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12 years ago

Members of the Native American Theater Ensemble in New York City, October, l973. Clockwise, from bottom center: Luis Romero (Taos, in headband); Marie Antoinette Rogers (Mescalero); Charlie Hill (Oneida); Jane Lind (Aleut); Carpio Bernal (Taos); Denise Hernandez (Potowatomi); Phil George (Nez Perce); Irene Toledo (Navajo); Sobiyax, Gerald Bruce Miller (Skokomish-Yakima); Maggie Geiogamah (Kiowa). Photo by Chris SpottedEagle.

California Theatre photo (6) California Theatre photo (7)

Sneak Preview!
12 years ago



APRIL 30, 2007


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Production Pipe Line
12 years ago

In Production

Producer: Julianna Brannum (Comanche)
The EPA calls the mining town of Picher, Oklahoma the most toxic place in America, but the Quapaw tribe still calls it home. Today the town is divided by fears of serious health risks, environmental politics, civic pride, and old racial tensions between the Quapaw people and the non-Indian community who share the town. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to an environmental disaster and the complex connection between people and place.

Producers: Terry Jones (Seneca), Paul Wilson, Laure Sullivan

Coming to POV 2008

The film Casino Nation is a snapshot of a Native American tribe at a crossroads. After having endured a long and bloody struggle over tribal gaming, the Seneca Nation of Indians is now in the casino business. In production now, this film highlights the impact of sudden prosperity on this small sovereign nation that has historically struggled with crushing poverty. Will the distinctive culture and identity of these native people be able to withstand the onslaught of American culture’s promise of big and easy money? And will the tribe be able to heal the deep rifts created by conflict over casinos? The film explores these and other issues facing the Senecas during this critical time of sweeping change.

FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL: The Elizabeth Peratrovich Story
Producer: Jeffry Silverman, Blueberry Productions
This program tells the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Elizabeth Peratrovich—a young, unassuming Tlingit Indian mother of three testified before the Alaska State Senate in 1945 and swayed the floor vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Bill, the first civil rights bill passed in the United States since the Civil War.

Producers: Sam Hurst, Larry Pourier (Oglala Lakota)
Beau LeBeau (Oglala Lakota) is obese. Several members of his family are obese, and his mother died last year from diabetes. This is a real-time movie that documents his journey to get healthy by converting to a traditional Lakota diet centered on buffalo and native foods. LeBeau will be under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Weiland as he explores the history and culture of the modern reservation.

Producer: Janet Kern
Horse Tribe features the renaissance of the horse culture for which the Nez Perce have been legendary. In conjunction with creating a new breed of horse which bears their name, they have established employment, academic and equestrian programs for their children. Combining cinema verite, dreamlike horse imagery and video shot by Nez Perce children, Horse Tribe is an innovative film about an important story - the role of heritage in community, commerce, and character.

Producer: Roberta Grossman

This four-part high definition series will be a passionate, vivid rendering of Native American history in the century after Wounded Knee. This is a tale of tragedy and triumph – a richly detailed chronicle of how, against all odds, American Indians have sustained ancient traditions and preserved sovereign nations while adapting to the 20th, and now the 21st century.

Producers: Cynthia Pardy (Mohegan/Pequot), Kimberly Lyman (Choctaw), WHRO-TV
Journey Home is a one-hour documentary that will provide a new perspective about the boarding school experience by revealing reforms in government policies made by those who attended American Indian educational institutions. Thomas Sloan (Omaha) and Henry Roe Cloud (Winnebago) fought for civil rights, proper education and sovereignty.

Producers: John Valadez, Dustinn Craig (Apache), Christina Ibarra

Coming to POV 2008

The Last Conquistador uses the construction and dedication of a monument(the largest of its kind ever created in human history) to the conquistador Juan de Onate as a springboard to examine his legacy in New Mexico. While supporters of the statue idolize Onate as “the father of the Hispanic Southwest”, others see him as a man who brought enslavement and atrocity. The film will raise difficult questions about the meaning of mestizo identity, about on-going inequalities in the southwest, the meaning of public art, the enshrinement of white supremacy, and a vision of the past that recognizes the dignity and humanity of the Indian people.

