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)

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Thank you for your support.

BLOCK CINEMA PRESENTS: The Other 51% – March 31, 2016

FNFVF-Spring-Poster-2015-TREE-1In conjunction with the Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future symposium and One Book One Northwestern, Block Cinema is proud to host an evening with Ernest M. Whiteman III, the Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. The screening takes place at the Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Dr. Evanston, Illinois on Thursday March 31, 2016. Films begin at 7:00pm.

The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. advocates for the works of Native American films and videos that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society. An invited speaker at the Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future symposium on Friday, April 1, Whiteman has curated this program of short films as a celebration of the important and underrepresented work of Native American female directors.

The screening will be preceded by a reception at 6pm.

The program includes:

Crash Site dir. Sonya Ballantyne (Cree) – 13:00 min, A runway First Nations girl tries to find her way home.

Legacy: Exiled NDNz dir. Pamela Peters (Navajo) – 14:00 min, Director Peters explores the legacy of urban Indians today in reflection on the seminal film “The Exiles”

Opal dir. Ramona Emerson (Navajo) – 11:00 min, A young girls struggles against a gang of boys.

Conversion dir. Nanobah Becker (Navajo) – 9:00 min, (In Navajo with English subtitles)

Nawa Giizhiigong dir. Missy Whiteman (N. Arapaho/Kickapoo) – 7:00 min, an exploration of reality through the eyes of two Native men.

Sunny Winter Day dir. Valerie Hughes (Mohawk) – 10:02 min, looking for roots on a sunny winter day.

Shi-shi-etko dir. Kate Kroll & Marilyn Thomas (Saulteaux) – 12:00 min, an adaptation of I. Nicola Campbell’s children’s book. A young girl counts down the days before she must leave for residential school.

Verbs in Lakota dir. Alayna Eagle Shield (Lakota) – 3:00 min, a documentary on language.

TOTAL RUN TIME: approx. 79 min.

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