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Native Eyes Film Showcase 2016

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.

April 15 2016, 6:15 p.m., Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd, Tucson 85704

Kumu Hina (2014, 85 minutes, Director: Joe Wilson)

Skype conversation with Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu follows the screeing.

Kumu Hina tells the inspiring story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian kumu, or teacher, community leader, and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s traditional embrace of mahu—those who embody both male and female spirit. The film traces Hina’s evolution from a timid high school boy to her position as a married woman and cultural director of a school in one of Honolulu’s grittier neighborhoods. As Hina contemplates who should lead the school’s all-male hula troupe, a surprising candidate presents herself: Ho‘onani, a sixth grader who is proud to be seen as a mixture of boy and girl. As teacher and student prepare for a climactic end-of-year performance, they meet many obstacles, but hold fast to the idea that being true to oneself matters most. The film also delves into Hina’s pursuit of a dream of her own: a fulfilling romantic relationship. Her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man, and the challenges they encounter, offer a glimpse of a Hawai‘i rarely seen on film and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of aloha—love, honor, and respect for all.

This program is presented in partnership with the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center in connection with the exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, open for viewing that evening. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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Admission: $5
Asian food avaialble to purchase from 5:30–6:15: $10.00 a plate

April 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Native Eyes at Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson

In Person: filmmaker Steven Paul Judd (Choctaw)

In Search for the World’s Best Taco (US, 2010, 12 minutes, director Steven Paul Judd)

Tells the whimsical story of a Choctaw grandfather who regales his grandson with tall tales about his lifelong quest for true love.

Ronnie BoDean (US, 2015, 12 minutes, director Steven Paul Judd, starring Wes Studi (Cherokee))

Get Ready for Wes Studi as Badass Native Anti-hero.”—Indian Country Today

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Canada, 2013, 98 minutes, directed by Jeff Barnaby (Mi'g Maq), starring Devery Jacobs (Mohawk) and Roseanne Supernault (East Prairie Metis))

“Eye-catching feature…. About a teenage, aboriginal, revenge-seeking drug dealer.” –Variety

Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle, she sells enough dope to pay off Popper, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. The precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed when her drug money is stolen. Her only options are to run or fight... and Mi'g Maq don't run.

Admission: $10 per person, $8 for Loft/ASM/tribal community members/UA & PCC students

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Admission: $10 per person or $8 for Loft, ASM and tribal community members.

Related Workshops: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16

Join Chocktaw artist / filmmaker Steven Paul Judd for some creative fun!

From Small Blocks to a Big Painting
Friday, April 15, 2016, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
at Native American Student Affairs, University of Arizona.

Working with Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd, transform small blocks into a large-scale painting. Enjoy an afternoon of creativity! Please wear clothes that won’t be ruined by a few drops of paint.

This free event is open to University of Arizona and Pima Community College Native American students. Participants will be entered into a drawing for tickets the Native Eyes Film Showcase screenings of shorts by Steve Paul Judd and the feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls at the Loft Cinema on April 16.

Pre-Registration Required. Email stevenm1@email.arizona.edu, 520-621-3835

Make Stop-Motion Videos with your Smart Phone!
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

at Pascua Yaqui Computer Clubhouse, 4747 W. Calle Vicam, Tucson

Working with Choctaw filmmaker Steven Paul Judd, transform action figures, legos and cardboard creations into cutting-edge stop-motion videos. Your smart phone is the key to being a movie director, producer, and editor. This fun-filled, hard-working workshop is recommended for all aspiring YouTube filmmakers. If you don’t have a smart phone, invite a friend who does to join you! Please bring your favorite toys, ideas, creativity and inspiration.

Open to middle and high school, community college, and university students.

Free, lunch provided.

All participants receive a free ticket to the evening’s Native Eyes Film Showcase screenings of shorts by Steve Paul Judd and the feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls at the Loft Cinema.

Pre-Registration Required. Email Lisa Falk or call 520-626-2973

Special thanks to the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Wa:k O'odham Foundation for support of these screenings and workshops.

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The 2016 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,

with support from Tucson Pima Arts Council, Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Tohono O’odham Utility Authority, and the following entities of the University of Arizona: Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program,  Southwest Center,  Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, Institute of the Environment, and Water Resources Research Center

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