November 13, 2006

Filmfest in the Windy City

A Beautiful Night in Chicago…Because Films Can Change the WorldIt was sleeting, thundering and gusty in Chicago Friday night. The venue, the American Indian Center, is a former Masonic Temple built sometime early in the last century located in a working class Asian neighborhood. Flags representing Native Nations are draped near the ceiling with a faded mural on the back cinderblock wall.

Britney, Paris, Brad and Angelina and Chicago’s favorite daughter, Oprah, were nowhere to be found. But those who love films, who love Native films, braved the bone-drenching squall to see a dramatic feature and documentary and enjoy listening to the filmmaker who pulled his chair in and chatted familiarly with the audience like we were sitting in a pub over drinks.

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