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FILM INDIANS NOW!*
*Warning: Films may depict actual Indians depicting Indians.

NMAIfs Film and Video Center and the National Gallery of Art present a remarkable eight-part series offering fresh views of the contemporary Native American experience in media. Each program will include a moderated discussion following the screening.




Saturday October 4, 2008, 2pm
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

PRETTY PICTURES
Exploring elements of Native female identity, we ask, How does art influence children? How do romantic images of Indians enchant Native and non-Native people, young and old?

Conversion (2006, 8 min.) Director: Nanobah Becker (Navajo)
In a remote corner of the Navajo Nation, circa 1950, a visit by Christian missionaries has catastrophic consequences for a family.
In Navajo with English subtitles.

Disneyfs Pocahontas (1995, 84 min.) Directors: Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg
Free-spirited Pocahontas lives a carefree life with her animal friends Meeko and Flit and the companionship of her loving Grandmother Willow. When English settlers arrive on the shores of their village, a chance encounter with Captain John Smith begins a friendship that changes both cultures forever.

Moderated discussion led by Pat Aufderheide with filmmaker Nanobah Becker and National Museum of the American Indian research historian Gabrielle Tayac(Piscataway) to follow the screening.





Sunday October 5, 2008, 2pm
Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, First Level

STRANGE LOVE
National issues of sovereignty and cultural acceptance often affect Native people on a personal level. Many individuals must search for lifefs greatest momentsmarriage, children, etc.within the confines of blood quantum. Thisgovernment-mandated system, which defines citizenship by how much gIndian bloodh someone has, leads many Native people to question their cultural worth, asking, Is my identity in my blood?

Club Native (2008, 78 min.) Director: Tracey Deer (Mohawk)
On the Mohawk Kahnawake Reserve there are two very firm but unwritten rules: donft marry a white man and donft have a child with a white man. Doing so means losing all standing as a Native person, for you and your children. Documentarian Tracey Deer follows four women from Kahnawake as they battle the pressures of life, love, and community to protect their status as tribal members, as well as the rights of their spouses and children to live on tribal lands.

Moderated discussion led by Gabrielle Tayac with filmmaker Tracey Deer to follow the screening.






Saturday November 1, 2008, 2pm
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

Tkaronto (2007, 102 min.) Director: Shane Belcourt (MD+1tis)
Amidst the cityscape of Tkaronto (the original Mohawk word for Toronto), Ray and Jolene, two Native thirty-somethings, make an unexpected, life-changing connection. As they wander through bittersweet experiences of contemporary Native life, they find solace in each otherfs struggle for a sense of cultural self.

Moderated discussion led by producer Christine Vachon with filmmaker Shane Belcourt to follow the screening.





Sunday November 2, 2008, 2pm
Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, First Level

ITfS NOT TV, ITfS INDIANS!
A high energy explosion of television magic that will make you think about Native Americans in a new way! Three Native artistsBen-Alex Dupris (Colville), Terrance Houle (Blackfoot/Saulteaux), and Skeena Reece (MD+1tis/Cree/ Tsimshian/Gitksan)perform spoken word, song, and dance pieces inspired by their favorite gIndianh episodes of television. Many American TV shows have featured a special episode with an American Indian guest star or Native-inspired theme. Many of these shows are embraced by Native communities, despite their lack of accuracy or sensitivity toward Native culture.

Proposed episodes for this program are:

Challenge of the SuperFriendsf gThe History of Doomh and gDoomsdayh featuring Apache Chief (voiced by Michael Rye) (Original Air Date: 1978) Director: Ray Patterson, presented by Ben-Alex Dupris

Seinfeldfs gCigar Store Indianh (Original Air Date: December 9, 1993) Director: Tom Cherones, presented by Terrance Houle

Moeshafs gRoad Triph (Original Air Date: November 26, 1996) Director: Henry
Chan, presented by Skeena Reece






Saturday November 22, 2008, 2 pm
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

A FUTURE REALIZED: FILMS BY TODAYfS INDIAN
We are proud to present the newest films from some of the best Native American filmmakers working today.