Producers: Reaghan Tarbell (Mohawk), Paul Rickard (Omuskego Cree)
Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell lives in Brooklyn not far from the legendary Mohawk ironworking community that lived in Brooklyn in the mid 1900's.  In parallel stories, she follows the steps of her late grandmother and interviews Mohawk women who helped build Little Caughnawaga.

Producer: Tracy Rector (Seminole), Director: Anne Silverstein
The Swinomish Tribe is a clamming, crabbing and fishing commun

Production Pipe Line
12 years ago
Producer: Tracy Rector (Seminole), Director: Anne Silverstein
The Swinomish Tribe is a clamming, crabbing and fishing community that has relied on the natural resources of Skagit Valley for centuries.  In the late 1950's, two oil refineries were built on March Point, eventually effecting the health of the water, land and the very fabric of cultural tradition itself.

Producer: Cathleen O’Connell
When you say "Native American Music" you may not think of tubas and Sousa marches - but band music has been a part of Indian life for over 100 years. The Native American Marching Band Project profiles contemporary Native bands and explores the surprising history behind this unlikely melding of cultures.

Producer: Lena Carr (Navajo)
The story of a young bi-racial (Navajo/Anglo) boy’s self-discovery as he explores the two different cultural perspectives of astronomy and cosmology. His journey into the celestial world parallels his journey into his mixed cultural heritage as he strives to find his identity.

Executive Producer: Kay Klubertanz, Wisconsin Public Television, Producer/Director: Michelle Danforth (Oneida)

The Oneida Speak blends traditional Oneida storytelling with modern media, providing a window to a world that no longer exists. This documentary depicts an engaging personal account written by elders of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin during the early 1930s. The Oneida Speak is a dramatic portrayal of the land grab policies carried out by government agents. It raises awareness and educates viewers about these policies through the nature of its person narrative and personalized storytelling.

Producers: Dan Bigbee (Commanche) and Lily Shangreaux (Oglala Lakota), Big Productions
In the 1920's the Osage were the wealthiest people in the world and there were plenty of people who wanted "their share". The Osage Murders is the story of an Osage family whose oil fortune was coveted by a local rancher and the plan he conceived to obtain it.

Producer: Jack Kohler (Yurok/Karuk/Hupa)
Jack Kohler journeys through California’s Klamath River Basin, which is in crisis over wild salmon and scarce water. River flow management that benefits utility companies, farmers and ranchers along the Klamath River has brought this vital eco-system to near collapse, endangering several species of wild salmon. Kohler travels through the country of his ancestors where he witnesses the contentious quest for balance between economics, environment, and sustaining the spiritual center of the Basin’s Native inhabitants.

Producer: Aaron Carr (Navajo)
Riding the Wind follows Navajo children who ride the rodeo circuit and promote their people’s equestrian way of life. We meet their families and veteran Navajo cowboy riders. We also see the Navajo’s traditions and history – their Phoenix-like arising from terrible catastrophes – a history embedded in the hearts of the 3-18 year-olds who compete as Bronco and Mutton-bustin’ kids.

Producer: Michelle Danforth (Oneida of Wisconsin), Patty Loew (Bad River Ojibwe)

The history of lacrosse in North America is a rich and multi-layered one. Much more than a Native American ball and stick game, lacrosse is a cultural window into Native American communities and their historical relationship with each other and the dominant culture. Our goal is to develop a documentary that looks at the culture, history and resurfacing of lacrosse as it relates to Natives and Non-Natives.

Producer: Courtney Hermann

Coming to POV 2007

Standing Silent Nation tells the story of Alex White Plume's struggle against the United States government. The prosperity of Alex's 86-member tiospaye (clan) hangs in the balance as he prepares to defend himself in front of a federal judge for cultivating industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Producer: California Newsreel

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? is a 3-hour limited series that uncovers the roots of the huge and appalling racial and socio-economic disparities in health and spotlights community initiatives to achieve health equality. This project is a joint project of the National Minority Consortia.

Producer: Dan Golding (Quechan)
Waila, the contemporary dance music of southern Arizona’s tribal communities, is often called “chicken scratch.” Played at tribal functions, this fun, lively music offers relief from the hardships of reservation life. This program, which tells the story through the Joaquin family’s three generations of Waila musicians, explores the relationship the music has on contemporary native family, community, and culture.

