November 12, 2008

5th Annual Native Eyes Film Showcase

Native Eyes film showcaseThe fifth annual festival highlighting up-and-coming Native American filmmakers and actors covers three days. Here's the schedule of films showing at Crossroads:

Nov. 14: “4-Wheel War Pony,” director Dustin Craig’s 8-minute short shows how skateboarding on the White Mountain Apache reservation links past cultures with the present. “Older Than America” (102 minutes) by Cree director Georgina Lightning tells the story of how haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence the truth about the atrocities that took place at a Native American boarding school.

Nov. 15: “Female Rain,” director Velma Craig (Navajo) presents a 2-minute short inspired by Navajo poet Laura Tohe’s meditation on rain. Director Dustin Craig screens a short film, “I Belong To This,” the story of a young man’s reflections on raising his children in their Indian traditions and his own relationship to his childhood community. In the 81-minute feature “Four Sheets To The Wind,” director Sterlin Harjo (Creek/Seminole) tells the story of a young Seminole Indian man dealing with his father’s suicide, who sets out on an offbeat journey of mourning and learning.

Nov. 16: “Benito’s Gift,” director Rick Romancito (Taos) shows his short film about a young Pueblo Indian boy who fulfills a special promise that helps bring his family together. In Cheyenne/Arapho (and UA alum) Chris Eyre produced the feature “Imprint,” a controversial murder trial brings on strange visions and ghostly voices that propel a prosecuting attorney into an unexpected journey.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.

1 comment:

Melvin Martin said...

Re: "Older Than America"

Although I have yet to see this film, I believe that what went on during the (worst times) of the boarding school era needs to be greatly illuminated as there is such a strong connection between the abuses meted out then upon generations of Indian people and the behaviorial dysfunctions that permeate so much of present-day Indian life.