FILMS of the Spring 2018 FNFVF!

Viva Diva (15:00) -Note: Adult themes
Rozene and Diva are partners on a road trip to get their gender affirmation surgeries. Along the way Rozene comforts Diva with humor when Diva has trouble reconciling she has HIV. Relying on sex work to pay for their operations, Rozene places an ad on Craigslist as they drive through the place where she grew up. Directed by Daniel Flores (Yaqui/Mexican)
 
Joe (5:31)
joe is forced to take a look in the mirror and have a talk with himself in regards to his addiction. he learns a lesson about self respect. Directed by jack belhumeur (Metis)
 
secret of the bigfoot tribe (6:02)
a father tells his sons of a great secret involving the legendary bigfoot. A secret treaty between a bigfoot tribe and indigenous elders long ago. Directed by jack belhumeur (Metis)
 
We Only Went Out at Night (4:00)
An undead woman must endure love and loss to discover a new reason to live. Directed by Brannigan Carter (Lumbee)
 
Sun and the Great Frog (4:37)
A Cherokee Eclipse Story in the Cherokee Language. A great frog tries to swallow the sun. Directed by joseph erb (Cherokee)
 
Stand up (18:00)
Anecdotes and stories told by the grandparents of Esteban, and also a moment with them from when he was a child, have stayed in his memory. A moment that always created questions within him. Little by little he began growing up and finding answers, and with them, a sense of cultural and ancestral belonging that he felt the need to know about and reaffirm. Directed by Esteban Lema (Kichwa Nation Diaspora)
 
Forgotten (6:15)
Levi lives a simple life until escalating visions too strong to ignore lead him to reconnect to his indigenous heritage. Directed by Jesse Spence (Mathias Colomb Cree/Lake Saint Martin First Nation)
 
Shirtnami (2:30)
A Shirtnami takes over a town, only to be conquered by Skateboarding Pants. Directed by Colton Sillier (Cree/Blackfoot)
 
Refraction (6:25) An afternoon excursion takes a spiritual turn when a photographer helps a lost soul find peace. Directed by Chad Baker (Choctaw)
 
Ghost Cop (9:00)
“Ghost Cop” tells the story of Detective James McClusky Jr. as he seeks answers for a troubling mystery. Directed by Jesse Monday (Cherokee)
 
The Importance of Dreaming (10:39)
Old lonely Owl dreams of having his own family. In his travels he comes upon a large skulk of foxes playing together. Owl thinks they are beautiful and he watches over them for many days and nights. He wishes he could have such a beautiful family. One fox is different, she notices Owl and watches him. Owl flies down to meet her and showing off his charms, becomes a part of the skulk. Foxx and Owl fall in love, but their love is met with contention driving Foxx and Owl away to try to find happiness together. This is a true legend based on a love story between a Native Canadian woman and a non-Native man, taking place sometime between 1867-1985 when the Indian Act of Canada suppressed the rights of Indigenous women married to a non-Native. Directed by Tara Audibert (Tobique First Nations, Canada)
 
Exulansis (1:52)
Exulansis is a visual representation providing insight into the experience and symptoms of anxiety and borderline personality disorders. For those with these experiences, it can be difficult to translate the abstract and nuanced feelings into something relatable to others. Directed by Melanie Weldon (Cherokee) & Adrienne Johnson
 
Paradise Lost (5:29)
A montage showing the destructive modern age of San Francisco’s outcasted youth. Directed by Nicholas Batres (Taino)
 
The Spider (7:12)
Chuck has a crush on the flower shop girl next door. Using a superhero card drawn by his co-worker Kelly, Chuck tries to strike up a conversation with her. Directed by Roger Boyer (Canadian Indigenous, Non-status)
 
“C & J Forever…” (6:37)
Jack returns home to visit his childhood friend Candace before she starts her new life. Directed by Roger Boyer (Canadian Indigenous, Non-status)
 
Generations (7:19)
A look into Contemporary Native life through the eyes of a mother and her children on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation of Northern Nevada. Directed by Anthony Florez (Pyramid Lake Paiute)
 
Gathered Places: An Indian Documentary Film (18:58)
What happens when two Indian filmmakers, one from southern India and the other from an Indian reservation in western New York State, visits each other’s homelands? What are the similarities or differences between these ancient cultures? How does the modern world affect how they see themselves, each other and the outside world?
GATHERED PLACES is a documentary film that shows the worlds of India and Native America through the “Indian” lenses of filmmakers Terry Jones and Govind Diece. Directed by Terry Jones (Seneca) & Govind Deice
 
Ode to the Nine (2:42)
This video is influenced by artist Jon Rafman. His work “9-Eyes” and “You, the World and I” inspired the filmmaker to make “Ode to the Nine”. This short experimental video allows the filmmaker to ponder the relevance of the moving image and what impacts it has on the Native experience of the past, present and future. Directed by Tery Jones (Seneca)
 
Reclamation (3:44)
A short poetic documentary film about Indigenous Identity Directed by Viveka Frost (Teques/Caribe)
 
The Mayors of Shiprock (52:00)
Every Monday in the small community of Shiprock, New Mexico, a group of young Navajo leaders meet to decide how they will help their community. For over seven years, the Northern Dine Youth Committee has worked to give youth opportunities to directly make changes within their community. But while the NDYC works to make changes, many members also consider their own futures, commitments to family and the world outside of the Shiprock. While they love their community, they all must consider their options both on and off the reservation. Directed by Ramona Emerson (Navajo)
 
Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way (1:05:00)
“Winnetou”, the still popular American Indian character created by German author Karl May in the 19th century is a symbol of Native stereotypes, of lingering racism & colonialism: the self-bestowed privilege of taking and using whatever you want, even living peoples, for self-gratification. Intentional or not, these attitudes and behaviors continue the cycle of genocide, and can be harmful to everyone, no matter their ethnicity.
Most films on similar topics concentrate only on Native experiences in North America, but through discussions with Natives, living in or having visited Germany, the correction of Eurocentricized history & insight on German society, we’ll present why these stereotypes and practices must end: in Germany and worldwide. While some may minimize the effect or harm of stereotypes, they are evidence of much deeper societal issues of injustice, inequality and inequity based on racial or ethnic heritage, many countries face. Directed by Red Haircrow (Chiricahua Apache/Cherokee)
 
Innu Nikamu: resist and sing (1:32:00)
A documentary that tells the story of the Innu Nikamu Native Music Festival through the eyes of its founders and musicians. A story of healing, a duty of remembrance. Kevin Directed by Bacon Hervieux (Innu)
 
Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks (1:42:29)
“Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks” is a documentary film about the life of singer-songwriter Danny Brooks. An entertainer with over 40 years experience in the music industry who performs in a wide variety of forms; as a solo artist, in a duet with his wife Debi and as part of a band. His stage is diverse … bars, clubs, house concerts, churches, prisons and festivals. A true chameleon … one part street savvy musician; another part born again preacher, Brooks life and career runs the gamut of all spectrum’s of life much like his music which chronicles the good times, the bad times, relationships, heaven, hell and salvation. A man of deep religious belief and conviction Brooks has an uncanny capacity for reaching out and touching the lives of those around him. Directed by Christopher Darton (Metis)
 
The Smudging (1:34:32)
A group of paranormal researchers are called to investigate a Native American cultural center where the staff and community have been experiencing aggressive supernatural activity. What the group discovers is something they are not prepared to face. Directed by Mike J. Marin (Laguna/Navajo/Washoe)
 
Red Hand (1:20:00)
A man with the power to heal time-travels from the future to rescue a tech genius who is pivotal in saving the Native American race. They are helped by a psychic comic book artist who has foreseen them coming when an officer is sent from the future to destroy them. Directed by Rod Pocowachit (Comanche, Pawnee and Shawnee)
 
Drunktown’s Finest (1:33:00)
On a beautifully desolate Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people – a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous but gorgeous transsexual – search for love and acceptance. As the three find their lives becoming more complicated and their troubles growing, their paths begin to intersect. With little in common other than a shared heritage, they soon learn that the key to overcoming their respective obstacles may come from the most unlikely of sources, each other.
Inspired by a 20/20 story that called her hometown of Gallup, NM “Drunktown USA,” writer/director Sydney Freeland has constructed a moving and ultimately uplifting story about coming of age in the most challenging of circumstances while still finding hope, healing, and the chance for a better life. Directed by Sydney Freeland (Navajo)
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FNFVF INC Readies Spring 2018 Festival

Native American first-voice and self-representation has been an on-going issue in many arenas of society. None, so deeply ingrained than film, where the image of Native peoples has been the subject of much controversy on past years. To promote a better representation, the First Nations Film and Video Festival has been at the forefront of promoting films by Native American Directors from the US, Canada Central and South America, and Mexico.

The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc’s Call for Entries for the Spring 2018 season is open and the deadline is FEBRUARY 17, 2018. You can get an application on the FNFVF website or via FilmFreeway at this link:

The Spring festival runs May 1st through the 10th at various venues across Chicago and beyond. Last fall the FNFVF hosted events in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Columbus, Missouri. It also host events at the Music Box Theater and the Gene Siskel Film Center. The festival continues to grow with submissions increasing festival to festival.

For more information, contact FNFVF Inc at festival@fnfvf.org, or visit their Facebook Page. We look forward to having another great festival. Thanks are owed to the FNFVF Board , the venues for their unstinting support, and all the Native American filmmakers making their voice heard. The First Nations Film and Video Festival is ready to put your works on screen!

FNFVF at the University of Missouri

University of Missouri
College of Arts and Science;
Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Presents the
First Nations Film and Video Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival is proud to be able to partner with the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science, Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in presenting this fall’s film selection at the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Sterlin Harjo’s “Mekko” will screen once more alongside selected short films from the fall film festival in Chicago, IL. It begins Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6pm in Schlundt Hall and runs through Wednesday, November 15th. Program includes an exclusive Director’s Discussion with Diné filmmaker Ramona Emerson as she discusses here latest film “The Mayors of Shiprock.”

Much thanks goes to Joseph Erb, Professor at the School for Visual Studies for putting together the programs.

Monday 11/13/17- 6pm
Schlundt Hall 103
SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

Tuesday 11/13/17
Geology 123
(Keller Auditorium)
SHORT FILMS PROGRAM
MEKKO directed by Sterling Harjo

Wed 11/15/17 6:00 p.m.
Schlundt Hall 103
DIRECTOR DISCUSSION: RAMONA EMERSON
Film and Discussion with filmmaker “The Mayors of Shiprock” was filmed almost exclusively on the Navajo reservation and tell story about the people who call it home. Often because of the remoteness and lack of access and support, this film don’t make it out into these communities. We would like to change that. This film hold important stories and histories of the Diné people.

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She received her degree in Media Arts in 1997 from the University of New Mexico and has worked as a professional videographer, writer and editor for over twenty years.

Ramona is a Sundance Native Filmmakers Lab Fellow and a Time/Warner Storyteller Fellow and is a graduate of the 2013 CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH Boston. Ramona just finished the first draft of her novel, Shutter and recently received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

For more information: Joseph Erb (erbj@missouri.edu)