A Statement from FNFVF Inc

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Black lives matter.

Let this statement be said first and foremost.

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc stands in support with Black Lives Matter and in support of any movement for the attainment of equality and justice for marginalized and repressed communities.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep working for justice.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
Director, FNFVF Inc

Board of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc:
BC Echohawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma)
Samantha Garcia (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Don Nole (Bad River Band – Chippewa)
Janie Pochel (Oji-Cree)
Christine Recloud (White Earth Ojibwe)
Winfield Woundedeye (Northern Cheyenne and Ojibwe) – FNFVF Youth Ambassador

Welcome to the official FNFVF Inc. Website

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Welcome to the Official Website of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc.

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are directed by Indigenous/Native American filmmakers from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. is to support Indigenous/Native American filmmakers of all skill levels and work to provide them a venue for their works and voice.

FNFVF Inc runs two annual film festivals a year at various venues across Chicago, surrounding suburbs, and beyond. The festivals take place:

MAY 1 – 10 & NOVEMBER 1 -10 every year.

You can also “Like” us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! You can also see what our FNFVF Director is up to!

FNFVF, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization thanks to the Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, which supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application.

Thanks also to the Crossroads Fund for their invaluable support:

You can support the First Nations Film and Video Festival and help us support Native American Filmmakers! To continue your support click the DONATE button below. Thank you for your support of Native American Movie Makers across North America.




First Nations Film and Video Festival – Fall 2021 Edition

Monday, November 1, 2021, 7:00pm
Opening Event:

MUSIC BOX THEATRE
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

CHICAGO PREMIERE!
The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw
Directed by Shelley Niro

As MITZI BEARCLAW turns 25 years-old, she is faced with a tragic decision – stay in the big city to pursue her dream of designing hats or leave her boyfriend and return home to her isolated reserve to help care for her sick mother. Loyal to her family, Mitzi reluctantly returns to Owl Island to find that not much has changed. Her confidence and modern style clash with the sleepy, slow-paced island; the bullies are the same; the handsome HONEYBOY is still running the water taxi; and ANNABELLE, Mitzi’s mother is still as bitter and unloving as ever. She’s also reunited with her spiritual friends, FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY who guide her as she navigates a year of anger, loss and love. Mitzi is soon surprised to find comfort in being home and starts to question her destiny.

The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw stars Morningstar Angeline (Drunktown’s Finest, Longmire) as MITZI BEARCLAW; Andrew Martin (Fire Song) as CHARLIE B.; Gail Maurice (Johnny Greyeyes, Assini) as ANNABELLE BEARCLAW; Billy Merasty (Indian Horse, Shinaab) as WILLIAM BEARCLAW; Gary Farmer (Deadman, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuri) as OLIVER YELLOWDOG; Vance Banzo (Indian Horse) as RINGO-LEAVES-NO-SHADOW; Ajuawak Kapashesit (Indian Horse, Shinaab) as HONEYBOY YELLOWDOG; and Roseanne Supernault (Rhymes For Young Ghouls, Blackstone) as SIMONE MUSKRAT.

The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw is produced by Turtle Night Productions, Freddie Films and Circle Blue Entertainment with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and Ontario Creates. levelFilm is the Canadian distributor.

WEDNESDAY 11.3, 7:00pm
Online Program 1:
Occupying the Megalopolis (1:45:32)

THURSDAY 11.4, 7:00pm
Online Program 2: Short Films Program
BIRD/OISEAU (1:01)
Field of Peace (10:43)
Apocalypse … Then (9:30)
My First Native American Boyfriend (4:45)
Dirty Dog (12:43)
37% Pure Evil (20:00)
Halloween Baby (6:38)

The Unforgotten (35:49)
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:41:09

FRIDAY 11.5, 7:00pm
Online Program 3: Short Films From the South
it´s allright! (1:03)
“Osmildo” (26:56)
Bonds of the Matriarch (19:53)
SHUN (7:11)
Puka Wayko (16:00)
The Marriage – ( K´ULUB´IK ) (18:05)
SEK BUY – The Ritual to the Sun – El Ritual al Sol (8:00)

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:37:08

SATURDAY 11.6, 1:00pm
BLOCK CINEMA (In-person, COVID Guidelines in place)
40 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208
Mâmawi Nikamowak 1:01:29
From the Bawadaan Collective, a series of 24 short films.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-nations-film-and-video-festival-presents-bawaadan-collective-shorts-tickets-178344572417

SATURDAY 11.6, 3:00pm
BEZAZIAN LIBRARY (In-person, COVID Guidelines in place)
1226 W AINSLIE STREET, Chicago, IL
My son, My Father (13:08)
Incendios (58:30)
TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:11:38

SUNDAY 11.7, 7:00pm
Online Program 4:
Three Souls (1:35:00)

TUESDAY 11.9, 7:00pm

Online Program 5:
Monumental Super Kids (1:21:32)

Get your FREE Tickets BY CLICKING THIS LINK and you will receive a Zoom link and pass code with your confirmation email.

Thank you for your support.

Event Three: FNFVF Online Panel Discussion Series Oct. 24, 6pm CDT

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc continues its online panel discussion series with “The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors” taking place on Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at 6:00pm CDT (7pm EDT, 5pm MDT). Panelists include Native American women directors discussing issues that affect them in the industry and hosted by FNFVF Inc Board Member BC Echohawk.

 

The Zoom event is free and open to the public. You can get your free tickets by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Panelists for this event include:

MICHELLE HERNANDEZ (Douk)
SARAH HANNIGAN (Light)
PAMELA J PETERS (NDN Exiles)
RAMONA EMERSON (Mayors of Shiprock)
TAMMY LYNN ELDER (Project Eagle Feather)

The “Fine, We’ll Do It Ourselves” Online Panel Discussion Series began in July 2021 to give Native American filmmakers, producers, and festival directors a space to discuss topics that concern their art, their representation, and the ever-shirking spaces for Native voices. FNFVF Inc. is planning a winter and spring series for online panels.

POSTPONEMENT: Event Two of the FNFVF Online Panel Discussion Series

Due to no RSVP from invited guest, FNFVF Inc has decided to postpone the upcoming Sept 26th Event it was planning and focus on the Oct 24th event, “The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors”.

We have some new events in the planning, including more outdoor screenings in Chicago. We have new merchandise for sale at our TeeSpring store. All profits go to help festival expenses.

Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming  Fall 2021 FNFVF which runs Nov. 1 – 10, 2021. We will announce the opening event next week!

Thank you for all of your support!