We are proud to announce that our Digital Dome Manager, Ethan Bach, will participate as a judge for this year’s Native Cinema Showcase at Indian Market Week, August 13 – 19, 2012. The Native Cinema Showcase is a celebration of film by indigenous directors, producers, writers, actors and cultural activists. The tradition of storytelling is reflected in the ever-expanding body of feature and short films made by indigenous peoples, as well as documentaries and experimental media. Through the Native Cinema Showcase, NMAI and SWAIA continue to further its mission and dedication towards advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures in the Western Hemisphere.
Events will take place at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM), except where otherwise noted. Dates and films subject to change.
Monday, August 13
7:00 p.m. Opening Night : Mosquita y Mari
Tuesday, August 14
3:00 p.m. Racing the Rez
5:00 p.m. Skins
7:00 p.m. Hide Away
Wednesday, August 15
11:00 a.m. NAPT a Case Study: Injunuity
1:00 p.m. Navajo Paradiso!
4:00 p.m. Future Voices of New Mexico
7:00 p.m. Canes of Power
Thursday, August 16th
1:00 p.m. The Medicine Game
3:00 p.m. Skateboard Nation
7:30 p.m. Class X
Friday, August 17th
12:00 p.m. Path Waves: Youth Shorts Program
5:30 p.m. Class X (repeat)
8:00 p.m. Shouting Secrets
Saturday, August 18th
1:00 p.m. Class X (repeat)
3:00 p.m. imagineNATIVE Shorts
7:00 p.m. The 1491s/WAREHOUSE 21
Sunday, August 19th
11:00 a.m. My Louisiana Love
1:00 p.m. Run to the East
3:00 p.m. Mesnak
Presented by Sundance Institute
Mosquita y Mari
7:00 p.m. / Monday
(US, 2012, 85 min.)
In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Director and screenwriter: Aurora Guerrero. Producer: Chad Burris (Chickasaw)
This coming of age story focuses on a tender friendship and budding romance between two young Chicanas growing up in immigrant households in Los Angeles. Yolanda (Fenessa Pineda), an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream, while Mari (Venecia Troncoso), the oldest of her siblings, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found connection, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to themselves. World premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Aurora Guerrero was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2006 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” In 2012she was named a Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellow for Mosquita y Mari, her first feature film. Guerrero developed this work through grants and fellowships from the Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation (2005), Tribeca All Access (2006) and Film Independent’s Producing Lab (2009). She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley and her MFA in Film Directing from Cal Arts in Los Angeles.
In person: Aurora Guerrero, Chad Burris and N. Bird Runningwater, Director, of the Native American and Indigenous Program, Sundance Institute
Preceded by: I Lost My Shadow
(US, 2011, 3 min.)
Director: Nanobah Becker (Navajo)
Encounters on the New York subway, featuring Navajo dancer Jock Soto, highlight this music video of a song from Laura Ortman’s second solo album, Someday We’ll Be Together.
In person: Nanobah Becker & Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache)
Racing the Rez
Presented by Native American Public Telecommunications
3:00 p.m. / Tuesday
(US, 2012, 57 min.)
Producer: Brian Truglio
In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for community pride and state championship glory. Over the course of two racing seasons, the boys strive to find their place in their own Native communities, and in the American culture surrounding them. Win or lose, what they learn will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.
For the past fourteen years, producer Brian Truglio has worked predominantly as a video editor on documentaries for television, including PBS, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Truglio is also a long-distance runner and former cross-country athlete, with close ties to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, which began in the early 1990s when he visited as part of a teaching program run by his college. He holds a MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.
In person: Brian Truglio
Two Films by Chris Eyre
5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. / Tuesday
(US, 2001, 84 min.), 5:00 p.m.
Two brothers, veterans of Vietnam who have returned to the Lakota reservation, find themselves on different paths. Rudy (Eric Schweig) gets a college degree and a job as a tribal police officer, while Mogie (Graham Greene) turns to the alcoholism that has devastated his family. Angry about the destructive effects of American history on the people of the reservation, Rudy takes matters into his own hands, going on a vigilante quest to save his community.
