0:16:49)
Two years ago, while I was mid-production of my film ìYakonnhÈhkwen (It Sustains Her)î†a student who I was teaching in Six Nations, ON committed suicide. Touched by this event, it informed the narrative of ìYakonnhÈhkwenî placing a stronger focus on mental health and suicide. I wanted to create space to engage this discourse and empower viewers who have resonance with my main characterís†story because suicide is such an epidemic on First Nationís territories. YakonnhÈhkwen is a KenyeníkÈha word meaning ‘it sustains her’. Ann found healing in the rare†traditional Iroquoian art form of black ash basketry. She also became keenly aware that her ancestors were there to show her the way. This is†a short film about the depression that brought her to brink of suicide and her†journey home, back to her†culture and learning to truly value herself as an Onkwehonwe†woman and†artist.
Directed by Candace Maracle (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte)

Bel-Air x 1994 (0:02:18)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Re-enactment
Directed by Nicholas Sims (Cherokee)

August 8 (0:03:24)
A Sundance.
Directed by Elizabeth A Kennedy (Canadian First Nations)

Stag Parties (0:10:45)
A group of entrepreneurial women choose to exploit the system of “stag” films in the 1920s by creating, shooting and distributing their own blue films.
Directed by Maya R Dittloff (Three Affiliated Tribes/MHA)

Keep the Fire Lit- lost tribes of Texas (1:14:55)
This fascinating documentary opens a window onto the true cultural history of Texas. Six hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Spanish colonization and the White Settlersí Movement that came in its wake. It annihilated many tribes and decimated the numbers of those that survived. The descendants of the Texas tribes now speak. They share the legends and stories of their people, handed down to them over countless generations, revealing their oral histories and the spiritual ceremonies inherited from their ancestors.

Through the medium of story and ceremony, KEEP THE FIRE LIT provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds, and the lives of Indigenous Texans. The film dives deep into this remarkable fragment of Texas society. Personal interviews highlight the social, political, and environmental implications of the re-emergence of indigenous identities. We visit holy sites across Texas and interview key individuals from these native communities: tribal spiritual leaders, peyote road men, cultural artisans, traditional tribal dancers, environmental activists and civil rights lawyers. This film make it way to the Standing Rock pipeline and then hits home with a 1st ever Apache Reunion in Mexico.
Directed by Fox Redsky (Lipan Apache Band of Texas)

The Game of Hockey – A Mi’kmaw Story (0:32:40)
A look into the history of hockey in Atlantic Canada and the role that the Mi’kmaw play in it.
Directed by April Maloney (Mi’kmaq -Nova Scotia, Canada)

Whisked Away by Matcha (0:06:03)
After a long day, Gin does his daily ritual of making a bowl of matcha tea by hand. However, this time he gets whisked away.
Directed by Maikaru ‘Michael’ Douangluxay-Cloud (Huu ayy aht First Nations)

Huahua (1:10:00)
A young aboriginal couple faces an unexpected pregnancy that will make them questioned about their identity and the world in which they will raise their child.
Directed by Joshi Espinosa (Kichwa)

Nakua pewerewerekae jawabelia/ Hasta el fin del mundo/ AtÈ o fim do mundo (0:15:50)
Directed by Margarita Rodriguez Weweli-Lukana & Juma Gitirana Tapuya Marru· (Natives from Colombia & Brazil)

LOST (0:19:50)
A young Indigenous ex-gang member tries to put his life together but finds himself facing the harsh reality of the life he was born into.
Directed by Len Morissette (Mistawasis First Nation Sk Canada)

In Times of Rain (1:30:00)
A powerful story of economic migration between rural and urban Mexico. Soledad is a matriarch and traditional healer whose daughter Adele left their village to work in Mexico City leaving behind her infant son. Years later, Soledad and her grandson Jose share a strong bond rooted in their love of culture and land. As she continues to pass on her knowledge and teachings to him, she receives an unexpected call that her daughter is getting married and intends for Jose to join them in the city. Fearing an uncertain future for them both, Soledad struggles to cope with her impending heartbreak as she awaits her daughter’s return.
Directed by Itandehui Jansen (Mixtec)