Producer: Patty Loew (Bad River Ojibwe) & Wisconsin Public Television
One-hour documentary about the warrior ethic in Native American communities. Its purpose is to explore how Native communities have traditionally viewed their warriors and why, during the 20th century, Native men and women have volunteered for military service at a rate three times higher than non-Indians
Production Pipe Line
12 years ago
Producer: WGBH Coming to American Experience 2009

This five-part series produced for American Experience will explore several key themes, including Native survival strategies, mutual perceptions of Indians and Whites, the diversity of Native opinions and perceptions, and the placement of Native American history in the larger historical context.

Producer: Leighton C. Peterson, Trickster Films. Director: Bennie Klain (Navajo).
This historical documentary tells the story of Navajo rug weavers and their role within the global market economy. Viewers will be transported through time as they follow the journey of a Navajo rug in the 1900s, from its creation to its selling and trading. Through interviews and oral histories the relationship between weaving and family relations will also be explored. Combining the desert landscape of the Navajo reservation and the delicate work of the Navajo women as they weave colorful rugs, Weaving Worlds illuminates the rich visual experience of this Native craft.
'Wounded Knee'
12 years ago

April 11, 2007 | Monte Carlo on 'Wounded Knee'--HBO film at 'Heart' of TV festival


HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," which stars Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach and Fred Thompson, will kick off the 47th Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The Wolf Films/Traveler's Rest telepic is based on Dee Brown's nonfiction book of the same name.

The Monte Carlo event, under the honorary presidency of Prince Albert II, will unspool June 10-14.

Dick Wolf, exec producer of the telepic, is skedded to attend the fest, along with exec producer Tom Thayer, director Yves Simoneau ("Napoleon") and stars Beach (who also stars on Wolf's NBC series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") and August Schellenberg ("The New World").

The TV movie explores the economic, political and social pressures that underpinned the opening of the American West and the impact this expansion had on American Indian culture. HBO telepic 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,' starring Adam Beach, will open the Monte Carlo TV fest.
Comedians and Busy joke Days;)
12 years ago

Comedians and Busy joke Days

And now Carole the sweet lady is following me???????? She keeps getting funnier by the moment!
NativeVue Film & Media

10/16/2006 7:58 PM

Yo Annnnnnnnnn!

I'm a bit slow sometimes...I just figured out tonight that it was YOU on my friends list...

And you really oughta write a humor anthology. Seriously!

Okay, that calls for research before you sit down at the keyboard!
an·thol·o·gy  (n-thl-j)n. pl.  an·thol·o·gies
 1.  A collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays.
2.  A miscellany, assortment, or catalog, as of complaints, comments, or ideas:

Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:34 pm    Post subject:


Ann, you should write a book! I just had lunch yesterday with Drew Hayden Taylor (have you read any of his books?) and you and he are channeling the same spirits, girl!


Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject:  

Well, we are sharing after all,  so snag away.

Thanks, Carole!

Have you considered putting all these together in one book, Ann? If you haven't, you should! I'm gonna pilfer a couple for the blog.... laughing5
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Are You an Indian? Humor from Ann Little Running DeerNovember 8th, 2006

Ann Little Running Deer is the MASTER when it comes to finding humorous tid-bits to share for our enjoyment. Take a look at her latest contribution. Do you answer yes to any of the following questions? Then you just might be…
…an Indian If:
Someone asks you your stance on immigration, and you just laugh.
You use […]

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Posted in Indie-pendent Vue, What's So Funny...Native Humor

Thank you Carole for your kind words. Ann LRD

See why? He wrote a book well, lots of them

Drew Hayden Taylor.

Me Funny 


Editorial Reviews
Book Description

Humor has always been an essential part of North American aboriginal culture. This fact remained unnoticed by most settlers, however, since non-aboriginals just didn’t get the joke. For most of written history, a stern, unyielding profile of “the Indian” dominated the popular mainstream imagination. Indians, it was believed, never laughed. But Indians themselves always knew better. As an award-winning playwright, columnist, and comedy-sketch creator, Drew Hayden Taylor has spent 15 years writing and researching aboriginal humor. For Me Funny, he asked a noted cast of writers from a variety of fields — including such celebrated wordsmiths as Thomas King, Allan J. Ryan, Mirjam Hirch, and Tomson Highway — to take a look at what makes aboriginal humor tick. Their hilarious, enlightening contributions playfully examine the use of humor in areas as diverse as stand-up comedy, fiction, visual art, drama, performance, poetry, traditional storytelling, and education.

