AWAKE: A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK

March, TBA

 

AWAKE overhead shot
The Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806 over Cantapeda Creek. Water Protectors during a peaceful prayer ceremony in front of the police brigade. Image from the film AWAKE, A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK

Come join us for a special screening of AWAKE: A Dream from Standing RE. Suzi at Turtle Islandock at Augsburg University followed by a conversation with director, digital storyteller, journalist and media activist Myron Dewey.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a controversial project that brings fracked crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and eventually to Illinois. The Standing Rock Tribe and people all over the world oppose the project because the pipeline runs under the Missouri river, a source of drinking water for over 18 million people, and pipeline leaks are commonplace. Since 2010 over 3,300 oil spills and leaks have been reported.

Moving from summer 2016, when demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline’s demolishing of sacred Native burial grounds began, to the current and disheartening pipeline status, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock is a powerful visual poem in three parts that uncovers complex hidden truths with simplicity. The film is a collaboration between indigenous filmmakers: Director Myron Dewey and Executive Producer Doug Good Feather; and environmental Oscar-nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione.

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. The film documents the story of Native-led defiance that has forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. It asks: “Are you ready to join the fight?” (Bullfrog Films)

Guest Director: Myron Dewey

Myron Dewey drone footage made him one of the most important journalistic voices to come out of the Standing Rock movement. Founder and owner of Digital Smoke Signals, Dewey is Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band (Trout Eaters) and Temoke Shoshone. He is a professor, filmmaker/editor, digital storyteller, historical trauma trainer, drone operator and journalist. Digital Smoke Signal’s goal is to help bridge the digital divide throughout Indian Country and indigenize media through indigenous eyes with cultural core values (Culture, Reciprocity, Respect and Family).

Location and Time

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion will follow
This event is free to the public

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg University, American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Bull Frog Films, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

November 14, 2018

Ohiyesa Film Image“Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian” is “a deeply personal family film that follows Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family as they trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer and one of the first Native American doctors.  Along the way, Beane uncovers uncanny parallels between their lives, through they were born more than 100 years apart” (Vision Maker Media).

Please join Kate Beane and executive producer Syd Beane for an evening of conversation about this remarkable film and their family heritage.

 

About Our Hosts

Photo of Syd BeaneSyd Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux) is an educator, community organizer, and documentary filmmaker.  His great-grandfather was Rev. John Eastman, the older brother and mentor of Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa).  Syd served as Project Manager of The Dakota Land Study in Minnesota Before 1862 Research/Book Project, which was completed with the publishing of the book “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota.”  This book was awarded Minnesota History Book of the year for 2012.   He was writer and co-producer of the documentary film “Native Nations: Standing Together for Civil Rights” shown nationally on ABC, NBC, and the Hallmark Channel.  He is Executive Producer/Producer of “Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian.”

Image of Kate BeaneKate Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux and Muskogee Creek) holds a BA in American Indian Studies and a PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  With an employment history rooted in education, she has worked in the Twin Cities as an after school mentor for American Indian youth, an early childhood Dakota language immersion teacher, a local public history consultant, and as a community college instructor.  Previously she served as a Charles A. Eastman Pre-doctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College, and as a President’s Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Currently, she is the Dakota Program and Outreach Manager for Native American Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Location and Time

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with participants follows
This event is free to the public

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg University, American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Vision Maker Media, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

 

 

The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love

 

October 8, 2018

Map of Turtle IslandThe Augsburg Native American Film Series invites you to join us for the international opening of The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love. Our evening event will include a virtual introduction from the filmmaker (Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore), a global broadcast through Free Speech TV to supporters like the Augsburg Native American Film Series, and stories from students, alumni and community members who participated in the fight against DAPL.  We look forward to hearing your memories of Standing Rock as part of our conversation after the film.  Bring your cell phone to participate in live streaming conversation with the filmmaker and other groups participating in this global experience.  

 

The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016. The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.