Red Road (0:15:00)
A man struggles to live in two worlds peacefully.
Directed by Ryan Abe (Spokane Tribal Member)

Behind the Skin (0:25:40)
Joris, a Haitian immigrant arrives in Sao Paulo in search of his brother. He ends up getting involved in a misunderstanding with the police and then having the help of a Bolivian immigrant on this journey through the city.
Directed by Cristian Cancino (Mapuche)

Cinema Red: Natives & Horror (0:49:46)
Over the course of four months, urban Native horror director Mike J. Marin met with eight Native artists to discuss their opinions on the horror cinema and the horror genre and what role Native people play in the horror filmmaking process.
Directed by Mike J. Marin (Navajo, Laguna Pueblo, Washoe)

AhomapÈnÓ; Relations and Rez Dogs (0:53:44)
AhomapÈnÓ is acknowledging a being’s right to exist in its own way, asking for the right to “be” – similar to the English concept of “respect” and the question “do you respect me?” What do dogs need to be healthy and happy? The Nakoda AV Club explores this seemingly straightforward question to illuminate the different ways people think about human animal relationships on reserves and in settler dominated spaces. This documentary dispels myths, and delves into areas where stereotypes and assumptions create contribute to challenges for both people and animals living on reserve.
Directed by Jarret Twoyoungmen, Soloman Chiniquay (Nakoda Sioux [Canada])

Polar Tour (0:04:30)
Three university friends embark on an adventure they hope never to forget. They choose an exotic location in the Arctic to go polar bear seeing for their Spring Break. In the middle of their first tour, the engine of the rover breaks down. Now isolated and freezing in the dark, they wait for rescue. With their morale at a real low, their isolation ends with a chilling spring polar bear experience they did not plan for.
Directed by Dustin McGladrey (Nisga’a Nation)

Acorn Series Directed by CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo)

Acorn (0:04:50)
Acorn is an important part of the diet of California Indian Tribes. This short video inform us about the historical perspectives, traditional and contemporary acorn nutrition and health, climate change and its impact on acorns.

Acorn: California Indian Historical and Cultural Perspectives (0:05:31)

Acorn: Climate Change and Its Impact on Acorns (0:03:42)

Acorn Flour Supply (0:03:30)

Acorn: Stewardship, Gathering, and Processing (0:03:32)

Acorn: Traditional and Contemporary Acorn Nutrition and Health (0:05:18)
Series Directed by CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo)

Essential Understanding Series Directed by CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo)
Great Diversity Among Tribes – Essential Understanding #1 (0:04:54)
There is great diversity among California Indian Tribes.

Diversity Among Identity – Essential Understanding #2 (0:08:10)

Native Traditional Beliefs – Essential Understanding #3 (0:05:49)

Policies that Affected Tribes – Essential Understanding #4 (0:11:07)

Reservations – Essential Understanding #5 (0:08:35)

History from a California Indian Perspective – Essential Understanding #6 (0:10:08)

Tribes Have Sovereign Powers – Essential Understanding #7 (0:03:49)

First Nations Film and Video Festival Fall Fest Focuses on Native Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 8, 2018

First Nations Film and Video Festival Fall Fest Focuses on Native Women

Chicago, Illinois—Native-American film directors are the least minority present in the film industry in the United States. For this reason and for the lowly and very present rise of Native-American film directors, (especially Native-American female film directors), the First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF) is helping to bridge this gap by announcing the 2018 Film and Video Fall Fest.

The FNFV 2018 Fall Fest will take place November 1-9. The Fall Film Fest will be held at 11 designated locations throughout the Chicago and beyond Each location will feature selected films, which were submitted by First Nations filmmakers. This year the fall festival features several brand new, never-before-viewed short films by Native directors, especially women, from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.

Selected venues will feature “The Other 51 %” program, which features on Native American women who is the least represented in the film industry. Every FNFVF Program will host a Q&A with FNFVF directors and board.