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Mile Post 398 DVD Release
12 years ago

Location: Kayenta, Arizona

 Mile Post 398 DVD Release The Mile Post 398 DVD release at Gatherings was a huge success. Many DVDs sold. Some dumb-ass ran off with the display DVD case. The idiot probrably thought there was a DVD in there. I would have loved to have see the idiots face when he/she opened it and saw there wasn't a DVD in there.

12 years ago
*Hangs head and weeps*  So many look so good and I can't get ahold of them! 


12 years ago

Tasha, we will work on it! We will try to change that.


This film about Rudolfo Anaya
12 years ago
New Mexico PBS

Date:Apr 26, 2007 9:14 AM This film about Rudolfo Anaya looks at the struggles and exultations of the creative process of writing from the standpoint of an author whose life is steeped in New Mexican tradition. Steering away from a strict biographical sketch, the documentary has friends, colleagues and other writers reading excerpts from Rudolfo Anaya's novels, short stories, plays, travelogues, and children's books, each contemplating their personal perspective on Anaya's prose.

From Curandera to Chupacabra: The Stories of Rudolfo Anaya

Available FREE & ON DEMAND at

See You Soon!

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A Blackfeet Encounter
12 years ago

A Blackfeet Encounter - For Sale at VisionMaker Video

Distributed by American Public Television (APT), A Blackfeet Encounter uncovers the rich history and culture of the Blackfeet people of Montana, traces the consequences of the Lewis & Clark expedition's arrival and investigates the struggles and triumphs of the Blackfeet today. Co-Produced by Curly Bear Wagner (Blackfeet), founder of the Going-to-the-Sun Institute in Browning, Montana, and Dennis Neary, Native View Pictures in Indianapolis, Indiana, this program is the culmination of the producers' desire to preserve the Blackfeet culture and share it with the rest of America through the medium of television.

Purchase DVD for Home Use

DVD/CD Bootlegging
11 years ago

Location: Kayenta, Arizona
Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 3:00 pm    Post subject: DVD/CD Bootlegging

We all know about the DVD/CD bootlegging market. I would like to know how everyone feels about it as far as the bootlegging of Native DVDs and CDs. Do you feel it's right to give your money to the bootlegger instead of the artists? Does DVD/CD bootlegging affect more than just the artists? I'd really like to hear eveyones opinion on this issue because right now our film "Mile Post 398" is on the bootleg market and this really jacks things up for us financially. We haven't even broken even yet on this film and these bootleggers are killing us.

Sheephead Films
11 years ago
Producer Profile: Prairie Dust Films

Courtney Hermann and Suree Towfighnia This month we are featuring the filmmakers behind Standing Silent Nation and Prairie Dust Films:

Suree Towfighnia
(Download the MP3)
(Read Suree's Profile)

Courtney Hermann
(Download the MP3)
(Read Courtney's Profile)

Subscribe to a podcast of the interviews and automatically receive new interviews with other producers in the future. The people that will make up these profiles will include filmmakers, radio producers and new media creators. New Podcast Series: Native to Native

Judi gaiashkibos (Ponca), Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian AffairsListen as we talk with Indigenous people about the issues that are important to them. The interviews will deal with topics that impact Natives from remembering our great leaders of the past to the developing technologies of today that transform tribal economies.

Subscribe to the Native to Native podcast series

Our first interview is with Judi gaiashkibos (Ponca), Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.

Download an MP3 of our interview with Judi gaiashkibos

New Film in works
11 years ago

 Chris Eyre's film on King Philips War comes out. Now he is undertaking the first major history film directed by one of us. In particular, the story deals with aspect of my own history so i will be curious to see how he handles history in the service of the American narrative.