From 2016 – 2017 Standing Rock water protection camps located at the heart of Turtle Island became the largest assembly of Indigenous peoples in recent history. Gathered nations confronted big energy’s extreme extraction through the strength of their ceremonies, histories, and connections. Despite being met with violence, many who brought their best intentions to this historic fight continue to expand their love and sovereignty – while they shift our world away from the trauma and isolation of modern days.

Directed by Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore, Produced by Rebecca Kemble.  The film also features: Seneca Nation’s Onödowá’ga:’ Protectors and singers (Darelyn Spruce, Nicky Thompson, Robin Jones, Jason Corwin, Kyle Spruce, Lor Seneca); pediatrician Dr. Sara Juanita Jumping Eagle (Dakota/Lakota-Standing Rock); Canupa (Pipe) carrier Grandmother Theresa Black Owl (Singugu/Rosebud); oil pipeline activist, economist and author Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe); independent journalist Jenni Monet (Laguna Pueblo); Wisconsin alderperson Rebecca Kemble; traditional dancers Helga and Jose Garza (Azteca); investigative journalist Will Parrish; water protector/builder Brennon “Bravo1” Nastacio (San Felipe Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo); traditional dancer Adriana Betti and the Cuautli Mitotiani Mexica Group; and lawyer and activist Germaine Tremell (Dakota/Lakota–Standing Rock).

Organizations and communities that are participating in this global event include: Eastern Montana University, Northwestern University Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Augsburg University Native American Film Series, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Michigan, Conrad Grebel University College/University of Waterloo, Simon Frasier University, Six Nations Territory, Western Kentucky University, Adriana Betti and the Cuautli Mitotiani Mexica Group in Berkley, Hamilton/Wentworth School District of Ontario, Echo Valley Farm of Wisconsin, Showing Up for Social Justice (Rochester, NY), Northland College, Seattle community, University of the Arctic, Apotheosis Farm (MD), and University of Vermont.

 

About the Director & Producer

Director with Water ProtectorsDirector Kahsto’sera’a Paulette Moore is an independent filmmaker, artist and affiliated professor of Indigenous Media and Philosophy at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Moore is Kanien’keháka (Mohawk) and an enrolled member of Six Nations of the Grand River territory, where she lives.

Moore spent two decades based in Washington DC working as a director, producer and writer with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC and other media outlets. In 2009, Moore began work as an associate professor of media arts and peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. There, she collaborated with students to create “To Wisconsin with Love,” a film about Ojibwe resistance and envisioning in response to what would have been the world’s largest open-pit Taconite mine. In 2016, Moore collaborated with Northland College students to create “From Wisconsin with Love,” which focuses on the spiritual, economic, and legal aspects of the act of harvest from the perspective of Ojibwe prophecy and practice. Between 2016/17 Moore made six trips to Standing Rock protection action sites to cover the largest gathering of Indigenous people in recent history.
Moore is a novice Kanien’keha (Mohawk) language speaker and a PhD candidate in Continental and Haudenosaunee Philosophy with European Graduate School based in Saas Fee, Switzerland.

 

Producer Rebecca Kemble, alderperson for Madison Wisconsin District 18, is a founding member, writer and editor for the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative and is a contributor to The Progressive magazine. She is a recent President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the President of CICOPA North. America, Vice-President of CICOPA Americas and serves on the Executive Committee of CICOPA worldwide. Rebecca is a worker-owner of Union Cab Cooperative where she has worked since 2000 as a night shift taxi driver as well as a mediator. Rebecca is featured in the film.

Location and Time

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:25
Screening begins at 6:30 with Zoom conversation with filmmaker and participating screening organizations, followed by the film at 7:00.
Discussion with Standing Rock participants follows at about 8:00
This event is free to the public.

 

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.  PLEASE NOTE this is also Augsburg University’s homecoming week so parking will be limited.  Plan ahead and if you are able, consider using parking garages at Fairview (across Riverside) or on the city streets.   We are sorry for this inconvenience.

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg University, American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, NACDI, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

NATIVE AMERICAN CONVERSATIONS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, JUSTICE, AND REDEMPTION

March 28, 2018

Join our hosts, Shirley Sneve (Vision Maker Media) and John Gwinn, Binesi Means, and Tiana LaPointe (MIGIZI Communications) for a night of films focused on Native Americans’ experiences with and perspectives on law enforcement, racism, and healing.

