The Spring 2022 FNFVF continues with the first in-person event at the Comfort Station. The program begins at 8:00pm. Tonight’s films include:

Where Smoke Rises, Kalilinoe Detwiler (US-born Native Hawaiian)
Pua ka uahi is a wonder-filled Indigenous animation following Pele, a hot tempered fire goddess, who has been challenged by the shapeshifting trickster Kamapuaʻa in a race from Puna to Hilo. Pele traverses through the land and helps a few friends along the way. Will she win, or will she enjoy the journey even if it means losing the race? English closed captioning.


The Daily Life of Mistress Red, Directed by Peshawn Rae Bread (Comanche)
The Daily Life of Mistress Red is a mockumentary that explores the world of kink, native women and defeating white supremacy.Taylor is a blogger for a Indigenous women’s website and wants to interview her favorite idol Marie Callingbird; a Native fashion boutique owner by day and to her surprise, Mistress Red by night. Mistress Red is a dominatrix for hire who takes the effects of racism, sexism and colonization into her own hands by educating white supremacists through pleasure. This project focuses on issues within the circle of indigenous women, racism and the acceptance of sexuality. This story follows a journey or what sexuality is to indigenous women and what it can do to empower them.


In thy woods, directed by Ricardo Patino (Taino)
In a post-apocalyptic world, after diseases spread out of control exponentially, most of the human race is lost to new viruses. After many experiments, things go wrong until what are left in the labs lose control. The dead corpses walk again. Without souls they become vessels for evil spirits to walk the earth once more. The survivors live hiding place to place fighting to stay alive until cure is found. The People now live in fear, not only of the undead, but of what now inhabits those dead bodies. This is the story of Sebastions, one of many kinds left without parents, in this post-apocalyptic world where viruses, the undead, and evil incarnated spirit rule the world.


In Our Own Hands, directed by Jennifer Varenchik (Tohono O’odham)
A group of women plan rescue efforts when one of their own goes missing from their reservation.


Powerlands, directed by Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso (Diné)
A young Navajo woman investigates displacement of Indigenous people in several countries, and devastation of the environment, caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents.

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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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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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