FNFVF Spring 2020: Postponed

Sorry for the lateness of this announcement: FNFVF Inc will be postponing and rescheduling the Spring 2020 FNFVF. June seems the likely time frame but we will await further information. Our apologies. It is costly for us to put up an online festival. But we are looking at options. Thanks again for your support. Stay tuned for announcements. Stay safe. Stay home.

FNFVF at the Newberry Library – New Film Series

We are pleased to announce:
First Nations Film and Video Festival at the Newberry
Native Film Series

Beginning Saturday, November 10, at the Newberry Library
Featured Films Screening:


Choctaw Code Talkers
Directed by Valerie Red Horse – Cherokee
The heartfelt and personal story of Choctaw soldiers whose dedication and bravery assisted in ending World War I, even though as individuals, the men were not recognized as American citizens.

Total run time: 54:00


The Honor Riders

Directed by Ralphina Hernandez – Navajo (Diné)
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle. The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free.
This is their legacy…

Total run time: 1:45:00

With commentary and a Q&A with FNFVF Director

Then, each month, FNFVF Inc. and the D’Arcy McNickle Center will present a new screening around various themes and topics.

Subsequent dates include December 9, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11.

Thank you to Susan Sleeper Smith, Patrick Rochford, and Alex Teller for their extraordinary assistance in putting this together.

Join us for the first of the series on November 10 beginning at 1:00pm.

For more information visit the Film Series page on the Newberry Library website.

FREE with RSVP.

Join us for the next screening in the film series: DECEMBER 9, 2019.

We hope to see you there.

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.