FNFVF at the Newberry Library – New Film Series

We are pleased to announce:
First Nations Film and Video Festival at the Newberry
Native Film Series

Beginning Saturday, November 10, at the Newberry Library
Featured Films Screening:

Choctaw Code Talkers
Directed by Valerie Red Horse – Cherokee
The heartfelt and personal story of Choctaw soldiers whose dedication and bravery assisted in ending World War I, even though as individuals, the men were not recognized as American citizens.

Total run time: 54:00

The Honor Riders

Directed by Ralphina Hernandez – Navajo (Diné)
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle. The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free.
This is their legacy…

Total run time: 1:45:00

With commentary and a Q&A with FNFVF Director

Then, each month, FNFVF Inc. and the D’Arcy McNickle Center will present a new screening around various themes and topics.

Subsequent dates include December 9, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11.

Thank you to Susan Sleeper Smith, Patrick Rochford, and Alex Teller for their extraordinary assistance in putting this together.

Join us for the first of the series on November 10 beginning at 1:00pm.

For more information visit the Film Series page on the Newberry Library website.


Join us for the next screening in the film series: DECEMBER 9, 2019.

We hope to see you there.



(CHICAGO, IL) First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc, (FNFVF Inc) Chicago’s only film festival that deals directly with NAtive American Film and Video Directors, is pleased to announce its Call for Entries for the Fall First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF), set to take place November 1st through the 10th at venues across Chicagoland and beyond. The submission deadline is July 30, 2017. The FNFVF is open to Native American directors of all skill level with films of any length and genre that are under five years old.

The festival is free to submit to, which is of vital importance to FNFVF Director Ernest M Whiteman III, a Northern Arapaho filmmaker and artist, “Knowing what it takes to put together any kind of film, having the festival be accessible is very important. Not only to the Native filmmakers wanting the share their voice, but to audiences who would otherwise not see these films anywhere else.”

Established in 1990, the First Nations Film and Video Festival has been on the leading edge of promoting Native American first-voice and self-representation in film and media and making them widely available across Chicago screening at venues such as Northwestern University and the Claudia Cassidy Theater. The mission of the First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues.

“These films are vital to cultural understanding,” say Whiteman, “Seeing our culture from our perspective and gaze allows us to own our own cultures, representations, stories, and voice, which have been out of our hands for so long.”

For more information on FNFVF Inc or the festival guideline and application, feel free to “Like” them on Facebook at “FNFVF.Inc“. You can also submit films via Filmfreeway. “If past festival are an indication, there are many, many Native American filmmakers out there doing great works and we are looking forward to seeing all the great films come in for the fall festival.”


Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
FNFVF DIrector
Facebook: @FNFVF.Inc
Twitter: FNFVF_DIR_EW3

Fall 2016 FNFVF Films!


#stillhere (01:20)
Short Video Art piece which challenges traditional representations of Indigenous people as being trapped in the past.

Desmond Hassing Choctaw of Oklahoma


Corrina’s Letter (02:17)
The film is a re-enactment of a letter submitted for the project. Tomahawk calls out for letters on Indigenous Peoples Day on Alcatraz and takes them to be read aloud at the Columbus Statue at Coit Tower, San Francisco.

Tomahawk Greyeyes, Dineh


Alma Avira (08:08)
“A woman awaits the return of her husband as he is away at war.”

Kyle Harris, Choctaw


The Foreverlands (26:55)
“A drifter (Ace Denison) finds more than he bargained for when he meets the eccentric Henry Bonneville upon the road. Past and destiny soon collide when Ace realizes that supernatural occurrences are at play and souls at stake, and the mantic Henry Bonneville may or may not be the devil.”