(US, 2011, 88 min.), 7:00 p.m.
While running away from his tragic past, a man known as The Young Mariner (Josh Lucas) finds an idyllic harbor in the Great Lakes. There he buys the dilapidated sailboat Hesperus and sets to work to restore it. Over the next year, the boat, and community around the harbor, become his greatest support as he struggles to rebuild his life. World premiere and winner of best cinematography at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.
Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) has been described as “the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time” by People magazine. The first contemporary feature film by a Native director was Eyre’s breakthrough, Smoke Signals, which won him the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Eyre has directed and produced other award-winning features, including Skins and Edge of America. In 2007 he was selected for both the United States Artists Fellowship and the Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship in Film/Media Arts. In addition to his work in independent film, Eyre has directed numerous episodes for television series including Law and Order-SVU, Friday Night Lights and two PBS series, Mystery! and American Experience’s We Shall Remain. He has recently been appointed head of the Film Department at the University of Santa Fe.
In person: Chris Eyre
Calling all Filmmakers
NAPT Case Study: Injunuity
11:00 a.m. / Wednesday
What does it take to produce a successful documentary for PBS? Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) will present a case study that will take participants through the process of funding, delivery and community engagement to increase the capacity of the film to impact change. Learn more about NAPT resources that go far beyond funding. (Interested filmmakers, producers, educators using media, and tribal community members are encouraged to attend.)
1:00 p.m. / Wednesday
Total running time: 73 minutes
The Navajo Nation has produced some of the most exciting and successful Native filmmakers of the past decade. Join us for a program of short films and talk with the artists whomade them.
The 6th World (US, 2012, 15 min.)
Director: Nanobah Becker (Navajo). Navajo astronaut Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars, but a mysterious dream the night before departure haunts the journey.
Run Red Walk: A Navajo Sheepdog (US, 2010, 16 min.)
In Navajo with English subtitles.
Director: Melissa Henry (Navajo). A red sheepdog’s search for his lost sheep takes him across the hills and hollows of the rez. Along the way, he meets some unusual characters.
Hoverboard (US, 2012, 6 min.)
Director: Sydney Freeland (Navajo). After watching Back to the Future Part II, an imaginative young girl and her stuffed teddy bear try to make a working hoverboard.
The Way Things Are (US, 2011, 15 min.)
Director: Daniel Edward Hyde (Navajo). A jaded Marine returns home to the reservation to find a culture war being waged between the old ways and the new.
Floating (US, 2008, 10 min.)
Director: Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo). A redundant conversation reaches epic proportions.
Interview with Einstein (US, 2012, 11 min.)
Directors: Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) . When their dog, Einstein, decides to talk, the family shoots a documentary.
The directors will be present for the Q&A.
Nanobah Becker has been awarded fellowships for script development by Project: Involve, Tribeca All Access and Sundance/Ford Foundation. In 2011 I Lost My Shadow won the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival’s award for best music video.
Melissa Henry’s animal trilogy in the Navajo language has garnered her many awards, including New Visions/New Mexico and All Roads Seed grants and a Sundance/Ford Foundation fellowship.
Sydney Freeland has directed short films with the InterTribal Entertainment program, and is currently developing her first feature, Drunktown’s Finest, as a participant in Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs.
Daniel Edward Hyde makes his directing debut with The Way Things Are, developed at the Sundance NativeLab Film Program.
Blackhorse Lowe is known for his edgy films set on the Navajo reservation, including short works and his first feature, 5th World. He was awarded a New Visions/New Mexico grant to produce Shimasani, which won Best of Show in the 2010 Indian Market.
Velma Kee Craig’s short works cast a light on the interactions between Navajo and the outside world. She and her husband, Dustinn, are co-directors of BetterOnes Productions.
Future Voices of New Mexico
4:00 p.m. / Wednesday
Program running time: approx. 90 min.
