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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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:

3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

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
Field of Peace (10:43)
Apocalypse … Then (9:30)
My First Native American Boyfriend (4:45)
37% Pure Evil (20:00)
Halloween Baby (6:38)

The Unforgotten (35:49)

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)


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)

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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Thank you for your support.

Meet the Filmmakers – July 25th Online Panelists

On July 25th, 2021 at 6pm (CST), First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc will begin a series of online panel discussions with Indigenous/Native American filmmakers, in an effort to promote spaces for Indigenous/Native American voices. The series will begin July 25, with two more panel discussions taking place in September and October 2021.

The topic of the first panel “Then You Should Just Make Your Own Movies – Why are Native Directors Overlooked?” will be discussed by five established and up-and-coming filmmakers. The panel for the first session includes:

Doreen Manuel, MFA, Canthupka Kakin (Running Wolf), Secwepemc/Ktunaxa
Director of “Unceded Chiefs”
Doreen is the sixth child of Grand Chief George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She a residential school survivor, mother of three children and is an award-winning filmmaker. Doreen is the Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Network, Women in Film & Television, Vancouver International Film Festival and Moving Images Distribution. She also serves on the Motion Picture Production Association of BC Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is an advisor to the Telefilm Indigenous Working Group, Telefilm Talent to Watch fund, TELUS Storyhive – Indigenous envelope, and Matriarch advisor to IM4 virtual and augmented reality training program. Doreen is a founder and instructor for the Tricksters and Writers feature film screenwriting program for Indigenous women and a founder of the Indigenous Digital Accelerator and the Filmmakers in Indigenous Leadership and Management Business Affairs program.

Joseph Erb (Cherokee Nation)
Director of “The Beginning They Told”, “Trail of Tears”, “Uktena and Thunder”, and “The Sun and the Great Frog”
Joseph Lewis Erb is a computer animator, film producer, educator, language technologist and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. He earned his MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Erb created the first Cherokee animation in the Cherokee language, “The Beginning They Told”. He used his artistic skills to teach Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students how to animate traditional stories. Most of this work is created in the Cherokee language. He has spent many years working on projects that will expand the use of Cherokee language in technology and the Arts. Erb teaches at University of Missouri in Digital Storytelling.

Shelley Niro, Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan.
Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist. Her work involves photography, painting, bead-work and film. Niro is conscious the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indig-enous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relent-lessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Photo series such as MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES, THIS LAND IS MIME LAND and M: STORIES OF WOMEN are a few of the genre of artwork.

Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017 Ni-ro received the Governor General’s Award For The Arts from the Canada Council, The Scotiabank Photography Award and also received the Hnatyshyn Foundation RE-VEAL Award.

Niro recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and De-sign University. She also was the 2019 Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography.

Christopher Marshall (Muscogee Creek)
Director of feature film “Ramblin'”
Christopher attended college at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas where he first honed his skills working behind the camera. Since graduating Christopher as become a prolific videographer. When not behind the lens or sealed into an editing room, he likes to spend time with his loving and hilarious wife and their adorable son in Omaha, Nebraska.

April Maloney (Mi’kmaq – Nova Scotia, Canada)
Director of “Hockey: A Mi’kmaq Creation Story”
My name is April Maloney and I am an independent filmmaker in Atlantic Canada. I became involved with film after doing a video editing course at one of the local collages in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am currently working on documenting some of our local elders here in my home community of Indian Brook.

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Topics for upcoming panels include:
September 2021:
“Where All the Natives At?”
Shrinking Native Spaces in Festival Arenas

October 2021:
“The Other 51%”
Indigenous Women Directors

Stay tuned here for more information on the upcoming panels, including participating filmmakers.

We look forward to seeing you there!