Friends of FNFVF: Walker Arts Center Screens Native Films

Walker Art Center to screen film series by American Indian filmmakers

The film series focuses on American Indian-produced films that feature American Indian stories

By Maddy Folstein

The Walker Art Center will screen a film series in March aimed at showcasing the American Indian experience.

All directors whose work is showcased at the series — entitled “INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present” — are American Indian themselves, allowing the series to examine the community’s representation in filmmaking.

“The focus of the film series is to highlight Native directors,” said Missy Whiteman, the filmmaker behind “The Coyote Way: Going Back Home” — a film that was shot in Minneapolis with an entirely American Indian cast.

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BLOCK CINEMA PRESENTS: The Other 51% – March 31, 2016

FNFVF-Spring-Poster-2015-TREE-1In conjunction with the Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future symposium and One Book One Northwestern, Block Cinema is proud to host an evening with Ernest M. Whiteman III, the Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. The screening takes place at the Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Dr. Evanston, Illinois on Thursday March 31, 2016. Films begin at 7:00pm.

The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. advocates for the works of Native American films and videos that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society. An invited speaker at the Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future symposium on Friday, April 1, Whiteman has curated this program of short films as a celebration of the important and underrepresented work of Native American female directors.

The screening will be preceded by a reception at 6pm.

The program includes:

Crash Site dir. Sonya Ballantyne (Cree) – 13:00 min, A runway First Nations girl tries to find her way home.

Legacy: Exiled NDNz dir. Pamela Peters (Navajo) – 14:00 min, Director Peters explores the legacy of urban Indians today in reflection on the seminal film “The Exiles”

Opal dir. Ramona Emerson (Navajo) – 11:00 min, A young girls struggles against a gang of boys.

Conversion dir. Nanobah Becker (Navajo) – 9:00 min, (In Navajo with English subtitles)

Nawa Giizhiigong dir. Missy Whiteman (N. Arapaho/Kickapoo) – 7:00 min, an exploration of reality through the eyes of two Native men.

Sunny Winter Day dir. Valerie Hughes (Mohawk) – 10:02 min, looking for roots on a sunny winter day.

Shi-shi-etko dir. Kate Kroll & Marilyn Thomas (Saulteaux) – 12:00 min, an adaptation of I. Nicola Campbell’s children’s book. A young girl counts down the days before she must leave for residential school.

Verbs in Lakota dir. Alayna Eagle Shield (Lakota) – 3:00 min, a documentary on language.

TOTAL RUN TIME: approx. 79 min.

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