This year’s 2nd annual Future Voices Native Youth Film Festival showcases and awards prizes for outstanding film and video by young emerging filmmakers. The festival is produced by Future Voices of New Mexico, an organization working with indigenous and under-represented communities to encourage high school students to tell stories through film and photography. Future Voices is a collaborative project of the National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Indigenous Language Institute. For more information, visit www.futurevoicesofnewmexico.org.
Canes of Power
7:00 p.m. / Wednesday
Introduced by Conroy Chino (Acoma)
(US, 2012, 52 min.)
Producers: Pam Pierce and Nick Durrie. Associate producer: Dr. Matthew Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh). Produced by Silver Bullet Productions. Narrator: Wes Studi (Cherokee)
In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed canes to each of New Mexico’s nineteen Pueblos. Today these canes remain potent symbols of continuing sovereignty. Why did this war-weary president, a leader of an Indian policy that destroyed many tribal communities, choose this action? Canes of Power offers a glimpse into the connection between Lincoln and the Pueblos, and the authority the Lincoln Canes continue to hold. This documentary is part of an educational initiative by the producing organization to encourage Native youth to research their community history as well as to develop writing and filmmaking skills.
Discussion to follow with Pam Pierce and Nick Durrie; historian and director of research, Dr. Matthew Martinez; and screenwriter, , Maura Dhu Studi
Pamela Pierce is founding partner, CEO, president and co-chair of Silver Bullet Productions. With training in law, education, and child advocacy, Pierce specializes in children’s issues and in mediation. Pierce has served on the Governor’s Council for Media in New Mexico.
Nick Durrie is executive vice-president and co-chair of Silver Bullet Productions. During his 40 years of film and video production experience, he has served as president, CEO, and CFO of television production companies such as National Geographic Television, ABC Network and Walt Disney Co., Time-Life Films, and also several independents. Durrie currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Santa Fe Film Festival.
Sneak Preview: The Medicine Game
Presented by Native American Public Telecommunications
1:00 p.m. / Thursday
(US, 2012, 64 min.)
Director/Co-Producer: Lukas Korver
For Jeremy and Jerome Thompson, brothers from the Onondaga Nation in New York, the sport of lacrosse is more than just a game–it’s part of their Iroquois heritage. They are pinning their hopes on their skill in the sport to take them to Syracuse University, a school with fourteen national team championship wins in lacrosse. With their college dreams nearly within reach, the boys are caught up in a constant struggle to define their Native identity, live up to their family’s expectations and balance challenges on and off the reservation.
Lukas Korver has worked internationally for ten years as a professional cinematographer. He filmed the acclaimed Vans series Pass the Bucket, about the humanitarian work of celebrated athletes and musicians. His directorial debut was Unfiltered: The Story Behind the Rivalry, the feature-length documentary about Olympic championship swimmers Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker.
In person: Lukas Korver & Jeremy Thompson (Onondaga)
3:00 p.m. / Thursday
(US, 2011, 51 min.)
Director: Martha Conboy. Produced by Smithsonian Networks.
Explore the underground movement that is helping Native American youth throughout the U.S. soar above life’s challenges, one half-pipe at a time. Skateboarding is increasingly popular on reservations as well as urban areas, cultivating athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and mentors. From the streets of Albuquerque to New York City, from Washington, D.C. to Pine Ridge, the sport is fueling a new form of self-expression and pride.
Martha Conboy is an independent editor and producer whose films have won several Emmys, a DuPont Columbia Journalism Award, and an Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject. As an executive producer, she has supervised programming for The Learning Channel and for the National Geographic Channel.
In person: Albuquerque’s West End Boyz
Indian Market’s Classification X Winners
7:30 p.m. / Thursday
5:30 p.m. / Friday
1:00 p.m. / Saturday
This special program features the SWAIA Indian Market moving image “Classification X” winners. This category is the tenth, and one of the more recent classifications to be added for judging. Awards for Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, Experimental Short, and now for the first time Feature Film, recognize an artist’s dedication and skill in working with new media and innovative art forms while retaining a commitment to traditional creation and technique. Three screenings will be presented, each followed by Q&A with the Classification X winners, moderated by Jhane Myers Noise Cat (Comanche/Blackfeet), SWAIA Film Coordinator.