_Jeff Bear________________
Urban Rez Productions

2007 Films and (in production)
11 years ago
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Photo's of people at Imprint showing
11 years ago

Wow, I thought this was a Chris Eyre's film all the way! What a surprise for me that it was written by a non-Native! A friend of Chris Eyre, but using Native actors with Native theme. Hummmm! Well, here are some of their pictures. Do you know who is who?


Michael Linn has been gracious enough to share the photos taken at the Los Angeles premiere. Wait~~is that the ubiquitous Russell Means in a few of those photos? sunny

[nativeartsculture] Current Productions :: Turtle Island Productions
11 years ago

Current Productions :: Turtle Island Productions Press Release: Emmy Winning Filmmakers Produce American Indian Movement ... Fortier has worked on numerous Native American productions in the US and Canada, ...

Make a short film for imagineNATIVE
11 years ago
Make a short film for imagineNATIVE imagineNATIVE and LIFT – Make a short film for imagineNATIVE ’07!
Sundays, July 8 – August 19
Deadline: June 22, 2007

Do you have a great idea for a 5 minute short film? Explore 16mm film through LIFT’s Handmade Filmmaking Workshop, shoot and edit your own film, and see your film on screen at the 8th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which will take place in Toronto from October 17th to 21st, 2007!

About the Course:
Handmade Filmmaking in 16mm (VALUE: $500)
7 consecutive Sundays, July 8 -- August 19, 10 am -- 6 pm

The goal of this course is to investigate those unique aspects of film--the film strip itself, the chemical composition of the cinematic image, the division of the film image into frames, the manipulation of the film image by optical means--which will become increasingly important as the medium differentiates itself from the other arts of the moving image.

This all-inclusive, hands-on film course will give you a basic foundation in camera operation, hand processing, optical printing, and a wide variety of animation techniques. This course is open to absolute beginners and is a great opportunity to develop a project beyond the idea stage.

Participants will receive the opportunity to use the following LIFT equipment and LIFT facilities outside of designated class time:
• 1 Bolex for 1 weekend or 2 week days
• 8 hours with the animation camera
• 8 hours with either of LIFT's optical printers
• 8 hours of darkroom time
• 12 hours of flatbed editing time
• 100 ft. of 3374 black and white hi-con 16mm film

Eligibility Criteria: This call is open to Aboriginal candidates only. Preference will be given to emerging artists or to video artists who have not worked in film. Candidates must commit to attending the LIFT training workshop for 7 consecutive Sundays starting July 9th.

Please email your one-page short film idea, a statement on why you would like to participate, and a bio to

The deadline for submissions is June 22, 2007
11 years ago

Borderlands Theater,
founded in 1986, has consistently developed and presented plays and theater productions that reflect the diversity of the U.S./Mexico border region. Although we have developed and produced work with Mexican and U. S. indigenous themes and characters, we have been remiss in producing works by Native playwrights from either Mexico or the US.

We wish to change this by developing a play or theatrical work focusing on the U.S./Mexico border region and the Native communities that live there: Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, Tohono Akimel and Cocopah. The production is bi-national in scope though playwrights/writers
must be indigenous, they do not have to be from this region nor be members of these communities. We are accepting short dramatic material: story telling, a monologue, dramatic songs or musical pieces, dramatic scenes, sketches, and treatments, etc. These can be in any style or genre: satire, drama, comedy, and/or melodrama.
Themes can include but not be limited to: myth of sovereignty, immigration (including tribal accountability for migrant deaths in the desert); militarization of the border, environment, language, and “the virtual wall”.

Should you choose to join us, here are a few guidelines for your writing:

• Write for a diverse audience which includes Native Americans
• Have an opinion and express your point of view regarding US/Mexico border issues from the perspective of Indigenous peoples who live on either side of the border.
• Limit your cast to no more than five actors and make certain to include Native peoples.
• The work should be about NOW!

This call for submissions is being is organized and administered by a special Native American committee within borderlands which will select the initial material and set policies and timelines for its future development into a full production. The committee members are: William Lang (Lenape), playwright and also dramaturg for this project; Jose Matus (Pascua Yaqui); Claudia Oldman (Dine), Leanne Whitewolf-Charlton (Anishinaabe); Mike Wilson, (Tohono O’odham); Robert Ybanez (Pascua Yaqui), and Barclay Goldsmith. We will try to assemble a talented production team of artists, Native and non-Native. As of the moment we have only seed funding to administer this search and to award playwrights small honorariums for work which we wish to consider. Writers whose works will actually be selected for development and final production will receive additional honorariums. The final work will be either a narrative play by one playwright or a tapestry of material by many writers.