All FNFVF Inc. programs are free and open to the public. Dedicated to providing an appropriate venue for the long-overlooked Native American voice in media since it began in 1990. The First Nations Film and Video Festival is the only festival dedicated exclusively to Native American filmmakers of all skill levels. See below for venue listings:

FIRST NATIONS FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, November 1 – 9, 2018

MITCHELL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN – GOLDER LIBRARY
3001 CENTRAL STREET, EVANSTON, IL 60201
6-7:30pm – THU 11/1 – The Other 51%!
808 – Meilani Wenska – 0:13:51
Light  – Sarah Hennigan – 0:14:55
Document the Impact – Adreanna Rodriguez – 0:18:00
Star Line – Nikita Day – 0:06:20
TICHO – Adriana Ronquillo Vásquez – 0:17:22
Pageant Perfect – Samantha McDanel – 0:12:22

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:22:50 / 1:30:00 +(0:07:10)

 

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF COMPUTING and DIGITAL MEDIA
243 S WBASH AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60604, ROOM 708
CHICAGO, IL
4-6pm – FRI 11/2
Mino Bimaadiziwin: Good Life – Sierra Karaszewski – 0:32:45
Guardian Ancestor – Ryan Craig, Javier Morin, Jr. – 0:10:43
Voices of Our Ancestors – Joe Yates – 0:12:30
Light – Sarah Hennigan  – 0:14:55
History – Frederick Dakota – 0:04:16
Stockton Houses – Scott Pewenofkit – 0:04:30
Night of the Kanuak – Ian Kane  – 0:17:15
Document the Impact – Adreanna Rodriguez – 0:18:00

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:54:54 / 2:00:00 +(0:05:06)

 

THE WILSON ABBEY
935 W WILSON AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60640
7-9M – FRI 11/2
Guardian Ancestor – Ryan Craig, Javier Morin, Jr. – 0:10:43
Voices of Our Ancestors – Joe Yates – 0:12:30
Stockton Houses – Scott Pewenofkit – 0:04:30
The Healing – Tito Gomez, Barb Briggs – 0:15:00
Soot – Drake Woodall – 0:14:04
The People’s Protectors – Leya Hale – 0:56:48
Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF

Total Program Time: 1:57:17 / 2:00:00 +(0:02:43)

 

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – SWIFT HALL ROOM 107
2029 SHERIDAN ROAD, EVANSTON, IL 60208
7-9pm – SAT 11/3  – The Other 51%!
Mino Bimaadiziwin: The Good Life – Sierra Karaszewski – 0:32:45
Document the Impact – Adreanna Rodriguez – 0:18:00
Pageant Perfect – Samantha McDanel – 0:12:22
Star Line – Nikita Day – 0:06:20
Light – Sarah Hennigan – 0:14:55
Jane & the Wolf – Nadine Arpin – 0:09:45 Best of FNFVF
Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:52:44 / 2:00:00 +(0:07:16)

 

WOODSON REGIONAL LIBRARY
9525 S HALSTED ST, CHICAGO, IL 60628
2-4pm – SUN 11/4
The Land of Woge – Jack Kohler, Elle Beyer – 0:26:00
Document the Impact – Adreanna Rodriguez – 0:18:00
Stockton Houses – Scott Pewenofkit – 0:04:30
Soot – Drake Woodall – 0:14:04
Night of the Kanuak – Ian Kane – 0:17:15
808 – Meilani Wenska – 0:13:51
The Healing – Tito Gomez, Barb Briggs – 0:15:00
History – Frederick Dakota – 0:04:16

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:52:22 / 2:00:00 +(0:07:04)

 

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE – GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
164 N STATE STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60601
7:30-9:30PM – SUN 11/4 – The Other 51%!
The People’s Protectors – Leya Hale – 0:56:48
Nothing About Moccasins – Eden Mallina Awashish – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF
Jane & the Wolf – Nadine Arpin – 0:09:45 Best of FNFVF
Light – Sarah Hennigan – 0:14:55
Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME:1:28:52 / 2:00:00 +(0:31:08)

