Native Eyes Film Showcase 2015
Native Eyes is produced collaboratively by Arizona State Museum with Tohono O'odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Pascua Yaqui Intel Computer Clubhouse, Indigenous Strategies, and University of Arizona's American Indian Studies department.
September 26, 7:00 p.m., Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson
Native Eyes at Loft Film Fest
Empire of Dirt (2013, 99 minutes, Director: Jennifer Podemski)
In Person: Cara Gee (Ojibwa), actress
"Empire of Dirt tells a traditional mothers-and-daughters story in a new way by making their Cree heritage and the role it has in their lives and relationships the true heart of the drama." (The Toronto Star)
Trailer for Empire of Dirt
Admission: $10 per person or $8 for Loft, ASM and tribal community members.
Related Workshop: Acting, Directing & Scene Work with Cara Gee
October 8, 7:00 p.m., and October 9, 8:00 p.m., Temple of Music and Art, Cabaret Theater, 260 S. Scott Ave, Tucson
Native Eyes at the Tucson Festival of Films
Maïna (Canada, 2014, 100 minutes, in Inuktitut with English subtitles)
In Person: Michel Poulette, director
Follow the journey of young Maïna, an Innu (people of the great waters). The aftermath of a bloody confrontation between the Innu and the Inuit (men from the land of ice), leaves Maïna’s best friend dead. Maïna dives into more danger, as she promises to retrieve his son who was stolen by the Inuit. A compelling story of culture clashes, loss, love and understanding, this stunning film introduces us to two complex civilizations that founded America. For the first time in Canadian film history, two ingenious communities, Innu First Nation from Mingan, Quebec and the Kuujjuaq Inuit people financed this film as they saw it as a way to help preserve their language and culture, and present their history in a respectful way. Trailer for Maïna.
October 10, 6:00 p.m.,Temple of Music and Art, Cabaret Theater, 260 S. Scott Ave, Tucson
The Shorts-Narrative program includes two Native Eyes short films:
Bloodlines (USA, 2013, 11 min, Director: Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Navajo))
Ronnie BoDean (USA, 2015, 12 min, Director: Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa / Choctaw))
For more information about the shorts included in this program and to pre-purchase tickets visit Tucson Festival of Films.
October 13, 2:00 p.m., University of Arizona College of Medicine, Room 2117 (at Drachman & Cherry), Tucson
Native Eyes at the Native Voices in the Southwest Conference
Carlos Montezuma: Changing Is Not Vanishing (USA, 2014, 28 minutes, Directors Alison Davis Wood and Tim Hartin)
In Person: Bernadine Burnette (Yavapai), descendent of Dr. Montezuma
Born in 1866 in the Arizona Territory, Carlos Montezuma (Wassaja) was stolen from his Yavapai family as a young boy and sold as a slave. He spent his early childhood on the road with an Italian photographer, and performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. In 1889, he became one of the first Native Americans to earn a medical degree. Working as a Bureau of Indian Affairs reservation doctor, he witnessed widespread poverty and bureaucratic corruption, which steeled him to fight for Native American rights and citizenship. In 1906, when the Yavapai faced removal from their reservation, Montezuma went to Washington, to fight for and finally secure their land and water rights.
Offered on conjunction with Native Voices exhibit and related free conference.
This program offered in collaboration with the University of Arizona's Arizona Health Science Library.
October 22, 4:45 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson
Native Eyes at Loft Film Fest
Daughter of Dawn (USA, 1920, restored 2012, 80 minutes, Director: Norbert A. Myles)
In Person: Wilson C. Daingkau (Kiowa / Caddo / Pawnee), descendent of actors
This silent film, previously thought to be lost, may be the only film of the silent era with an all Native American cast. The lead actor is White Parker, the son of the great Comanche leader Quanah Parker. The story, played by an all-Indian cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches, includes a four-way love story, buffalo hunt scenes, battle scenes, dances, deceit, courage, and ultimately a happy ending. The Indians, who had been on the reservation less than fifty years, brought with them their own tipis, horses, clothing, and material culture. The film is included in the National Film Registry at Library of Congress.
Background information about Daughter of Dawn.
Offered on conjunction with Native Voices exhibit and free conference.
Admission: $10, $8 for Loft / ASM / tribal community members.
This program offered in collaboration with the Loft Film Fest.
November 8, 12:30–5:15 p.m. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson
Water is Life: Three films, Q&A with filmmakers, panel discussion, resource fair
12:30 pm Resource Fair. On The Loft’s patio.
1:00–3:00 p.m. My Louisiana Love (USA, 2013, 66 minutes)
Q&A with Monique Verdin
Trailer for My Louisiana Love
3:00–3:30 p.m. Resource Fair. On The Loft’s patio.
3:30–5:15 p.m. 2 Films:
Mover un Río (Mexico, 2015, Spanish with subtitles, 67 minutes, Director: Alba Herrera Rivas)
Trailer for Mover un Río
Panel discussion with Lourdes Escalante (Yaqui) and Felipe Molina (Yoeme)
Admission: $15 per person or $12 for Loft / ASM / tribal community members and UA students.
DATE CHANGE! December 5, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. San Xavier District Administration Building and San Xavier Food Co-op
Water is Life Native Youth Summit: History, Art and Action!
A free daylong workshop about the history, cultural importance, and future of water in Native communities.
Elders, tribal leaders and young activists from the several Arizona Indian nations will speak about the complicated history of a shared resource and the life-sustaining power of water for their people. They will address issues related to land and water rights that affect tribal nations today and shape the future. The day culminates with students creating art expressing their understanding of water and activism, building a rainwater garden, and interviewing elders. This event is intended to inspire Native youth to find their own voice and to become involved in shaping a future grounded in traditional values.
For Native middle and high school and college students; Pre-registration required. Please submit application (PDF*) by November 30th.
This program is offered in collaboration with the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the San Xavier Farm Co-op.
MORE FILMS coming Spring 2016!
Planned for the spring are screenings of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, The Activist, Kuna Hima, among others. Please check back. To be placed on Arizona State Museum's email list to be notified or with questions or to submit a film for review, email us.
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The 2015 Native Eyes Film Showcase is produced by Arizona State Museum in partnership with Indigenous Strategies, Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Pascua Yaqui Intel Computer Clubhouse, and University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies department,
and in cooperation with the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation, San Xavier Coop Farm, Tucson Festival of Films, The Loft Cinema, and the Wa:k O’odham Foundation,
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