VENUES: Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival

Announcing the venues for the Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is pleased to announce its return to in-person programming with the announcement of the participating venues for the Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival, running November 1 throu the 9th at various venues across Chicagoland!

The FNFVF opens with a fantastic feature film at the Music Box Theatre:

Tue. Nov. 1 – Music Box Theatre: Join us for the CHICAGO PREMIERE of “RUSTIC ORACLE” written and directed by Sonia Bonspille Boileau, as our opening program for the Fall 2022 festival!Set in the late 90s, Rustic Oracle is a dramatic feature about Ivy, an 8-year-old girl trying to understand what happened to her big sister who has vanished from their small Mohawk community. With minimal clues, Ivy and her mother Susan embark on an unwelcome journey to find Heather which ultimately brings the pair closer together despite challenging circumstances. Behind the story of desperation, told through the eyes of a child, lies one of hope, growth, awakening and love.

Get your FREE Tickets here. Seating is very limited!

The rest of the fall schedule is as follows:

Wed. Nov. 2 – Field Museum – Montgomery Ward Theater, 2pm
Harold Washington Library, Video Theater, 6pm

Thu. Nov. 3 – Mitchell Museum, 6pm

Fri. Nov. 4 – Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
at Northeastern Illinois University, 6pm

Sat. Nov. 5 – Evanston Public Library, 1pm
With Evening Online Program 1, 7pm

Sun. Nov. 6 – Edgewater Library, 2pm
With Evening Online Program 2, 7pm

Wed. Nov. 9 – Comfort Station, 7:30pm

We have planned a tentative Online Program for Mon. Nov. 7 at 7pm. With no programming on Tue. Nov. 8 being Election Day. Films playing at each programs will be announce very soon!

We will also be hosting another season of online discussion panels with Native American filmmakers. Join us on Oct. 23rd for “What We Must Never Do is Steal from Ourselves”, an online discussion panel featuring Nadine Arpine, Trevor Caroll, Terry Jones, and Victoria Sutton discussing the idea of Natives appropriating Natives in filmmaking and the “Cultural Cost” Native Directors must pay to be part of the industry.

Also, on October 30, FNFVF and Chi-Nations Youth Council, and the Award-winning First Nations Garden is hosting another Outdoor Halloween Screening at the First Nations Garden featuring a slate of Science Fiction films by Native Directors.

Join us for the Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival.

Links to FREE Tickets coming soon!

FILMS SPOTLIGHT – DAY SIX

FILMS SPOTLIGHT – DAY SIX

The Spring 2022 FNFVF continues with another in-person program at the Bezazian Library in Uptown. The program begins at 2:30pm. Daylight program includes another new feature film:

Something Inside Is Broken
Directed by Jack Kohler (Hoopa Tribal Member)
This Native American Music Award winning pre-gold rush era rock opera, based on actual historical events, focuses on the untold story of how Natives were slaves under Johann Sutter’s Mexican reign. Slave hunters scoured Northern California to supply Sutter with young native girls and boys. Captain Fremont and Kit Carson massacred hundreds of natives prior to the Bear Flag Revolt and the Mexican American war. With relevant modern themes and dehumanizing media practices, this conflict is cleverly woven into our dark American history. The crazed ambition for gold, the objectification of women, the disregard for minority groups, the inhumane treatment of vulnerable populations and the constant destruction of our planet’s resources are all alluded to. The musical aspect makes the story easier to digest through catchy, witty songs and often inappropriate phrases. There’s plenty of room for elbow poking laughs. The story speaks from a human level, and is told with just the right balance of truth and honesty, hilarity, satire, and optimism for an improved world. “Sticking it to the man” is an age-old rock opera mantra, but this show doesn’t hold back any punches delivering a Muhammed Ali punch to the soul. The orchestration is underscored by electric guitar riffs, hip hop beats, and bold genre-mixing innovations. The native Nisenan language is present in over half of the 28 songs and arrangements. This musical is described as a “transformational experience” a “ceremony’ . . . a ‘Native American Hamilton .’

The second program of the day is an online program that begins at 7:00pm with the following film:

Ñuu Kanda
Directed by Nicolás Rojas Sánchez (Mixtec)
We are Nivi Savi, People of the Rain, Mixtecs; a people that disperses like the clouds and returns to our lands to cherish the memory of our ancestors.

Ngen
Directed by Jaime Bernardo Diaz Diaz (Mapuche)
Ngen is a documentary that, through a contemplative and dreamlike journey, shows us the world of Rosa, a Mapuche machi from the town of Fin Fin Boroa, Araucanía Region. Through her story and the observation of her environment, she brings us closer to the deep relationship that exists between her, medicine and non-human beings called Ngen, owners of nature. The short film addresses the life-destruction dichotomy, a constant in the capital-life conflict, showing us another side of the consequences of the impact of the forestry industry in the territory of the wallmapu and that affects the Mapuche communities not only in the ecological dimension but also cultural and ontological.

CANCHIRA, la huella del Comechingón
Directed by Diego Julio Ludueña & Diego Julio (Comechingón)
Canchira, the footprint of the Comechingón is a documentary that tells the current situation of the original peoples of Córdoba and their historical claims, based on testimonies from members of some Comechingona communities of the Province. In Canchira, the footprint of Comechingón, the camera accompanies the protagonists in talks and community spaces in which the history of this town is reconstructed and its existence is continuously claimed from ancient times to the present. The landscape of the city and the mountain landscape become the scene of a story that opposes the official memory of these communities that, organized and struggling, dispute their place in today’s society. In the first person, members of the Comechingona communities of La Toma –from the city of Córdoba–, Timoteo Reyna and Chavascate –both from Villa Cerro Azul–, and Las Palmas –from the Paraje Santa Teresita Sierra de Pocho– put into words the marks that the policy of invisibility of the State left in their family histories and in the possibility of assuming their identity as natives without stigma. The documentary also portrays the current debates based on the struggle for territory and accompanies the protagonists in different instances where the sense of identity and land is disputed.

 

Join us tonight in viewing these films. You can GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE. For those who got their tickets for prior programs, you can still use those to view with us.

Our final program is also an online program that take places Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing 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)
(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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