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March 3, 2016 5:00 PM
International Short Films
Round Dance – United States, Music Video, 2014, 1 minute and
Ronnie BoDean – United States, Short Drama, 2015, 13 minutes
Two films shaped by the delicious humor of Steven Judd. Round Dance encourages us all to do the right thing. In Ronnie BoDean, an apparent slacker (Wes Studi) reluctantly takes responsibility for his neighbor’s precious kids with results that are by turns alarming and life-affirming.
Director: Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa and Choctaw) In Attendance
Advice to Myself 2: Resistance – United States, Experimental, 2015, 5 minutes
In this video poem, a figure Bear (written and performed by Louise Erdrich) moves through a frozen landscape, offering a message of personal, political, and universal resistance.
Director and Writer: Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe)
2 Spirit Introduction Special 19.99 – Canada, Experimental, 2015, 5 minutes
This work is a send-up of selling “Native” ways and a celebration of Native queerness. If you are just coming out as a 2 Spirited person, this spoofy offer for a monthly subscription to “traditional” knowledge may or may not be what you need.
Director: Thirza Cuthand (Plains Cree and Scottish)
Dance to Miss Chief – Canada, Experimental, 2010, 5 minutes and
Casualties of Modernity – Canada, Experimental, 2015, 14 minutes
By popular demand, celebrity artist Miss Chief Eagle Testickle returns to Native FilmFest!In two works, performing artist Kent Monkman overturns layers of outsiders’ fascination with Native people. A sexy video of club music celebrates her on-screen romance with the leading man, Winnetou, a fictitious “Indian” from Karl May’s German Westerns. Casualties of Modernity is a high-camp gem in which Miss Chief Eagle Testickle tours a hospital specializing in the treatment of conditions afflicting modern and contemporary art.
Director: Kent Monkman (Cree)
Good Night Irene – United States, Short Drama, 2004, 14 minutes
This stunning and poignant short film juxtaposes three generations as they deal with the complexities of life and the assimilation of their traditional culture.
Director: Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee Creek and Seminole)
Jáaji Approx. – United States, Experimental, 2015, 8 minutes
Jáaji Approx. focuses on themes of memory, familial relations, and the subtle meanings in Indigenous language. The director pairs audio recordings of his father with footage of landscapes separately traversed by father and son.
Director: Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk) In Attendance
Stoerre Vaerie (Northern Great Mountain) – Sámi Sweden, Short Drama, 2015, 15 minutes, in Swedish and Sami with English subtitles
Seventy-eight-year-old Elle does not like Sámi people, claiming she is completely Swedish. But when she returns reluctantly for her sister’s funeral, she comes to terms with her shame and reaches for the identity buried in her memory.
Director: Amanda Kernell (Sámi)
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