Path Waves: Youth Shorts Program
12:00 p.m. / Friday
Total running time: 55 minutes
Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves (Canada, 2011, 14 min.)
Director: Neil Christopher. Producer: Louise Flaherty (Inuit). In this haunting Inuit tale, two brothers find face danger in a strange land.
Because of Who I Am (US, 2011, 4 min.)
Director: Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe). An artist challenges notions of what a Native woman is supposed to be.
Grumpy Old Man (US, 2010, 1 min.)
Director: Tristan Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo). A little boy’s take on his world is expressed in a first film.
Hoverboard (US, 2012, 6 min.)
Director: Sydney Freeland (Navajo). An imaginative young girl and her stuffed teddy bear try to make a working hoverboard.
How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes (US, 2011, 3 min.)
Director: Students of the Tulalip Heritage School. A traditional tale in light box animation.
Neil Discovers the Moon (US, 2011, 1 min.)
Director: Steven Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw). Neil discovers more than just the moon.
Chased: Version #2 (US, 2011, 4 min.)
Directors: SuperFly 2011 Animation Group. A sinister figure pursues a young girl, but what does he really want?
Super Brotha: Urban Surfing (Australia, 2011, 3 min.)
Director: Rima Tamou (Bulgunnwarra, Nga Ruahine Rangi). Ungainly Super Brotha is one-upped by his mom’s skateboard stylings.
White Washed (US, 2011, 3 min.)
Director: Caytlyn Isham (Ojibwe). A provocative video poem about living in two worlds.
Interview With Einstein (US, 2012, 11 min.)
Directors: Velma Kee Craig (Navajo). When their dog, Einstein, decides to talk, the family shoots a documentary.
Injunuity: Buried and Injunity: Tongues (US, 2012, 3 min. each)
Producer/Director: Adrian Baker (Hopi/Filipino/German/Welsh/Choctaw). Two selections from a documentary that mixes animation, music and real audio to Native perspectives.
In person: Adrian Baker, Velma Kee Craig, Dustinn Craig, Steven Judd & Tracy Rector
8:00 p.m. / Friday
(US, 2011, 88 min.)
Director: Korinna Sehringer
Writers: Mickey Blaine, Tvli Jacob (Choctaw) & Steven Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw)
June is a loving wife and a support to her three grown children. But when she falls ill, the confused and quarreling siblings and the misunderstood father are left to cope with her illness, and with each other, in the tight confines of the hospital and at the family home on the reservation. World premiere at 2011 American Indian Film Festival.
Korinna Sehringer has worked as a producer, director and writerin both film and television. Her five short films, screened widely at film festivals, have won thirteen awards, including best film, best directing, and audience choice. Shouting Secrets is her first feature film. Sehringer studied at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she currently lives.
In person: Korinnna Sehringer, lead actorChaske Spencer (Lakota) & screenwriter Steven Judd
Preceded by: The Storm
(US, 2011, 5 min.)
Director: Steven Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw)
In this music video, Seminole musicians Zack “Doc” Battiest and Spencer Battiest perform their 2011 single “The Storm”. The song and the video were created as a tribute to the Seminole tribe of Florida, and an homage to the singers’ parents, grandparents and tribal leaders.
During the 2011 Indian Market, Steven Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw) was featured as a screenwriter in the Native Cinema Showcase, and his short fiction Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco won Best Narrative Short in Classification X. Judd was guest artist at the 2012 NMAI/Tribeca Film Institute’s Youth Screening Series in New York. He is currently working on a new feature, A Six Pack and Gas Money (working title).
