FNFVF Begins November 1st!

We will begin the Fall 2021 First Nations Film and Video Festival at the renowned Music Box Theatre on Monday, November 1 at 7pm CDT, with the Chicago Premiere of SHelley Niro’s “The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw”.
PLEASE NOTE: For the November 1st In-Person event at the Music Box, we will be following the Music Box Theatre’s own Covid-19 guidelines:

“**New Theatre Procedures to Keep Us All Safe**
In conjunction with the Music Box opening to full capacity beginning Friday, October 8th, all visitors to the Music Box Theatre will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test for all screenings and events at the Theare. Guests must provide a valid photo ID, and at least one of the following:

*Physical vaccination card (photocopy is permitted as well)
*Digital vaccination record (Photo from your phone is permitted)
*Negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours of your visit (Photo from your phone is permitted)”

Please consider this when attending the event. We will have a table set up and will check in accordance to their guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Meet the Panelists: Oct 24th Event

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 14th, 2021 at 6:00pm CDT (7pm EDT, 5pm MDT). Panelists include

MICHELLE HERNANDEZ (Wiyot/Latina)
Director: The Little Deer Killer, Douk, The Bartow Project “Untitled” (Still in Production)
Michelle Hernandez is a Wiyot and Latina filmmaker. She grew up on the Table Bluff Reservation, where she found her love for filmmaking. She has a Masters in Film and Electronic Media at American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. at Humboldt State in both Film and Native American Studies. Much of her work focuses on the importance of culture, traditions, and identity, as well as dealing with Indegenous subjects. With her work she gives voice to stories that aren’t often told. She is the co-founder of Sugarbush Hill Productions, which she currently runs with her partner, Richie Wenzler. Her latest works include Douk and The Bartow Project.

RAMONA EMERSON (Diné)
Director: The Backroad, The Last Trek, A Return Home, Hidden Talents, Opal, The Mayors of Shiprock, The Protector, Crossing the Line
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 her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) in 2015 from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is an Emmy nominee, a Sundance Native Lab Fellow, a Time-Warner Storyteller Fellow, a Tribeca All-Access Grantee and a WGBH Producer Fellow. Ramona just finished her first novel, Shutter, which will be published with SOHO Books in 2022.

PAMELA PETERS (Diné)
Directed: Legacy of Exiled NDNZ (2014), Indian Alley (2021)
Pamela J. Peters is a Diné multimedia documentarian from the Navajo Reservation where she was born and raised. Her first clan is Tachii’nii (Red Running into the Water clan), which she uses to identify her photography. Pamela’s work captures not only still images documenting people, cultures, and environments; she also incorporates storytelling with video digital capturing that is completed with a unique and distinctive creative style. Her creative lens explores the history and identity of her participants, which she calls Indigenous Realism, which often places a nostalgic aesthetic in her photographic images. She incorporates black and white photography to express her photography series: Legacy of Exiled NDNZ that explores the 1950s Indian Relocation program; and Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood, that evocates studio-style portraits of Hollywood glamour of the 1940s and 1950s.

SARAH HANNIGAN (Cherokee)
Director: Light
Sarah grew up on-set and backstage, and has been involved in the arts ever since. Her directorial work has been seen in festivals such as LA SkinsFest, Māoriland Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, and the Green Bay Film Festival. Outside of writing and directing her own films, she focuses on documentary and narrative cinematography, with work recently shown at SXSW, the Austin Film Festival, the Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase, and seen on PBS.

UPDATE: Tammy Lynn Elder is unable to participate in Sunday’s event.
TAMMY LYNN ELDER (Ojibwe)
Director/Producer: Project Eagle Feather)
Tammy Lynne, an Ojibwa Native, from the Nippissing First Nations, is an aboriginal Filmmaker/Performer that is currently overseeing the distributing, marketing and post production of her 1st large project entitled STOLEN GENERATIONS, This documentation of unheard stories introduces the continuing legacy of aboriginal story telling and will be used to heavily market the feature project on community levels. She worked along side producer/performer Ryan Black(actor Dance Me Outside, The Rez) and Jesse Green(Producer/Owner Strong Front Studios) to complete a demo of the project. She finished her first run at training sexually exploited/aboriginal Youth at Risk in the film and broadcast industry last year. As well as being a filmmaker, Tammy Lynne is an actor, stunt performer and activist.

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We hope to see you there.

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.

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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)

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