NATIVE FILMFEST – presented by Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Tuesday, February 26th to Sunday, March 3rd
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Now celebrating its 12th season, Native FilmFest – a signature cultural program of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum – is one of the most highly regarded events of its kind. The festival presents the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples from around the world. Screenings will be followed by informative Q&A sessions with filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance.

ACCM_NFF_iconElizabeth Weatherford, Founder and Director of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, returns as our Guest Programmer. Her participation in the festival is made possible through our Museum’s partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. The lineup of films selected for this year features engaging, entertaining, and enlightening feature films and documentaries paired with short films that have been described as “cinema-graphic gems.”

On Tuesday night, February 26 at Camelot Theatres, Michelle H. Raheja, an Associate Professor in the English Department at University of California, Riverside, will set the stage for Native FilmFest with a free lecture about Native American/Indigenous film. She has recently returned from Norway where she was a Fulbright Scholar studying Sami films. Her most recent book is Reservation Reelism: Redfacing, Visual Sovereignty, and Representations of Native Americans in Film.

Special guest filmmaker and educator Chris Eyre, who is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, will be a festival participant. People magazine named him “the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time.” His debut film Smoke Signals was based on a series of short stories by Native American writer Sherman Alexie. It debuted in 1998 at Sundance Film Festival winning the Filmmakers Award Dramatic and Audience Award Dramatic.

Since that debut, Chris Eyre has made a number of other distinctive films such as Skinwalkers and the signature film for the National Museum of American Indian, A Thousand Roads. His newest film release is Hide Away, starring Josh Lucas, Ayelet Zuver, and James Cromwell. Currently, he is Chair of the Moving Image Arts Department of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Mr. Eyre’s Hide Away will be screened at the festival, and he will be an integral part of the Q&A that follows the screening. Also, he will conduct film lecture workshops for students interested in film – drawing primarily from media classes at area schools. Complimentary All Access Passes to Native FilmFest will be made available to participating students.

Every year, the late Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Richard M. Milanovich, attended Native FilmFest. He was a true lover of films of all genres. It is most fitting that we honor him with the good wishes of his family by establishing the Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film. Although not an annual award, the Museum will present the first Award to Native filmmaker Chris Eyre at the 2013 festival.

Tented receptions will be held daily between the afternoon and evening screenings, where filmgoers may purchase tasty meals and beverages at minimum cost at Camelot Internationale Café, as well as visit with other filmgoers and the filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance.

Ticket Info: $10 for Adults and $7 for Senior Adults (60+), Youth (16 and under), Students, and Active Military Personnel. All Access Passes are $70 and provide entry to all screenings.

For more information, call Agua Caliente Cultural Museum at 760-778-1079