Guidelines: Please email Barclay Goldsmith ( no later than July 1 to let us know you will or will not be mailing us material. Please send your submissions to William Lang either email ( or land mail, 5040 North Camino Esplendora, Tucson, AZ. 85718-6225. Include self addressed envelope if you want material returned. We’d like to receive everyone’s first draft by August 1, and we expect to assemble a final creation with re-writes by June 1, 2008, a year from now. We hope you’ll join us in this unique project at this very important historical time.

NAPT 2007 Open Call for Proposals - Deadline July 11th
11 years ago
NAPT 2007 Open Call for Proposals - Deadline July 11th

The postmark deadline for NAPT's 2007 Open Call is July 11, 2007. We welcome proposals for projects in all stages. Sixty-minute formats are strongly preferred, but films of any length will be considered. Review our guidelines and complete the application form online.

Questions? Contact Penny Costello at 402-472-0496, or by email.

June 29 and 30 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona.
11 years ago
turquoise rose~~~Travis Hamilton’s Turquoise Rose  will premiere June 29 and 30 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. A coming-of-age story about a young woman torn between family obligations and her college dreams, the movie was shot entirely in Arizona with a Navajo cast and crew. You will definitely being hearing more about this film in the coming months. For more info, visit the official website at:   
Illuminating Ourselves at the Fire of Radiant Hope
11 years ago


A handful of pioneering artists blazed these roads to freedom. And First Nations Cinema intends to build on this memory.


J'entends crier le ventre de la terre recalls the 20 years of Ondinnok Theatre, a Montreal troupe that has sustained a demanding creative theatre against the blows and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Montréal First Peoples' Festival 2007 at Cinémathèque québécoise
June 13, 14 and 15


An anthology session gives us access to Dana Claxton's video work. Claxton is a Lakota artist who takes an ironic and ceremonial look at the scars left by history and who traces new, initiatory healing paths with a pared-down grace.

And intersecting visions: Le Journal de Rasmussen by Zac Kunuk is the great Inuit filmmaker's transposition of the account of the Danish explorer's tribulations in the Canadian Far North. The day after, Les Noces de Palo, based on a scenario by the same Rasmussen, is a story of romantic rivalry among Greenland Inuit filmed by Danish filmmakers.

Dream Makers lets Canadian Aboriginal actors have their say, in particular veterans such as Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene and August Schellenberg, whose artistic efforts allowed a new vision of Amerindian characters to emerge in film and television and paved the way for Nathaniel Arcand and Dakota House. (Incidentally, Tantoo Cardinal is acting in the Canadian feature film Unnatural and accidental, based on the missing women in the Vancouver Red Light district).


Kin, a brilliant theatrical choreography featuring young Aborigines from ten to twelve years old in breathtaking performances, owes a debt to Stephen Page, a choreographer, dancer and director who founded the Bangarra Dance Theatre. Also from Australia, the astonishing film William allows us to discover the breadth of Aboriginal actors' talents. They have succeeded in expressing contemporary reality as well as their people's ageless soul.


Since First Nations peoples often live in vast natural expanses, they are in the vanguard of environmental struggles.


Trespassing depicts Shoshone people in Nevada opposing the use of their sacred sites in the Mojave Desert as a nuclear dumping ground. A similar struggle in Mexico is narrated in Décharge de déchets toxiques en Territoire Papago.

As for the Ojibway people, they are mobilising against attempts to genetically modify wild rice, still produced and harvested the traditional way in Manoomin: a Minnesota Way of Life. In the Philippines, Pildisan's Gold relates the struggle of the Igorot nation to protect their terraced gardens against a ruthless mining development threatening their traditional farming methods.

11 years ago


Taika Waititi's Eagle vs Shark will be screened at its Canadian premiere for the guests at First Peoples' Festival 2007's opening night.

