November 10, 2008

Native American Film Festival

AAIA Hosts 4th Annual
Native American Short Film Festival

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tribeca Screening Room
375 Greenwich Street

(Between North Moore & Franklin Streets)
New York, NY

For Directions see

6:30 PM

Free to the Public

AAIA is proud to present the following short films showcasing Native American filmmakers.

This event will be preceeded by AAIA's 85th Annual Meeting of the Members. Members who are not able to attend, please mail in your proxy which will be in the fall issue of Indian Affairs, by Monday, November 10.

Sikumi (On the Ice), written and directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq). Andrew won the 2008 Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. Sikumi which was shot in Barrow with an Inupiaq cast, tells the tale of a hunter who goes out on the ice looking for seal and inadvertently witnesses a murder.

Caleb’s Legacy, directed and produced by Raquel Chapa (Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cherokee), through the American Experience Reel Indian project. In 1655 Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, an Aquinnah Wampanoag member, became the first graduate of Harvard Indian College. Over 300 years later four Native women at Harvard from different departments and tribes recount their journey to the prestigious institution and draw inspiration from their remarkable forerunner.

Ancestor Eyes, directorial debut by award winning screenwriter Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet/Hawaiian). After getting sick, a young Native American woman, Willa, returns to her mother's home where they both must come to terms with her illness. Willa's mother, who had been a long time 'shut in', begins venturing outside with her camcorder, taping the sunrise and mountains, bringing the outside world in to the bed ridden Willa.

In Horse You See Ross, by Melissa A. Henry (Navajo), explains the very essence of being a horse.

American Cowboys, written, produced and edited by Cedric (Umatilla) and Tania Wildbill. Narrated by Academy Award winner William Hurt, is a story about Jackson Sundown, a Nez Perce Indian, who was the first Native American to win the World Saddle Bronc Championship at the 1916 Pendleton Round-Up. George Fletcher was the first African American to compete in the 1911 controversial Saddle Bronc finals for the World Title at the Pendleton Round-Up. Sundown and Fletcher were two legendary cowboys who broke the color barriers in the rodeo arena at the turn of the 20th Century. American Cowboys was produced by Wildbill Productions, in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Funded, in part, by Native American Public Telecommunications. American Cowboys won the 1999 Great Plains Film Festival for Best Documentary Made for Public Television and also won the 2001 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for Best Documentary.

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