The Best of the Fest
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, the Center for Contemporary Arts and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian present The Spring-Summer Showcase
The Native Cinema Showcase, one of the world’s leading festivals of indigenous-produced film and video, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on August 19 - 22. In anticipation, this series of outstanding programs features three of the most popular films from recent festivals, along with a new program exploring early pop-cultural representations of indigenous peoples.
All events will be held at:
Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM
Tickets are $9.50/$8.50/$8/$7
Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm
From the Archives: Pop Goes the Indian
What did the world learn about American “Indians” through our mass media? How did those pop cultural images impact our history? And how do these representations resonate even today? This illustrated lecture, filled with fascinating images and films from pulp fiction through John Ford, features Stephen Wall, chair, Indigneous Liberal Studies department, IAIA, in conversation with Jason Silverman, co-founder and co-director, Native Cinema Showcase, and an adjunct faculty at IAIA.
Tuesday, May 25 at 7:30 pm
Independent Vision: Barking Water
This wise, funny and nuanced second feature by Sterlin Harjo, one of America’s most exciting new cinematic talents, tells the story of a man whose time is running out. With his now-estranged true love Irene (Casey Camp-Horinek), Frankie (Richard Ray Whitman) hits the country roads of Oklahoma, dealing with death, love and forgiveness in quiet and surprising ways. The two make amends with those they have wronged and befriend a colorful cast of characters whose caring and compassion help sustain them.
(U.S., 2009, 80m, HDcam)
Followed by discussion, by phone, with director Sterlin Harjo
Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 pm
The View from Above: Before Tomorrow
Best Feature Film: Toronto International Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival
The creators of The Fast Runner have crafted another brilliant tale from the Arctic Circle, set in summer, circa 1840. Two isolated families meet after many years. Elders tell stories, young people get married and food is abundant. Despite the joyful mood, Ningiuq, an old woman of strength and wisdom, cannot stop worrying—feeling dread about something she does not understand. Is it the illness of her best friend, Kutuguk? Her own sense of mortality? Or the strange object that Maniq, her favorite grandson, found on the beach? When Maniq and Ningiuq discover an unspeakable tragedy, troubling answers begin to emerge. Directors Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu (Inuit) offer a stunning meditation on life, death and cultural transition.
(Canada, 2009, 93m, 35mm, in Inuktitut with English subtitles)
Followed by discussion, by phone, with director Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 pm
Latin American Perspectives: Pirinop
This provocative, imaginative, sophisticated and richly entertaining work features elders from the Ikpeng tribe as they reenact their first encounter with white people, in 1964, and tell of the war, relocation, and attempts to reclaim their lands that followed. Kumaré Txicão (Ikpeng) and Mari Corrêa offer a vivid, first-person tale of the impact of colonization on indigenous cultures.
(Brazil, 2007, 83m, video)
Preceded by a lecture, by phone, with Patricia Aufderheide, director, Center for Social Media, American University
10th annual Native Cinema Showcase
Thursday, August 19 - 22, 2010
At two venues: the Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Cinema at Cathedral Park in downtown Santa Fe. Details to come!
Image credit: Audience
at Plan B Cinematheque during discussion after A House Made
of Dawn - photograph by Amalia Cordova; Barking Water - photograph by Chuck Foxen; Before Tomorrow; Pirinop,
My First Contact - courtesy of Vídeo nas Aldeias