OMAHA – Returning for 2014, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the Second Annual Native American Film Festival, which will run Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9 and showcase 10 feature films, documentaries and animations from Native American directors, writers and actors.
The Native American Film Festival, which is open to the public and free to attend, is cosponsored by the UNO Native American Studies program, UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council, UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Multicultural Students and Vision Maker Media.
This year’s event features special guest appearances and workshops for local filmmakers and actors. All events except the opening reception will take place in Roskens Hall on the UNO campus.
UNO professor Ed Zendejas, director of UNO’s Native American Studies program, explained that the festival is a way to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
“We see the festival as a way to give back to the community and provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about Native cultures,” he said.
The festival opens on Friday, Nov. 7, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., with a premiere screening of “Across the Creek,” by Lakota filmmaker Jonny Cournoyer, who will be in attendance for the screening. Cournoyer will also be on the UNO campus Saturday, Nov. 8, for a filmmaking workshop.
Cayuga Actor Gary Farmer will be in attendance at the festival over the weekend for a retrospective of his work, including five films screened on the UNO campus:
- “The Gift” (1998)
- “Smoke Signals” (1998)
- “Dead Man” (1996)
- “One Dead Indian” (2005)
- “Powwow Highway” (1988)
On the evening of Nov. 8, Farmer will be joined by Cheyenne Arapaho director Chris Eyre and actress Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Inuit/Metis) for a panel discussion following the screening of “Smoke Signal.”
“Gary’s cinematic career is legendary,” explained Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Vision Maker Media. “We are honored to bring him to Omaha to celebrate this body of work.”
A full schedule of events can be found at http://www.visionmakermedia.org/uno-native-american-film-festival-november-7-9-2014.
For questions, contact Cindy Krafka, UNO Native American Outreach Coordinator, at 402.554.2758 or email@example.com.
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About the University of Nebraska at Omaha Native American Studies Department
Established in 1992, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Native American Studies program (NAS) is an interdisciplinary program that combines the efforts of faculty throughout the University. Native American Studies offers students an opportunity to learn about Native American cultures through literature, history, arts, values, lifeways, spirituality, and social and political institutions. The program also has a long-standing tradition of activism on contemporary issues.
About Vision Maker Media
Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media—to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visit www.visionmakermedia.org.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.
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