 

Vision Maker Media Productions:

Photo of peopleA Conversation with Native Americans on Law Enforcement (Charles Kennedye and Georgiana Lee, 2017)

“A Conversation with Native Americans on Law Enforcement” is a short documentary film with a collage of interviews from Native sons, mothers, fathers, educators, and leaders expressing their thoughts on “the talk”—or lack thereof—in Indian Country from their own experience. The film provides insight from personal experience, giving an overall perspective and impressions from Native Americans interacting with law enforcement today.

The interviews offer the Native American perspective and individual impressions from Native American interactions with law enforcement today.
  • Chandra Walker (Omaha Nation) is a Community Health Educator at the Office of Health Disparities & Health Equity in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Jared Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) lived much of his childhood running into the law. More recently, he has discovered a faith led journey of sobriety that has helped him turn his interest to giving back to other men who are looking for a sober lifestyle.
  • Larry Voegele (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) is CEO for Health Services Division at Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.
  • Joseph B. Rousseau (Cheyenne River Sioux) is an Administrator within Lincoln Public Schools for the Expelled Student Program and also serves on the Lincoln Public Schools Indian Parent Advisory Committee.

Leo Yankton – A Redemption Story (Edmund Frazer Myer, 2017)

In this short film, Leo Yankton (Oglala Sioux) tells how he changed his life around from having a troubled past and growing up on the Pine Ridge reservation to being an international speaker. Leo contributed in efforts to protect the water on the Standing Rock reservation, and continues to find ways to have a positive impact within Native Country and the rest of the world.

 

Migizi Communications’ First Person Productions (2016):

Failure of Justice (Caitlynn Anoka)Image from Failure of Justice

A look at the current state of police/community relations, especially as it relates to American Indians and other people of color, and how candidate for president Hillary Clinton plans to address these issues if elected.
 

 

 

 

TaPhoto of Protest at Governer's Houseking Action (Brian Bohanan, Tyereh House and Lorenzo Castaway, 2016)

This video looks at several police killings of civilians during 2016, including Philando Castile in St. Paul and Loreal Tsingine in Winslow, AZ. The filmmakers ask people how these tragic incidences can be stopped through a change in legislation and policy.

 

About Our Hosts:

Photo of Shirley SneveShirley Sneve (Sincangu Lakota) is the Executive Director of Vision Maker Media, whose mission is to empower and engage Native People to tell stories.

An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, she has been in Nebraska for 10 years. She has served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Shirley was assistant director for the South Dakota Arts Council, and she was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show, the Oyate Trail cultural tourism byway, and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates. She started her career as a producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She serves on the boards of The Association of American Cultures, the Friends of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the South East Nebraska Native American Coalition, and the Arts Extension Institute. She chairs the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy. Shirley is also a consultant with Creative Community Builders.

 

 

Photo of John Gwinn John Gwinn is Project Coordinator/Media Specialist at MIGIZI Communications.

Binesi Means and Tiana LaPointe are Native filmmakers that work with the First Person Production program at Migizi Communiciations.

First Person Productions is a program of Migizi Communications that consists of multi media production  (film, video, radio) and a New Media Pathway Program to train Native American youth to produce and distribute content via conventional and virtual media. First Person Productions (FPP) provides multi-media production training to approximately 50 Minneapolis Native youth each year.

 

 

Location and Time

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.

 

Thank you to our sponsors: Vision Maker Media, MIGIZI Communications, Augsburg University, American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg University, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

CELEBRATING NATIVE VOICES: SHORT FICTION AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS BY NATIVE AMERICAN FILMMAKERS

 

April 11

Join us for a night of short films that include fantasy-drama, hybrid poetry, narrative and documentary.  Our screening will include conversations with the filmmakers about their work.

