BELLEVUE, WASH. – Bellevue Community College’s second annual American Indian Film Festival May 5-7 will feature presentations by a director, producer and actor of the highlighted films, and a performance by the world-renowned American Indian Dance Theater.
The three-day festival is free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested.
A showing of “Dances for the New Generation,” a 1994 Emmy-nominee documentary about the American Indian Dance Theater, leads off the film presentations and will be discussed by its director, Phil Lucas, who is also a BCC instructor. The performance by the American Indian Dance Theater will follow.
Other films to be presented are “Lakota Woman,” “Thunderheart,” “Incident at Oglala,” “Paha Sapa: the Struggle for the Black Hills,” and “Pow-Wow Highway.”
Award winning actor Gary Farmer, star of “Pow-Wow Highway,” will appear to discuss that film following its presentation on Thursday. Farmer has appeared in more than a dozen feature films including “Dead Man” with Johnny Depp, “Smoke Signals,” and “Skins.”
A talk by “Lakota Woman” Producer Hanay Geiogamah will follow the showing of that documentary on Friday. Geiogamah, director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, is an internationally known playwright, film director and historian.
The festival also will feature presentations by Charlotte Black Elk, the great granddaughter of Nicholas Black Elk, who gained renown through John Neihardt’s book, Black Elk Speaks; and by author Ian Frazier discussing his book, On the Rez, an account of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
An art exhibit in the college’s Library Media Center Gallery Space complements the film festival with a presentation of work by Native American artists Gail Tremblay and John Feodorov.
All events take place on the BCC main campus, at 3000 Landerholm Circle, S.E., Bellevue (off 148th Ave. S.E.).
Details are available on the web at http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/diversitycaucus/AIFF/AIFF.htm.
The full schedule of events follows:
Wednesday, May 5
|Author Ian Frazier discusses his book, On the Rez (Library Media Center)|
|12:00 pm||Film: ”Dances for the New Generation,” with discussion by Producer Phil Lucas (Carlson Theater)|
|1:00 pm||Dance performance: American Indian Dance Theater (Carlson Theater)|
Thursday, May 6
|10:00 am||Talk: Charlotte Black Elk (Room N201)|
|12:30 pm||Film: “Paha Sapa” (Room N201)|
|2:30 pm||Film: “Pow Wow Highway,” with discussion by Actor Gary Farmer (Room C120)|
|7:00 pm||Films: “Incident at Oglala” and “Thunderheart” (N201)|
Friday, May 7
|12:00 pm||Film: “Lakota Woman,” with talk by Producer Hanay Geiogamah (Carlson Theater)|