Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema
dir. Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho), US/Canada, 1998, 35mm, 89 min.
Director Chris Eyre’s monumental first feature—also the first commercially released American feature written, directed and co-produced by Native American people— presents two young Native men, stoic Victor and nerdy Thomas, who journey from the Couer-d’Alene reservation to retrieve the ashes of Victor’s long-lost father. The road trip deepens the pair’s tenuous friendship, as they explore their Native identity and confront past traumas with courage and humor. An Opening Night reception for IHP members and all ticket holders will follow the screening.
dir. Marie Burke (Cree/Dene), Canada, 2009, video, 4 min.
Presented in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Series curators: Jan-Christopher Horak, Dawn Jackson (Saginaw Chippewa), Shannon Kelley, Paul Malcolm, and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Cherokee). Associate curator: Nina Rao.
Special thanks to the Penn Museum, which invites you to a free 50th anniversary screening of Navajo Film Themselves. This experimental set of films made in 1966 in a small town in the Navajo Nation has provoked years of debate among scholars, filmmakers and Navajo people. Penn Museum’s archives has managed a restoration and digital repatriation project in the last 8 years, offering the films back to the community in which they were made. A sample of the restored films will be shown, as well as the premier of a film by Richard Chalfen, created in 1966, which gives an overview of the project and views of the town and people. The screening is on Saturday, June 11 at 5pm at the Penn Museum. More details at www.penn.museum