As a signature program of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, the Native Film Fest returns to Palm Springs today for its 13th season and runs through Saturday, March 8th. The festival presents the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples from around the world. Screenings are followed by informative Q&A sessions with filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance. All screenings are at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.
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 Film Fest. 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.
Don’t miss this much-awaited version of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope translated into the Navajo language with English subtitles. The film will be shown on Saturday, March 8 at the 8:00 p.m. Native Film Fest screening at Camelot Theatres. This is a free screening. No tickets required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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