Two short subjects (screened in previous editions of First Peoples' Festival) confirmed Taika Waititi's status as New Zealand cinema's rising star: Two Cars one Night (Oscar nomination for best short drama) and Tama Tu.

At a Sundance Institute writing workshop, Eagle vs Shark screenplay took shape. Ainsley Gardner from Whenua Films (a company devoted to emerging Maori filmmakers) made sure the screenplay went into production. "I wanted to bring out the beauty of being awkward, which is something you don't usually see in movies," says Taika Waitii of what he set out to do in Eagle vs Shark.

11 years ago
PG - What this rating means. Mature Themes, Violence

Rated 14A: What this rating means. Coarse Language, Violence

Rated G: What this rating means.

Rated Rated G: What this rating means.

Dude vs.DudeCanada20057 min

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11 years ago
Momentum SmudgeCanada200512 min

FREE Screening

Momentum Smudge

Christians have cathedrals, Muslims have mosques. For Native Canadians,used to praying in natural settings, all the world is a sacred space. But the props of Aboriginal spirituality – drums, chants and smouldering sweet grass – can draw unwanted attention in the city. Momentum Smudge witnesses how a small group of aboriginal women celebrate their rights to worship in the city – their way.

Director:Gail Maurice

Saturday, June 101:00 p.m.Stanley A. Milner Library

Screens with: A Thousand Roads, Drag in tha' Peg

Rated Rated G: What this rating means.

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A Thousand RoadsUSA200540 min

FREE Screening

A Thousand Roads

The lives of four Native Americans take significant turns as they confront the crises that arise in a single day. A young Inupiat girl, a Navajo homeboy, a Mohawk stockbroker, and a Quechua healer journey through the epic landscapes of Alaska, New Mexico, Manhattan and Peru, drawing strength from their tribal pasts to transcend the challenges of the day and embrace the promises that await them.

Director:Chris Eyre

Saturday, June 101:00 p.m.Stanley A. Milner Library

Screens with: Momentum Smudge, Drag in tha' Peg

Rated Rated G: What this rating means.

11 years ago
TrespassingUSA2005116 minTrespassing

Eight years in the making, Trespassing is a feature-length documentary film that poetically examines our fight for survival. By focusing on the battle around nuclear storage in the United States, the film carefully unpacks a deadly controversy around land rights, uranium mining, nuclear testing and the disposal of nuclear waste. Filmed in and around Native American sacred sites in Nevada's Yucca Mountain, Four-Corners and California's Mojave Desert, Trespassing captures the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment, while documenting the actions of indigenous people and others as they risk relocation, eviction and arrest to prevent further desecration of these lands, the air and the water by nuclear waste.

Director:Carlos DeMenezes

Friday, June 97:00 p.m.Stanley A. Milner Library

Rated Rated PG: What this rating means.

11 years ago
The Ghost RidersUSA200470 minThe Ghost Riders

The Bigfoot Memorial Ride, an annual 300-mile journey on horseback, helps the Lakota Nation "wipe the tears" shed for the massacre of Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in 1896, and for more recent hardships. Participants convey the ride's spirit of sacrifice and remembrance, and the Lakota people's determination to build a better future.

Director:V. Blackhawk Aamodt

Thursday, June 89:30 p.m.Stanley A. Milner Library

Rated Rated PG: What this rating means.

11 years ago
The Kaipara AffairNew Zealand2005136 minThe Kaipara Affair

The Kaipara Harbour may look like paradise, but the depletion of fish and seafood has long been a subject of grave concern to the locals. Barry Barclay's documentary takes us inside their struggle to obtain government support to rescue a vital natural resource. Barclay relishes the range of personalities, cultures and tactics that rub together here. Barclay depicts an alarming systemic disconnection between faceless state bureaucracy and democratic process, locating Kaipara's affairs in the universal context of humanity's yearning for constitutional justice and peace.

Director:Barry Barclay

Thursday, June 87:00 p.m.Stanley A. Milner Library

Rated Rated PG: What this rating means.

11 years ago
Aboriginal Architecture: Living ArchitectureCanada200593 minAboriginal Architecture: Living Architecture

Everyone is familiar with certain types of Aboriginal architecture. Traditional igloos and tepees are two of the most enduring symbols of North America itself. But how much do we really know about the types of structures Native Peoples designed, engineered and built? Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture provides a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities – Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida – revealing how each is actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.