 

posterimage from filmMissing Indigenous (LaRonn Katchia, director; Isaac Trimble, producer, 2017)
Set in a rural reservation town, Missing Indigenous begins as two detectives, played by Solomon Trimble (Sam Uley of Twilight), and Isaac Trimble (Producer) investigate the homicide of a young woman marked with a killer’s deadly signature. With the assistance of entomologist Brett Rivers, played by actor David Velarde, the detectives soon realize Brett may have a lead on this murderer’s lethal trademark. Taking them on a mysterious journey through the dense forests of the reservation, the detectives are soon on the trail of an elusive, faceless killer. What unfolds is a heart wrenching story of a silent epidemic, the disappearance of Native American and Indigenous women. The film won “Best Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the Portalnd 48 Hour Film Festival.  According to the team, “To us it is bigger than film. We are a part of a movement of awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women” ~ Isaac Trimble, Team RedFawn

 

 

This is Who I Am photo

This is Who I Am (Manuel Ibanez (Quechua, Director), Kalvin Hartwig (Anishinaabe, Producer), Janene Yazzie (Dine, Co-Writer), Andrea Landry (Anishinaabe, Co-Writer), Marie-Celine Einish (Naskapi, Protagonist) and Yanis Ait Mohamed (Kabyle, Director of Photography), 2017).

“This is Who I Am” is the story of a young Ojibwe woman seeking to reconnect to her language and culture in the big city. The   creative team of filmmakers’ hope is that the film will inspire more Indigenous youth to be proud of their heritage and to take responsibility for their languages, cultures, land and rights. The world is a better place with rich linguistic and cultural diversity and a strengthened identity can help Indigenous youth overcome barriers.

 

My Once Life (Pamela J. Peters, 2016)
“My Once Life” is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples.  Native people resist their violent history and contemporary political Image of My Once Lifestruggles through engaging with deep historical knowledge and creating new oral histories.  I asked my native female friends to read my poem for a few reasons; one is that I want to show the diversity of tribal nations living in Los Angeles, and secondly,  to show the passion and collective connection we have as Indigenous women to our tribal history.

The poem is read by 12 Native women living in Los Angeles whose strong voices embody empowerment : Nanabah Hill, (Navajo-Oneida), Diana Terrazas, (Paiute), JaNae Collins, (Dakota-Crow), Xelt’tia Temryss Lane, (Lummi Nation), Viki Eagle, Sicanqu (Lakota-Sioux), Cheyenne Phoenix, (Northern Paiute-Navajo), Stephanie Mushrush, (Washoe Tribe), Hakekta Winyan Jealous Of Him (Lakota), Chrissie Castro, (Navajo), Neyom Friday, (Cheyenne-Arapaho and Mskoke Creek), Vivian Garcia, (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and Deja Jones, (Eastern Shoshone).

 

Metal Road (Sarah del Seronde, 2016)Steel workers

For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads maintaining the trans-continental network. Like the highly skilled Mohawk ironworkers, this connection of aboriginal people leaving their homeland to work conveys a dedication to their livelihood. Metal Road enters the world of Navajo families amid history of railroad work by the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang. Replacing rails on more than 64,000 miles of track, the unknown journey of the Navajo trackmen in the United States reveals an invisible group of workers striving to earn retirement benefits and inspires us to rethink the American work ethic.

About our Filmmakers:

LaRonn Katchia  is a Director/Cinematographer/ and tribal member of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.  He is currently pursuing a passionate film making career in Portland, OR. LaRonn grew up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and transitioned to the city of Portland for film school. His love and passion for film resides from the influence of the commonly mistreated portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood films today.  His mission “is to change the Native stereotypes of film and get it right this time. The Native American perspective is what’s missing in Hollywood today and needs to be brought to light. There are too many untouched original stories waiting to be filmed, and that are being filmed by a Native American director”.

Isaac Trimble  (Apache / Yaqui) is a well-known and respected Native American Flute Artist and Film Producer in the Northwest. His love for the performing arts started in 1988, when he first joined a group called Raven Wind Players formed by playwright Maury Evans. Isaac’s passion for theater and film comes from wanting to make sure Native Americans are accurately portrayed.  About his productions he says  “We want to make film that accurately represents Native people and garners the respect of the film industry” – Isaac Trimble

Marie-Celine Einish, hails from the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach and grew up in the Cree community of Chisasibi, a part of Quebec that can only be reached by train or airplane.  She is a champion hoop dancer and studied psychology at Concordia University.  Marie-Celine lives in Montreal and serves as an Associate at National Public Relations – Cabinet de relations publiques National, working in community development and communications for First Nations governments.