 

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PARKSIDE
STUDENT CENTER CINEMA
900 WOOD ROAD, KENOSHA, WI 53144
7-9pm – MON 11/5
The Land of Woge – Jack Kohler, Elle Beyer – 0:26:00
The People’s Protectors – Leya Hale – 0:56:48
Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME:1:26:30 / 2:00:00 +(0:33:30)

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO (UIC) – LATINO CULTURAL CENTER
803 S MORGAN STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60607
12-2pm – TUE 11/6
The Land of Woge – Jack Kohler, Elle Beyer – 0:26:00
Stockton Houses – Scott Pewenofkit – 0:04:30
Soot – Drake Woodall – 0:14:04
Night of the Kanuak – Ian Kane – 0:17:15
Guardian Ancestor – Ryan Craig, Javier Morin, Jr. – 0:10:43
The Healing – Tito Gomez, Barb Briggs – 0:15:00
Light – Sarah Hennigan – 0:14:55
Voices of Our Ancestors – Joe Yates – 0:12:30
Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:58:39 / 2:00:00 +(0:01:21)

 

COMFORT STATION
2579 N MILWAUKEE AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60647
7:30-9:30PM – TUE 11/6 – The Other 51%!
Mino Bimaadiziwin: The Good Life – Sierra Karaszewski – 0:32:45
Document the Impact – Adreanna Rodriguez – 0:18:00
Apache Kid, US Army Scout – Victoria Sutton – 0:39:51
808 – Meilani Wenska – 0:13:51
Nothing About Moccasins – Eden Mallina Awashish – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF
Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:51:51 / 2:00:00 +(0:08:09)

 

HAIRPIN ARTS CENTER
2810 N MILWAUKEE AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60618
7-9pm – THU 11/8 – The  Other 51%!
Mino Bimaadiziwin: The Good Life – Sierra Karaszewski – 0:32:45
Pageant Perfect – Samantha McDanel – 0:12:22
TICHO – Adriana Ronquillo Vásquez – 0:17:22
Apache Kid, US Army Scout – Victoria Sutton – 0:39:51
Light – Sarah Hennigan – 0:14:55
[Battles – Karen Pinette Fontaine – 0:03:42 Best of FNFVF]

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:57:15 / 2:00:00 +(0:02:45)

 

CITLALIN GALLERY AND THEATER
2005 S BLUE ISLAND AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60608
7-9pm – FRI 11/9
808 – Meilani Wenska – 0:13:51
Soot – Drake Woodall – 0:14:04
Night of the Kanuak – Ian Kane – 0:17:15
The Healing – Tito Gomez, Barb Briggs – 0:15:00
The People’s Protectors  – Leya Hale  – 0:56:48

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME:1:56:58 / 2:00:00 +(0:03:02)

TOTAL VENUES HOURS: 21:30:00

Spring 2018 FNFVF Programs!

TODAY!

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE/GENE SISKEL CENTER
164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
7:30pm-9:30pm, SUNDAY 5/6
:
Sun and the Great Frog                4:37
Drunktown’s Finest                 1:33:00
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME:     1:37:37

AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER
3401 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60625
7:00-9:00pm, MONDAY 5/7

Shirtnami 0:02:30
Ghost Cop 0:09:00
Ode to the Nine 0:02:42
Red Hand 1:20:00
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:34:12

WILSON ABBEY
935 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

7:00-9:00PM, TUESDAY 5/8
Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany 1:05:00
The Mayors of Shiprock 0:50:00
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:55:00

BEVERLY ARTS CENTER
1309, 2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL
7:30-9:30PM, WEDNESDAY 5/9

Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks 1:42:29
The Importance of Dreaming 0:10:39
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:53:08

LOZANO LIBRARY
1805 S Loomis St, Chicago, IL
5:30-7:30PM, THURSDAY 5/10

The Spider 0:07:12
Ghost Cop 0:09:00
The Smudging 1:34:32
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:50:44

We hope to see you there!