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

Announcing the Spring 2017 Short Films!

FNFVF SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

Jane & the Wolf (9:45) 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.
Director: Nadine Arpin (Métis)

Water is Life (4:37)
An animated film that talks about the issue of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their struggle to survive as they try to protect the water source into their small nation. Narrated by The Standing Rock Chairman.
Director: Joseph Erb (Cherokee Nation)

Mi Familia 2: Class Order Family Tribe (26:04)
Mi Familia 2: Class Order Family Tribe  is a silent, experimental documentary by Queer/Latino/Native American filmmaker Rob Fatal. The film is comprised entirely of 60 year old 8mm footage created by the filmmaker’s matrilineal Native American family as they struggled to survive poverty, racism, and boredom in 1960s Central California. Utilizing techniques of self authorship and camp pioneered by queer filmmaking pioneers like Marlon Riggs, Cheryl Dunye and Sadie Benning, Fatal inserts himself into the macabre and comedic film as a textual narrator in an effort to examine his family and his overlapping and differing generational strategies for survival and identity.
Director: Rob Fatal (Southern Plains Ute, Jirillica Apache)

Native Snaglines (4:52)
In the Native community, “snagging” is slang for picking up, or hooking up, with that special person you’ve had your eye on. In this short film, “What’s your best Snagline?”, is the question that’s posed to the local Indigenous community in Ottawa, resulting in fun and tantalizing responses.
Directors: Howard Adler & Charlotte Hoelke Anishinaabe (Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Canada)

Written In My Blood (3:02)
Written In My Blood is a collaborative film featuring choreography and performance by Aboriginal contemporary dancer Jeanette Kotowich (Cree Metis) accompanied by a remix by Dean Hunt from the Heiltsuk Nation. This film follows a young indigenous women’s transcendence through her contemporary practice through movement and breath.
Director: Steven Davies (Coast Salish-Snuneymuxw)

THE WINEMAKER (5:01)
Vic leaves his marital problems behind and goes on a winery tour and on his journey he meets two children but are they real or imaginary? At the vineyard, THE WINEMAKER plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with Vic.  At the climax, THE WINEMAKER forces Vic to decide to save himself or the souls of the two children. Remember that #TheWinemakerknows
Director: Narsiesse Paul (Adams Lake Indian Band)

ZiLLA Z. DooGiN – So So What (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (2:21)
Music Video for Experimental Hip-Hop Artist, ZiLLA Z. DooGiN
Director: Zee Mathis (Cherokee Descent)

Sparrow Hawk (15:00)
When teenagers, Michael and Jessie Sparrow Hawk have a dirt bike accident  they must survive in the wilderness. Once found they begin their personal recovery. How will they recover and who will help them along the way?
Director: Roger Slagle (Paiute)

ôtênaw (40:00)
ôtênaw is a film documenting the oral storytelling of dwayne donald, an educator from edmonton alberta, canada. drawing from nêhiyawak philosophies, he speaks about the multilayered histories of indigneous peoples’ presence both within and around amiskwacîwâskahikan, or what has come to be known as the city of edmonton.
Director: Conor McNally (Métis)

Gripped (7:28)
A Father must overcome his fears in order to pass custom and tradition on to his Son.     Terry Jones, Govind Deecee
Director: Terry Jones (Seneca Nation of Indians)

Empire State (5:03)
This film shows invasion, war and occupation through the perspective of an Indigenous character. This film has no dialogue or narration and features wild onions, Iroquois white corn and a turtle rattle.
Directors: Terry Jones (Seneca Nation of Indians), Govind Deecee

Hearthless (4:00)
Hiraeth is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation, but some attempt to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.    Homer’s Iliad describes a character that is in the worst imaginable position, known as the hearthless, lawless, stateless man; that there is nothing worse than to be outside the civic order of things. To be separated from people of one’s own kind; separated from laws and habitats of your people. At the same time, there’s something beautiful in observing this ‘other,’ making you feel thankful and privileged. In seeing parallels between this idea and the experience of leaving the small reservation communities or feeling alien in your own land, I created this video that embodies these concepts while also freeing the stereotypical Native American characters.
Directors: Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock and Hassanamisco-Nipmuc)

Konãgxeka: the Maxakali Flood (12:50)
Konãgxeka in the maxakali indigenous language means “big water”. It’s the maxakali version of the great flood. As a punishment because of selfishness and greed of men, the yãmîy spirits send the “big water”.

It is an indigenous film. One of the directors is representative of the Maxakali indigenous people in the state of Minas Gerais, southeast Brazil. The movie is in Maxakali language, with subtitles. The film’s argument is the myth of the flood by Maxakali people. The illustrations for the film were made by indigenous Maxakali during workshop held at Aldeia Verde (Maxakali Green Village).
Directors: Charles Bicalho and Isael Maxakali (Maxakali Barzailian)

I Am Thy Weapon (11:25)
A young Navajo woman comes home and returns to the place where she witnessed her older sister’s murder. Attempting to confront the tragedy, she tries to make peace while trying to stay away from the vandalistic past that killed her sister. Discovering she can’t escape who she is, she realizes that killing the trauma has nothing to do with violence.
Directed/Written by: Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Diné)

Scoot Life (3:03)
“The scooter kids asked for a edit, so I made them one. I let them choose everything from music to lines preformed.”
Directed by: Dane Whiteman (Northern Arapaho)

Keep your eyes here for coming info on the Spring 2017 Program and Feature Film Announcement!