A Showcase of World Indigenous Film and
May 12 - 23, 2005
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, The
Museum of Modern Art, and NYU's Center for Media, Culture, and
History/The Center for Religion and Media are presenting First
Nations\First Features: A Showcase of World Indigenous Film and
Media to be held in May in New York City and Washington, D.C.
More than twenty groundbreaking feature-length dramatic films,
short fictions, documentary and experimental works by an international
group of Native directors will be screened in each city. The directors
will be present to introduce and discuss their works.
For more information and the screening schedule for First Nations\First
Features go to www.firstnationsfirstfeatures.org
(to be launched on April 27, 2005). For inquiries, go to the Contact
Us or e-mail email@example.com. Phone:
212-514-3737 or 202-633-6790.
On Thursday, May 12, the First Nations\First Features
opening day starts with a symposium on "Cultural Creativity
and Cultural Rights: On and Off Screen" at NMAI, 1 - 4 pm.
The showcase features daily screenings, Thursday, May 12 through
Monday, May 23, at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at The Museum
of Modern Art.
On May 12, opening night at MoMA starts at 6 pm with the screening
of Radiance (Director: Rachel Perkins), introduced by Sally
Riley (Arrente), director of the Indigenous Unit of the Australia
Film Commission. At 8:30 pm Smoke Signals will be screened,
introduced by director Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho).
The symposium is free and open to the public.
In both NYC and DC there will be additional screenings at NMAI
of its new signature film A Thousand Roads; check FVC
Programs for screening schedules.
National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, New
York City - for directions, enter
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., New York City
On May 18 through May 22 screenings will be held at eight venuesCanadian
Embassy, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, National
Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery
of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, National Museum of Natural History, and National Museum
of the American Indian.
Admission to the screening is charged at the National Museum
of Women in the Arts. Admission to all other screenings is free.
First Nations\First Features has been made possible with
the generous support of The Ford Foundation, John and Margot Ernst,
Finnish Film Foundation, Canadian Embassy, New Zealand Film Commission,
Australian Film Commission, Norwegian Film Institute, Australian
Consulate, Foreign Affairs Canada, Norwegian Consulate General,
Swedish Consulate General, Pacific Islanders in Communications,
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México, and
Mexican Cultural Institutes of Washington, D.C. and New York.
Major support is provided by OgilvyOne with additional assistance
from Ulrika's and Smörgås Chef.
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(Natar Ungalaaq) and his brother Amaqjuaq (Pakkak Inukshuk) share
a joke. - Photograph courtesy of Norman Cohn