Agua Caliente Cultural Museum – Native FilmFest
The 2014 Native FilmFest presented by Agua Caliente Cultural Museum will be held at Camelot Theatres on Tuesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 9.
Guest Programmer of Native FilmFest is Elizabeth Weatherford, Founder and Director of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The lineup films this year offers the best in available feature, documentary and short films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples.
The festival will present important new Native feature films such as the Navajo Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (In Navajo, with English subtitles) and Maïna starring award-winning Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal. The diversity of subject matter and stunningly beautiful cinematography of films such as the documentary Desert Dreams and the poignant short film Miss Chief: Justice of the Piece is sure to engage and inform, as well as, entertain.
Opening the festival on Tuesday evening is Views on Native Film – a free lecture by Nancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. (Chiricahua Apache), Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In fall 2014, Dr. Mithlo will be Chair of American Indian Studies at Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Her lecture is entitled, Can You Hear Me?: Silence as an Indigenous Representational Strategy in Film.
Richard M. Milanovich, the late Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, was a lover of film and, each year, attended Native FilmFest. The Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film established in his name honors those who have distinguished themselves by their meritorious work in Indigenous film. The 2014 Award will be presented to Tantoo Cardinal on Saturday evening at the 8:00 screening.
An accomplished and celebrated actress, Tantoo Cardinal has advanced Aboriginal performing arts throughout the world, blazing a trail in an industry where few roles for Aboriginal women previously existed. Among her 80-plus credits are Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Smoke Signals, and North of 60. Acting and speaking are only two of the many ways she contributes to society, dedicating her life to ensuring Aboriginal people, their cultures, and the historic and current issues impacting their communities are fairly represented throughout the arts. In 2010, Ms. Cardinal was inducted as a Member into the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions.
Ticket and screening information, including film synopses, are attached and online at www.accmuseum.org.
There will be tented public receptions daily between the 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. screenings. Filmgoers may purchase tasty meals and beverages at nominal cost and visit with other filmgoers, as well as filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance.
The festival promises to be an entertaining and illuminating week of Indigenous film. For additional information, please contact Steve Sharp, Director of Development, at 760.833.8167 or email@example.com.