Janene Yazzie (Dine), studied International Politics at Columbia University and is a Human Rights and Indigenous Rights advocate that has made a career out of her advocacy through social entrepreneurship. The co-founder and CEO of Sixth World Solutions, she works to advance economic, environmental and social justice through development of community policy, projects and programs that promote long-term sustainability. Her work is centered on empowerment and founded in Indigenous concepts of seventh-generation planning.

Andrea Landry is Anishinaabe and holds a Master in Communications and Social Justice from the University of Windsor.  She is the Governance Development Officer of Pays Platt First Nation and teaches indigenous studies and political science at the University of Saskatchewan.  Andrea is a former youth executive for the National Association of Friendship Centres and North American Representative for the United Nations Global Indigenous Youth Caucus. She does community work in the areas of grief and recovery, suicide prevention, sexual abuse and family systems.

Manuel Ibanez, is Quechua and an award-winning filmmaker. He is a founding member of Habitat Pro Association and the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus to the UN, and is a producer of its documentary, “An Introduction to the UNPFII.” Manuel is a certified cinema director from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University and the Hollywood Film Institute. He has volunteered and worked for UNTV and holds several television credits as a director, cameraman and producer in diverse media networks in the US. He has produced the feature film “Tales From A Ghetto Klown” along side Oscar winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens. He’s currently in pre-production for an Indigenous TV series pilot for the National Peruvian Television Channel.

Kalvin Hartwig, is Bear Clan Anishinaabe from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  He holds an MA in International Relations from Yale University, where he focused in indigenous rights and indigeneity.  Kalvin also holds a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.  Kalvin was recently the On-Site Country Director for the Peace Exchange, a fair trade organization working in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is currently working for his Tribal government conducting research for developing a full-immersion language program in Anishinaabemowin for youth living in his community, and on a full-feature film about native identity.

Sarah del Seronde is an instructor in the Cinema/Communications Department at Dawson College and producer for Aboriginal Lens LTD. She is from the Bennett Freeze area of the Navajo Reservation, an undeveloped area of land still in ownership dispute with the Hopi Tribe. She obtained a MA degree in American Indian Studies from University of Arizona. Making the River, a biographical tale of an American Indian charged with the murder of a prison guard, took her inside the Washington State Penitentiary. Sarah Del also directed a film about Navajo Railroaders titled Metal Road.

Pamela J. Peters (Diné Nation) is an Indigenous multimedia documentarian born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She has a BA in American Indian Studies and Film Television from UCLA.  Her work presents personal stories of contemporary urban Indians in photography and film.  She pushes viewers to critically analyze the psychological and historical structures of Native Americans in mass media.   Her multimedia work reflects the perseverance of American Indian cultural identities today. She produces living portraits of American Indians reflected through an indigenous aesthetic lens. Pamela works as a culture consultant and native talent referral for many networks such as: FX, Comedy Central, HBO and MTV. She has also professionally produced five award winning films for the Southern California Indian Center’s InterTribal Entertainment multimedia program, co-created film workshops for Native youth, produced PSA’s for Fox Studio’s American Indian Summer Institute program, and co-hosted “Bringing the Circle Together,” a monthly showcase of Indigenous documentaries at the Japanese American National Museum National Center for Preservation of Democracy Tateuchi Forum in Los Angeles.

 

Location and Time:

University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
(located on Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave)
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
St. Thomas Campus Map
3:30-5:30

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg University
American Indian Studies Department
American Culture and Difference Program, University of St. Thomas
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota

 

INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./]

November 8, 2017

INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place/it flies. falls./]

 

 

INAATE/SE Photo

Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s debut film re-imagines an Anishinaabe story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ explores how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community on the Michigan/Canadian border. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

Adam will be hosting the screening of this film and the discussion that follows.  Come and meet Adam!

