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

FNFVF Spring 2017: Call for Entries Jan 15 – Feb 15!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 13, 2017

First Nations Film and Video Festival Grows with Spring Festival
Laura Guzman (Stockbridge Munsee/Mexican); Photo property of FNFVF Inc.Chicago, Illinois) The First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF, Inc.) is announcing its annual Call for Entries for its Spring 2017 First Nations Film and Video Festival, taking place May 2 – 10, 2017. This spring’s festival marks a shift in venues and continues the growth it has seen int he past few years. Opening at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center the festival features brand new films made by Native American Directors.

The Call for Entries opens January 15 and runs through February 15.  FNFVF Director Ernest M Whiteman III says, “We continue to get some very good films, many of which are never seen by the general public.”

The festival has two guidelines for submissions: it is open to any director enrolled in a Native American tribe or proven heritage of Native ancestry, and the submitted film must be made after January of 2012. “We have had many different types of films screen at the FNFVF, from the short comedy, to feature-length films, even experimental.”

The purpose of the First Nations Film and Video Festival is to support Native American filmmakers of all skill level, and to promote a contemporary representation of Native people in film and media.

“Speaking with our own voice and owning our own experiences as Native people will become more important in the coming years and the festival will serve as a place that Native people can expect to be represented accurately and for Native filmmakers can see their voice given spotlight,” adds Whiteman, who is a Northern Arapaho filmmaker and artist as well.

In addition to its two annual festivals, FNFVF Inc is working to produce a One Day Native American Pop Culture Convention, to present new and exciting ways that Native peoples can represent themselves in modern media. FNFVF Inc also offers an Educational Component for the classroom and event programming, which includes a presentation on Native Americans in media and screening of short films. The Education Program can be tailored to various-sized classrooms, public events, conference programming and more.

FNFVF also offers a roaming screening event which can be booked through the festival, entitled “The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors” this program showcases films directed by Native American women. To book either the Educational Program or “The Other 51%” feel free to visit the official website or use the CONTACT US option on the festival’s Facebook page at: “FNFVF.Inc”

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 that deals exclusively with Native American filmmakers of all skill levels. Visit the First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. web site’s APPLICATION PAGE  for the link to the online application or to download a .pdf version of our paper application, also for more information and to see times and film listings.

Contact Information:
Ernest M. Whiteman III
FNFVF Director
ernest-3@fnfvf.org
Facebook: FNFVF.Inc
Twitter: FNFVF_Dir_EW3