The Colony (2007, 23 min.) Director: Jeff Barnaby (MifgMaq),
Maytag, a MifgMaq man displaced from the reserve, latches onto and falls in love with the only aboriginal woman he has met in the city. His descent into madness is exacerbated by his drug dealer and friend.
In English and MifgMaq with English subtitles.

Nikamowin (2007, 11 min.) Director: Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree)
This experimental film ponders our indelible connection to language, transforming a Cree narrative into a landscape of sound and song.
In English and Cree with English subtitles.

Sikumi (On the Ice) (2007,15 min.) Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
(I
]D+Pupiaq)
An Inuit hunter inadvertently becomes a witness to murder, forcing him to navigate the frayed morality between honoring the memory of one friend and destroying the life of another.
In I]D+Pupiaq with English subtitles.

A Return Home (2008, 31 min.) Director: Ramona Emerson (Navajo)
A powerful documentary about B. Emerson Kitsman, a contemporary painter who has returned to her childhood home in the Navajo Nation. As she begins a monumental project, Kitsman must also adjust to life on her reservation, spurring questions about what it means to be a Native artist.

4-Wheel War Pony (2007, 5 min.) Director: Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo)
The Apaches of the 1880s absorbed modernity, yet they managed to continue refining and retaining their way of life; so too do todayfs White Mountain Apache skateboarders.
4-Wheel War Pony is a short film using skateboarding footage captured by members of the White Mountain Apache in an effort to document a culture in motion.

Moderated discussion led by curator Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation) with filmmakers Jeff Barnaby, Kevin Lee Burton, Dustinn Craig, Ramona Emerson, and Andrew Okpeaha MacLean to follow the film.




Sunday November 23, 2008, 2 pm
Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, First Level

THE DOUBLE ENTENDRE OF RE-ENACTMENT:An interactive program with Gerald McMaster

Curator Gerald McMaster takes a subversive and often humorous look at historical reenactment. This presentation offers new insight into reenactmentfrom its roots in American artist George Catlinfs European tour of Native performers and the famous Wild West shows to todayfs young Native artists currently reinterpreting reenactment as a means of artistic defiance.





Saturday December 6, 2008, 2 pm
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

MAINSTREAM NATIVE AMERICA
In 1972 America watched Francis Ford Coppolafs
The Godfather, the first Italian American film written and directed by Italian Americans. Today, people from diverse and specific backgrounds still relate with the epic story of the Corleone family. Themes such as cultural displacement, the realization of the American dream, and family allegiances resonate and parallel many issues Native Americans face today.

The Godfather (1972, 175 min.) Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Coppola's adaptation of Mario Puzo's bestseller about post-WWII rivalry among the New York Mafia's five families stands alone as both art and entertainment. Coppola's cinematic vision is in full flower, from the then-controversial casting of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, to the deep hues of Gordon Willis's photography, to the moving score by Nino Rota. The film earned eleven Oscar nominations,with wins for Best Picture, Screenplay, and Actor for the iconic Brando. Description courtesy of the American Film Institute

Moderated discussion led by Hanay Geiogamah (Kiowa/Delaware) with filmmaker Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) and the Director of the Smithsonian Institutionfs National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche), to follow the program.






Sunday December 7, 2008, 2pm
Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, First Level

MAINSTREAM NATIVE AMERICA, PART 2
We present the first feature film written, directed, and (co)produced by Native Americans to receive distribution in mainstream theaters.

Smoke Signals (1998, 104 min.) Director: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho)
An acclaimed independent film about a young Native man who embarks on a life-changing journey with his childhood friend to retrieve the body of his estranged father.
Smoke Signals marked the directorial debut of Chris Eyre. The screenplay by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) is based on his short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

Moderated discussion led by Hanay Geiogamah with filmmaker Chris Eyre to follow the screening.

 
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