FNFVF 2013 Begins Tomorrow

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First Nations Film and Video Festival Fall Program Starts Nov. 1

Chicago, Illinois) First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF, Inc.) has set its Fall 2013 Festival. This year’s festival is set to take place November 1st through the 10th, 2013 at the following dates and locations:

Friday, Nov. 1 at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery in the Thompson Center at 11:00am featuring the FNFVF Short Films Program and the feature “on the Ice”. There is also an evening program at Chicago Filmmakers at 7:30pm which features the Chicago premiere of “The Cherokee Word for Water”.

The festival screens again Monday, Nov. 4 at the Beverly Arts Center starting at 7:30pm with “On the Ice”. The festival then continues, Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Logan Theater in the Logan Square neighborhood at 4:00pm screening “The Cherokee Word for Water”. There is a special PPR screening on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois beginning at 7:00pm.

All feature films will be presented at DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media beginning at 12:00pm on Friday, Nov. 8th. Closing up the festival on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Citlalin Gallery and Theater in Pilsen with the FNFVF Short Films program and the feature film “Mesnak”.

An all-day screening of selected short film and a re-screening of “The Cherokee Word for Water” is taking place at the Latino Cultural Center on the campus of the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC) on Tuesday, Nov. 19th starting at 12:00pm.

All programs are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Logan Theatre screening can be picked up at the box office.


Dedicated to providing a 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. Festival Schedule Page to view film listings. See our SHORT FILMS LISTNG HERE.

Contact Information:
Ernest M. Whiteman III
FNFVF Director
Website: www.fnfvf.org
Facebook: FNFVF.Inc
Twitter: FNFVF_Dir_EW3

Thanks from a grateful FNFVF, Inc.

The new FNFVF, Inc. Logo!The first ever FNFVF Fundraiser was a great success! So many people and friends showed up. I am certainly proud of our efforts and am looking forward to future endeavors. There are so many people to thank. First of all, great thanks go to all who donated an item to be auctioned or raffled:

With thanks to Alaka Wali and the Field Museum, Arturo Castro and the University of Mexico (UNAM), Beckie Stocchetti and Chicago Filmmakers, The Landmark Cinemas, The Music Box Theater, Allen Turner and Ehdrigohr, Darlene Ortiz, Christine Redcloud, Alfonso “Pilotos” Ruez, Karen Redford, Bonnie Barnes, Jef Maldonado, Laura Barron, Karina Aragon and Sharon Gissy for their support in our fundraising efforts and most especially, Jonathan Medrano and Susana Aquilar for the food!

To our DJ, Jimmy Becker who kept folks on their feet with your great selections and to  our audio engineer, both of you handled all our audio issues with aplomb and a smoothness that made it seem like it was all too easy. To Mike Marin and Allen Turner for helping support the film.


Thanks go out to the performers:
Firstly, to Josie Dykas for being our Emcee, you kept things light and lively as you ever do. Thanks go to Dave Spencer for his opening song. Your voice continues to awe me my friend. Many thanks go to the members of Nahui Ollin for their dance and prayer offer. Seeing your young ones up there with you inspires us still. Raiz Viva, you guys blew the roof off the joint. What more can I say about these guys? For the attendees who missed them, missed something special and your music is truly a unique creation. Thanks for coming and supporting our cause.

To the FNFVF Board for coming through and putting it together.

Lastly, thank you to all our attendees, for your support of our festival and of our event. We work hard to bring you the films we show every year and to see so many folks out in support so that we can continue is a true inspiration. Thank you all.

Humbly submitted,
Ernest M. Whiteman III, Director, FNFVF, Inc.

PS: Picture to follow….

First Fundraiser for Chicago Native Film Festival

FNFVF Fundraiser 2013






First Fundraiser for Chicago Native Film Festival

Chicago, IL) Get ready for our first Fundraiser event for First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF, Inc.). Funds raised will go directly to supporting the Spring 2014 & Fall 2014 Film Festivals as well as some new educational programs being planned. The FNFVF Fundraiser takes place at the Citlalin Gallery & Theater, 2005 South Blue Island Avenue on Saturday, October 12th, 2013. Doors open at 6:00pm with event program beginning at 7:00pm and there is a $10 SUGGESTED DONATION at the door.

What is First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc.?

Chicago’s longest-running Native American film and video festival dedicated to providing appropriate venues for Native American film and video makers of all skill levels. We do this without compensation because our focus is never the festival but the filmmakers and their works. We work hard to get the beginning filmmakers’ voice in front of an audience. It takes a lot of time and effort and we do this for no pay because we believe in their film making efforts.

All of FNFVF, Inc.’s events are free and open to the public. We charge no application fees to the filmmaker and we never charge the venues for putting on our programs. We are dedicated to support Native American first-voice and self-representation. FNFVF, Inc. is the current recipient of a Crossroads Fund grant and a Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application, which is currently under review.

The Fundraiser begins at 7:00pm with an opening ceremony followed by a drum song performed by Dave Spencer, new FNFVF Board Member. There will be musical performances by Nahui Ollin, an Aztec Dance troupe and Raiz Viva, local Indigenous band. DJ Jimmy Becker will be on hand to keep the spirits up and moving. We will have silent auctions for donated art, games and more. Raffles for movie nights at local theaters and more.

Join us for food, art, music, film, raffles and auctions with host emcee, the lovely and funny Native Comedian, Josie Dykas. Also, be there for the World Premiere screening of two scenes from “HAMLET” a feature motion picture currently under production from Redshade Productions.


Ernest M. Whiteman III, FNFVF Director

Gustavo Sanchez, Meztli Director, FNFVF Board Member