Thursday, November 20, 2008

Native American Film Festival In R.I. On Nov 24-26

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The First People's Native American Film Festival will be held on November 24 through November 26 at the Edward King House in Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets are $9.00

Honoring Our Own Power, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with a Native American-owned film company called RichHeape Films to screen Native-made feature films.

According to the agency's literature, "Honoring Our Own Power has partnered seperately with WGBH/PBS' ReelNatives project to provide premier screenings of Native short films. Honoring Our Own Power has expanded collaborations to include the New England premier of "When Your Hands Are Tied" the film that includes former Governor of Nambe Pueblo (of Tewa Indians) Tom Talache, produced by Boccella Productions & The Harber Charitable Trust."

The film festival's program is listed below. To reserve seats, call 401-835-4806. The historic Edward King House is located at 35 King Street in Newport, R.I.

Monday, November 24th @ 6pm

Opening: Paulla Dove Jennings, Narragansett

ReelNative Short Films:
PEANTAM "Prayers" by Linda Morceau, Chief Woman Sachem of the Chappiquiddic Tribe (MA)
"Exile" by Robert Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag (MA)
Untitled, by Courtney Leonard, Shinnecock (NY) - currently being screened nationally at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

Feature Film:
"Trail of Tears" by Rich Heape Films

Closing Short Film:
"Indigenous Invisibility" by Wanda Jean Lord, Cherokee/Choctaw


Tuesday, November 25th @ 6pm

Opening: Gary Goodman, Dine/Navajo

ReelNative Short Films:
"Survivor" by Bruce Curliss, Nipmuc (MA)
"Hope Bigger than 16 Seconds" by Keely Curliss, Nipmuc (MA)
"Caleb's Legacy" by Raquel Chapa, Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cheroke­e

Feature Film:
"Our Spirits Don't Speak English" by Rich Heape Films

Closing Short Film:
"Indigenous Invisibility" by Wanda Jean Lord, Cherokee/Choctaw


Wednesday, November 26th @ 6pm

Opening: Gary Goodman, Dine/Navajo

1st Feature Film:
"Tales of Wonder" by Rich Heape Films

2nd Feature Film:
"When Your Hands Are Tied" by Boccella Productions & The Harber Charitable Foundation

Closing Short Film:
"Indigenous Invisibility" by Wanda Jean Lord, Cherokee/Choctaw

and special screening if available:
"Casino Indian" by Rebecca Levy, Pequot/Narragansett (CT)


Native Art, Jewelry, Music & Film Vendors:
Deborah Moorehead, Wampanoag - Art
Honoring Our Own Power - Films
Four Native Vendors spaces available at no fee (for more info call 401 835 4806)