 

 

INAATESE Photo Press:

“The tattered history of the Ojibway people of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is redeemed through the punk-rock humor of a pair of young native filmmakers in “INAATE/SE/.” -The Wall Street Journal

“An artful and brilliant collage, expressing hope, pain, despair, and the trickster humor that is so evocative of its people.” BOMB Magazine

“Stylistically audacious” The Hollywood Reporter

“Formally adventurous but never esoteric, INAATE/SE is an inimitable model for what radical documentary in the 21st century might be”– Screen Slate

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

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Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.

Photo of ZackZack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. Zack’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, UnionDocs, e-flux, and Maysles Cinema. He recently completed a B.A. at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department, and is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.

Location and Time

Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg University, American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Services, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg University, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Red Power Energy

March 8, 2017

Red Power EnergyFour Corner Generating Power Station, New Mexico. Photo by Lisa D. Olken

Red Power Energy is a documentary film that combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Told solely from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, the film features Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. First-person stories illustrate the complex realities of American Indian reservations grappling with how to balance their natural resources with their traditional beliefs. From the historic United Nations Climate Conference to the proliferation of non-Western countries industrializing their economies through fossil fuel production, Red Power Energy offers a rare glimpse into Indian Country while further advancing a deeper understanding of the energy debate. (Official Program Description from Red Power Energy Publicity)

Larry Pourier (Oglala Lakota), one of the director’s of this film, will host the film screening and answer questions after the screening.

 

About our Host

Larry Pourier  LARRY POURIER, Oglala Lakota   Director  (Here is a link to the images he sent from Standing Rock)
Larry T. Pourier has worked in the film, music, and theater industry for over 25 years. His film credits include: Imprint, Skins, Good Meat, Spiral of Fire, and Stone Child. We Shall Remain (PBS), New World (Feature), Dreamkeeper (ABC), Skinwalkers (PBS), Lewis & Clark (IMAX), The Witness (IMAX), Crazy Horse (TNT), Lakota Woman (TNT), Buffalo Soldiers (TNT), Tecumseh (TNT), and Doe Boy (Indie). His latest achievement was to help develop and produce an ongoing Native American public history program for historical Colonial Williamsburg, the first in their history. When not working on a film project he lives in Thunder Valley, on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Augsburg’s Marginalized Voices in Film and Media, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

 

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.  For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Augsburg Native American Film Series or this project, please send your checks to:

Augsburg Native American Film Series
Augsburg College, CB 115
2011 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

The Seventh Fire

 

March 16, 2017  The Seventh Fire

4still_robbasketball_theseventhfireFrom executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre comes a fascinating new documentary by Jack Pettibone Riccobono, The Seventh Fire.

Rob’s 37-year story spans 39 foster homes, five trips to prison, and a near lifelong affiliation with the Native Gangster Disciples, a criminal gang that he has helped bring to Pine Point—also known as “P-Town”—a small Native village in northern Minnesota on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Rob is more than a gangster with a long rap sheet; he is also a loving father to his daughter Persephone, and a wickedly smart and sensitive writer who aspires to literary greatness. Late in the film, the solitude and sobriety of prison life lead to Rob’s cultural awakening: he becomes the leader of the prison’s Native Culture Group and begins writing a novel about his childhood, bringing a lyrical perspective to his painful and complicated story.

On the cusp of his eighteenth birthday, Kevin finds himself at a different sort of crossroads; he has the opportunity to reconnect with traditional Ojibwe ways, but continues to be pulled towards the criminal lifestyle of his mentor. Early one morning, Kevin’s father describes to his son the significance of their clan: “Wolf clan means that’s the animal we represent. Power. Intelligence. Endurance. A wolf can be passionate and it can be very destructive.” At one point in the film we see Rob riding a motorcycle on the open road, a warrior choker necklace strapped proudly around his throat, knocking against the gang tattoo on his chest. At another moment we find Kevin trying to honor both his tribe and his gang affiliation by getting a wolf clan tattoo of his own.