3:00 p.m. / Saturday
Total running time: 70 minutes
Presented by Jason Ryle (Saulteaux), executive director, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Since 2007 the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has commissioned new work from Canadian Aboriginal artists. This program features ten of these commissions, some by Canada’s leading media makers and others by emerging filmmakers. This program includes the project’s first sound art commission, and a collaboration of indigenous youth from different continents. The festival features works by world indigenous artists and takes place next on October 17-21, 2012, in Toronto.
Moss Origins (Canada, 2011, 8 min.)
Director: Jennifer Dysart (Cree/German/Canadian). A woman encounters messages in the moss–messages that bridge the gap between the city and the forest.
eu·tha·na·sia (Canada, 2008, 6 min.)
Director: Jani Lauzon (Métis). An Aboriginal girl leaves her home to attend residential school.
Savage (Canada, 2009, 6 min.)
Director: Lisa Jackson (Ojibwe). An inventive take on the trauma of boarding school for Native people.
Seven Seconds (Canada, 2010, 13 min.)
Director: Michael Greyeyes (Cree). A dancer faces the loss of her hearing.
Digital Smoke Signals (Canada, 2011, 3 min.)
Participants: Judith Schuyler, Cecily Jacko, Lucy Brown, Eugene Hendiks. A stop-motion animation celebrates indigenous cultural icon Buffy Sainte-Marie. Created during the 2011 Aboriginal People’s Collaborative Exchange between Khoi-San youth from South Africa and First Nations youth from Toronto.
TOMORROW (Canada, 2007, 5 min.)
Director: Michelle Latimer (Métis). Life-altering news forces a young woman to make a difficult decision.
Honey for Sale (Canada, 2009, 7 min.)
Director: Amanda Strong (Métis). The tenuous life of the honeybee sheds light on human fragility.
Pride (Canada, 2011, 3 min.)
Director: Keelan Keeshig (Ojibwe). A young man recounts the pressure he faced to cut his long hair.
freek¡Üwhency(Canada, 2011, 8 min.)
Director: Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora). Sound compositions, interviews and sound poetry evoke the “spirit of radio.”
?E?anx/The Cave (Canada, 2009, 11 min.)
Director: Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in). A hunter discovers a portal to the spirit world.
In person: Jason Ryle & filmmaker Janet Rogers
The 1491s: NDN Country in Cyberspace
7:00 p.m. / Saturday WAREHOUSE 21,1614 Paseo De Peralta
“The 1491s is a sketch comedy group, based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting for the royalties. They were at the Custer’s Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum. The 1491s teach young women how to be strong. And… teach young men how to seduce these strong women.”
The 1491s presents a curated show of not just their own snarky videos, but videos hand-picked from all that NDN Country has to offer in the previously uncharted territories know as the Web.
Dallas Goldtooth (Dakota/Dine) is a Dakota language specialist who has performed and made short comedy films with his partner, Migizi Pensoneau. He is part of the Indigenous Environmental Network, a grassroots organization educating Indigenous peoples on environmental and human rights issues.
Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) has been described as “one of the most truthful and honest voices working in American cinema today.” His feature films, Four Sheets to the Wind and Barking Water, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at previous Native Cinema Showcases. He has received several prestigious awards, including the United States Artists Fellowship and the Creative Promise Award from Tribeca All Access.
Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca/Ojibwe) is a contract writer for film studios. In 2004 he attended the Disney-ABC Summer Film and Television Writing Workshop at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was selected as a Writing Fellow in 2005.
Ryan Red Corn (Osage) is the owner of the graphic design firm Red Hand Media and the co-chairman of NVision, a Native-run non-profit youth media organization. In 2008, he participated in ReelNative, WGBH’s traveling training workshop for new directors, and has since directed several short films.
Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota/Standing Rock Lakota) is a visual and spoken-word artist whose work has been featured in galleries, music venues, city streets and indigenous community events across the country. He has most recently shown at All My Relations Gallery, Ancient Traders Gallery, and Intermedia Arts.
My Louisiana Love
Presented by Native American Public Telecommunications
11:00 a.m. / Sunday
(US, 2012, 64 min.)
