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Native American Film & Video Festival


The sixth Native American Film & Video Festival, presented by Red Path Theater Company, takes place Friday through Sunday, November 19 through 21, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton; and the Field Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. Tickets to all programs are $7, except for the Friday morning program at the Field Museum, which is $4, and the Chicago Cultural Center programs, which are free. For more information call 773-907-4667.


Educators Day

This three-hour panel discussion features local video makers and focuses on how Native American youths deal with stereotypes and issues of cultural identity. Three works will be screened: Cesar A. Sanchez's Ju-Nam (All Together), an experimental piece about urban Native Americans; David Grotell's Nanibaa, about a girl caught between tribal tradition and modern life; and Beverly Moeser's I'm Not Tonto, based on the poem by E. Donald Two-Rivers. (Field Museum, 10:00 am)

Short videos, program one

Dana Claxton's Buffalo Bone China (1997) uses the slaughter of the buffalo as a metaphor for the persecution of Native Americans during the 19th century. In Randy Redroad's Haircuts Hurt (1992) a woman encounters prejudice when she takes her young son to a barber. On the same program, works by Beverly Singer and Beverly Moeser. (Chicago Cultural Center, noon)

Short videos, program two

The best of the fest, featuring work by Dana Claxton, Wes Studi, Beverly Moeser, Randy Redroad, Beverly Singer, and Anna Gronau and Shelly Niro. (Chicago Cultural Center, 7:00)


Short videos, program three

Phil Lucas's Images of Indians is the first of a five-part series documenting Hollywood stereotypes of Native Americans, hosted by actor Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). In Singing Our Stories (1998) Annie Frazier-Henry explores the narrative songs of women across the U.S. and Canada. Black Water Creek (1998), by Darlene Naponse, documents a day in the life of two Ojibwa women. On the same program, work by Doug Cuthand, the summer youth program of the Native Cultural and Theatre Arts Society, and Penobscot students of Indian Island School in Portland, Maine. (Facets Multimedia Center, noon)

The "Women's Circle"

A three-hour panel discussion featuring women filmmakers, artists, educators, and community leaders. Works to be screened include Cease Wyss's Ten Skakel (My Baby) (1995), about a woman giving birth to her first child, and Dana Claxton's I Want to Know Why (1994), which uses colonial images of Native Americans and music video techniques to explore the deaths of her mother and grandmother. On the same program, works by Beverly Singer and the Tlingit and Haida Indians of southeast Alaska. (Field Museum, 1:00)

Short videos, program four

Doug Cuthand's Gifts of the Grandfathers (1997) looks at Native American rodeos, which began in the 40s as a reaction to the prejudice at white rodeos. In Batoche

. . . One More Time (1996) Marjorie Beaucage profiles storytellers and dramatists from the Meti tribe. Bonnie Looksaway's Iron Art Wagon (1998) is about a young woman's adventure in the midst of a powwow; Wes Studi directed. On the same program, work by Dana Claxton and Monique Sonoquie. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)


Ian Skorordin's 1997 feature is based on the story of Native American activist John Trudell, "whose family was murdered after he burned the American flag on the steps of the FBI headquarters in Washington." On the same program, Shelly Niro's Honey Moccasin (1998). (Facets Multimedia Center, 4:00)

The Power of Image: Native Filmmakers, Educators, and Artists

A two-hour panel discussion featuring Native American filmmakers, performance artists, educators, playwrights, and authors. Cesar A. Sanchez's Ju-Nam (All Together) will be screened. (Chicago Cultural Center, 5:00)

Short videos, program five

Loretta Todd's Today Is a Good Day: Remembering Chief Dan George (1998) profiles the Native American actor best known for Little Big Man. In Ntapueu . . . I Am Telling the Truth (1998), Marjorie Beaucage examines the impact of a nickel mine on the Innu people. On the same program, a short by Darlene Naponse and part two of Phil Lucas's Images of Indians. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)

Short videos, program six

Phil Lucas's The Honour of All (1987) documents "the struggle of one community and its bouts and triumphs with alcoholism, tragedy, and healing." Lucas's Allan Houser (Haozous): The Lifetime Work of an American Master (1998) profiles the Native American artist. On the same program, work by Thirza Cuthand and Annie Frazier-Henry. (Facets Multimedia Center, 9:00)


Short videos, program seven

Sharing One Earth (1993), by students of Indian Island School and King Middle School in Portland, Maine, uses animated and live-action sequences to adapt a Native American tale with ecological overtones. Annie Frazier-Henry's Words of Wisdom (1992) is based on an oral poem about respect for elders. On the same program, Phil Lucas's Healing the Hurts and part three of his documentary Images of Indians. (Facets Multimedia Center, noon)


See listing for Saturday, November 20. (Facets Multimedia Center, noon)

Short videos, program eight

Drumbeat for Mother Earth, a work by Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network, explores the effects of toxic chemical pollutants on Native Americans. On the same program, films by Ejido Morelia, the Chiapas Media Project, and the Autonomous Municipalities of Los Altos. Alex Hulkin of Chiapas Media Project will lead a question-and-answer session. (Facets Multimedia Center, 3:00)

Short videos, program nine

Joseph Lazore's Out of the Fog (1995) looks at a man buffeted between contemporary and traditional values as he tries to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Chinook Winds: The First Aboriginal Dance Project 1996, by the Banff Centre for the Arts, documents Native Americans reclaiming the heritage of the medicine dance. On the same program, work by David Grotell, Monique Sonoquie, and the Tlingit and Haida Indians of southeast Alaska, and parts four and five of Phil Lucas's Images of Indians. (Facets Multimedia Center, 6:00)


See listing for Saturday, November 20. (Facets Multimedia Center, 7:00)

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