Kyle Kauwika Harris, Choctaw


Never Give Up (08:43)
Although the state of Oklahoma has one of the largest prison systems in the US, it provides released prisoners with little post-incarceration support. Many struggle to find their way on the ―outside and are eventually re-incarcerated. In the early 2000s, the Muscogee Creek Nation set out to tackle this problem. The Nation’s Reintegration Program works with tribal citizens before and after they leave prison, paying attention to everything from jobs and housing to counseling and spiritual needs.

Sterlin Harjo, Muscogee Creek Nation


JAAT SDIIHLYL’LXA Woman Who Returns (10:00)
In order to become a member of her Haida clan, an Edmonton woman must first sew a traditional blanket with her grandmother.

Heather Hatch, Haida Gwaii


Give and Take (14:39)
“Give and Take” is a story about Chris Green (Rick Kolceski), a linguistic anthropologist who wants to record indigenous songs for his research. When Chris arrives at a nearby reservation to meet with a community elder, an American Indian trickster (Awenheeyoh Powless) lures him into the forest. “Give and Take” was filmed on the Onondaga Nation Territory in central New York State.

Terry Jones, Govind Deecee, Erin Perkins
Terry Jones, Seneca Nation of Indians


Soup For My Brother (10:14)
Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss.   This documentary was filmed entirely on the Seneca Nation Territory which is located 50 miles south of Niagara Falls.

Terry Jones, Seneca Nation of Indians


[untitled & unlabeled] (03:27)
Ever been told you were different when all you were doing was being you? This personal piece explores how it feels to be labeled “other”.

Terry Jones, Seneca Nation of Indians


INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./] (01:11:00)
Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s new film re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

Adam Khalil & Zack Khalil, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians


HONOR RIDERS (01:45:15)
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle. The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free. This is their legacy….

Ralphina Hernandez, Navajo


kiskisiwin | remembering (06:14)
A young Métis historian takes down Canadian pioneer mythology, with a very personal account of the impacts that version of history has had in his life. In Kiskisiwin, a jingle dress dancer, an 1850s blacksmith, and a troop of defiant urban Indians assert Toronto as Treaty Land and a very contemporary Indigenous space.

Martha Stiegman, Cree & Métis


What if….You Had To Choose? (07:14)
A politician and his family get abducted in broad daylight. The politician has a choice to make. No matter what he choses, the outcome is less than desirable.

Chris Basso & Glenn Spillman
Glenn Spillman, Choctaw


Deadpool & Black Panther: The Gauntlet (29:00)
Superheroes Deadpool and Black Panther team up to battle Taskmaster in this Marvel based Fan Film.

Garrett H. Dumas, Blackfoot and Cherokee


Family of Sorrow (10:29)
A Sister and Brother decide to rob a bookmaker and family man to help their family through a financial crisis.

Kiefer Friday, Weenusk first Nation


Our Sisters In Spirit (35:00)
Our Sisters in Spirit explores the question of calling a national public inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women & girls in Canada or whether there may be a better approach.

Nick Printup, Onondaga & Algonquin


Ohero:kon: Under the Husk (26:46)
“Ohero:kon – Under the Husk” is a 26 min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.

Katsitsionni Fox, Mohawk


Project Eagle Feather: When They Took The Children (51:47)
Project Eagle Feather: When They Took The Children features First Nation documentation of unheard stories aimed to encourage the legacy of First Nations storytelling by sharing life experiences previously untold. First-hand testimonials articulate the way in which the residential school system so impacted generations of First Nations peoples. This project starts from the beginning of human life, to the state of the world today, and carries a beautiful visual representation of the hope and beauty that lies in our future.

Tammy Lynne Elder, Ojibwa Native, from the Nippissing First Nations


Kaeyas Msek Oskeken (35:53)
A Young Menominee woman begins to see whatever true passion is at the end of her junior year. The audience is taken on a journey as youth and elders walk to protect and honor the sacred water during the Menominee River Water Walk.

Reynaldo Morales and Cherie Thunder
Cherie Thinder, Menominee of Wisconsin, Renaldo Morales, Quechua of Peru


Total Runtime: 07:44:21