Director: Sharon Linezo Hong
Producers/Writers: Sharon Linezo Hong and Monique Verdin (Houma)
Monique Verdin returns to southeast Louisiana to reunite with her family and quickly realizes that the Houma people’s traditional way of life–fishing, trapping and hunting in these fragile wetlands–is being threatened by a cycle of man-made environmental crises. Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil leak are just the latest rounds in this century-old cycle that is forcing Monique’s clan to adapt in new ways. Monique must overcome the loss of her house, her father and her partner–and redefine the meaning of home.
Sharon Linezo Hong has completed several short personal and industrial films. Her passion for films grew in part from her experience working as a cooperative member of San Francisco’s Red Vic Movie House. Hong was raised in a small town along Florida’s Gulf Coast and studied film at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. My Louisiana Love is her first full-length documentary.
Monique Verdin (Houma) is a native of southeast Louisiana. Her photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous (Yale University Press, 2008) and Nonesuch Records’ Habitat for Humanity benefit album, Our New Orleans (2005). My Louisiana Love is her first documentary video project.
In person: Sharon Linezo Hong & Monique Verdin
Preceded by: Handmade Portraits: The Bone Carver and Handmade Portraits: Mabel Pike
(US, 2012, 4 min. each)
Director: Tara Young
In short films made for the online craft market Etsy, the filmmaker profiles the Iñupiat carver Sylvester Ayek and the Tlingit beadworker Mabel Pike.
Run to the East
Presented in cooperation with the 2012 Wings of America 5K Run
1:00 p.m. / Sunday
(US, 2011, 87 min.)
Director: Henry Lu
Run to the East follows three Native American highschoolers through their senior year. Chantel “Tails” Hunt (Navajo), Thomas Martinez (Navajo) and Dillon Shije (Zia Pueblo) have overcome every obstacle in their personal lives and in their communities to become elite cross country runners, and all three are determined to succeed. Through the year’s track meets they compete against runners from more privileged schools as they vie for college scholarships and a chance to explore opportunities off the rez.
Henry Lu is a filmmaker with Moxie Pictures in New York. He has directed short films set in Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tokyo that have played at film festivals including Sundance, Mill Valley, Sydney, and the Worldwide Short film festival in Toronto. Run to the East is Lu’s first feature-length film.
In person: Dustin Martin (Navajo), director of Wings of America
3:00 p.m. / Sunday
(Canada, 2011, 96 min.)
In French and Innu with English subtitles
Director: Yves Sioui Durand (Huron-Wendot). Producer: Ian Boyd
When he unexpectedly receives a photo of his birth mother, young actor Dave Brodeur (Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles) leaves Montreal and his repertory work on Shakespeare’s Hamlet for the desolate reserve community of Kinogamish, in search of his Native history and culture. He finds his mother is on the verge of marrying the town’s chief (and fellow recovering alcoholic), who is basking in the proceeds from a logging deal. With the help of a local sage and friend of Dave’s long-dead father, Dave uncovers secrets that destabilize the town’s balance of power and explain his own past. World premiere at 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. For mature audiences.
Yves Sioui Durand (Huron-Wendot) is a writer, actor and theater director who hasdeveloped a unique body of indigenous work. In 1985 he co-founded Odinnok, the first Aboriginal French-language theater in Quebec. He has also produced twelve teleplays for Radio-Canada. Mesnak, his first feature film, is based on his 2004 theatrical play, Hamlet, Le Malécite.
In person: Yves Sioui Durand & Ian Boyd
Preceded by: Reviens Moi
(US, 2012, 11 min.)
Director: Tracy Rector (Seminole)
Memories from the past ignite a young man’s yearning for his childhood sweetheart.
Tracy Rector(Seminole) is the executive director and co-founder of Longhouse Media and its youth media project, Native Lens. She also runs Longhouse’s annual youth filmmaking workshop, SuperFly. She is a Native education specialist and in 2008, received Antioch University’s Horace Mann Award for her work in empowering Native youth.
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