Director:Paul M. Rickard

Thursday, June 87:00 p.m.Metro Cinema

Rated Rated G: What this rating means.

11 years ago
Chi-mnissing – N-daa-yaan (Big Island – My Home)Canada200522 minChi-mnissing – N-daa-yaan (Big Island – My Home)

The filmmaker takes you to an Island First Nation to unveil its beauty and unique history with spectacular visuals, a historical re-enactment and introduces some of the people who are fortunate enough to live on this island. However, a metaphor has been hanging around for decades that could change the live of the islanders forever.

Director:Ellen Monague

Saturday, June 103:00 p.m.Stanley A. Milner Library

Screens with: Spirit Doctors

Rated Rated G: What this rating means.

Red Nation Celebration
11 years ago

Red Nation Celebration : American Indian Heritage Events 2007 Sunday, November 18, 2007. Continuing screenings - Celebrating NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM. DAY

11 years ago
Films... Movies : "Older Than America"

From all the info I have, "Older than America" premiered in both Minnesota and at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas earlier this month. No word from Georgina Lightning on when copies will be available for purchase or where else it might be screened. Here's the link to official website: http://www.oldertha namerica. com/ and an article in a local Minnesota newspaper about the film:

Spread the word about Cloquet-filmed `Older Than America' Lisa Baumann Pine Journal
Published Thursday, April 03, 2008
Films are perhaps the greatest vehicles for grabbing the modern attention span. And sometimes, a film based on a true story or historical event is one of the only ways people learn about the past.

Far too often, we live in the here and now, focused on what the current picture shows us. We don't know, or don't care, about what came before, and what led us to the current picture.

The film "Older Than America" compels us to look at a part of the past, our past here in Minnesota, that we may not want to see.

It's a part that everyone should see, however.

The film revolves around the lasting impact of Indian boarding schools – which closed their doors in Minnesota as recently as the 1970s – on survivors and their descendants.

It's not pretty, but learning about that part of history explained a lot to Georgina Lightning, who wrote, directed and starred in the film. Her father, who was forced into a boarding school, eventually died by suicide.

Fond du Lac Reservation officials felt the film's topic was so important that they called Lightning immediately after reading the request to shoot on the reservation.

As Lightning was told when talking to Fond du Lac Reservation officials about making the movie here, "There isn't one person who hasn't felt the impact of Indian boarding schools."

The Cloquet film screenings on Thursday evening were sold out and hundreds of people were turned away, which means a great deal of area people are interested in the film.

Now Lightning will work the film festival circuit in hopes of finding a major distributor to release it in theaters across the country.

If you weren't able to get a seat for the Cloquet screenings, you can find much information about the film online. Clips can be seen at www.olderthanameric, YouTube and MySpace.

Sign up to be a friend of the film at the MySpace page of the film's production company, Tribal Alliance.

If you were one of the lucky few who got to view the film in Cloquet, tell everyone about the experience. Be the buzz that brings history to light so, as Lightning says, everyone can heal and move forward.

11 years ago
Older Than America - Movie Interview - Georgina Lightning
OLDER THAN AMERICA is the story of one woman's journey of discovery and her
desire to understand the dark secrets of her family and her people's history
in order to reconcile their past, forgive and have strength to move on.
OLDER THAN AMERICA was directed by Cree Indian actress turned Director
Georgina Lightning and stars Georgina
Older Than America - Movie Interview - Wes Studi
A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priests sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that occurred at a Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, Older Than America delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at Indian boarding schools across the U.S. and Canada
11 years ago
Older Than America - Movie Interview - Georgina Lightning
OLDER THAN AMERICA is the story of one woman's journey of discovery and her
desire to understand the dark secrets of her family and her people's history
in order to reconcile their past, forgive and have strength to move on.
OLDER THAN AMERICA was directed by Cree Indian actress turned Director
Georgina Lightning and stars Georgina
Older Than America - Movie Interview - Wes Studi
A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priests sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that occurred at a Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, Older Than America delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at Indian boarding schools across the U.S. and Canada

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