Together the lives of Rob and Kevin present a devastating counter-myth to textbook notions of the American dream, and they force us to confront the modern-day ramifications of what are still the most overlooked aspects of American history.

To see the trailer visit: http://www.filmmovement.com/nontheatrical/index.asp?MerchandiseID=478

 

 About Jack Pettibone Riccobonodirector2_jack_pettibone_riccobono_web_theseventhfire1

Jack Pettibone Riccobono (Director, Producer, Writer, DP) has produced and directed a wide range of work across the five boroughs of his native New York City and around the world, from Moscow to Shanghai to Freetown. His narrative short KILLER premiered at New Directors / New Films and won Best Short at the Nantucket Film Festival. His short documentary THE SACRED FOOD, shot on the same reservation as THE SEVENTH FIRE, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.  Jack received a Discovery Award from the Hollywood Film Festival for his directing work.

A graduate of Harvard’s VES Film Production Program and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, his films have been screened at festivals around the world and at venues including Documenta Madrid, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the American Indian, the American University in Rome, and at The White House as part of a special event addressing the most pressing criminal justice issues facing Indian Country residents today. In 2008, Jack launched the production company All Rites Reserved, dedicated to producing films with global reach that push visual and conceptual boundaries. In 2014, Jack joined the directing roster of The Amoveo Company. (The Seventh Fire press kit).

The genesis of THE SEVENTH FIRE, according to Jack Pettibone Riccobono
500 years before the coming of the white man to America, the Ojibwe Tribe, or Anishinaabe as they call themselves, received a prophecy that foretold a period of darkness and cultural destruction. It also spoke of a time when the youngest generation of Ojibwe would have a choice to return to traditional ways and lead a rebirth of their nation. Many Ojibwe believe that the moment of choice has arrived -the time of the Seventh Fire. This prophecy is where the film takes its name. In America and much of the world, there is a romanticized vision of the American Indian, and a total blind spot about the history of Native Americans and the injustices this community continues to suffer to this day. It is rare to see any contemporary images of Native life in the mainstream media or to see past the harsh statistics that tell only part of the story. My goal in making this film was to craft an immersive, character-driven work of cinema that would reveal the stories of Rob and Kevin with intimacy, empathy, and urgency, and place their personal journeys in the larger context of an unjust history that America has yet to reckon with.  (http://www.filmmovement.com/downloads/press/The%20Seventh%20Fire%20Press%20Kit(1).pdf)

Location and Time

The University of St. Thomas
John Roach Center auditorium (JRC 126), which is located on the corner of Summit and Cleveland Avenues.
Building 2 on St. Thomas Campus Map
Screening: 1:30-3:10
This event is free to the public

Thank you to our sponsors: Augsburg College, American Indian Studies Department, American Culture and Difference Program at the University of St. Thomas, Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Augsburg’s Marginalized Voices in Film and Media, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota.

 

Jingle Dress (William Eigen, 2014)

September 21, 2016

Jingle Dress (William Eigen, 2014)

The Augsburg Native American Film Series is happy to co-sponsor with Augsburg’s Student groups –AISA (Augsburg Indigenous Student Association) and Marginalized Voices in Film and Media–this free film screening on campus.   This feature length film is set and filmed in Minnesota and William Eigen will be there to talk with you about the film!

Desert Storm veteran John Red Elk gets word from his relatives that his long lost Uncle Norton is dead and vows to go down to the big city to find out what really happened to him. At its heart ‘The Jingle Dress’ is an immigrant story of an Ojibwe family that moves from the rural setting of a  Reservation in northern Minnesota down to the heart of the urban ‘hood’ of Minneapolis. We follow the Red Elk family as they discover this new culture and through their experiences and unvarnished perspective we are able to view our own culture with fresh eyes, as well as gain insight into their ancient, indigenous society.
-Bill Eigen

 

Location and Time

Augsburg College
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Conversation with Filmmaker and Reception 3:45
Screening begins at 4:00

This event is free to the public

For parking directions visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/about/map/. You will be parking in Lot L off of 35th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit.

For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at marubbio@augsburg.edu. Permits are limited in number.