The Native Cinema Showcase runs from August 13-19 in Santa Fe, NM, concurrent with the flurry of arts activity known as Santa Fe Indian Market week, which culminates in the massive Santa Fe Indian Market on August 18 and 19.
The Showcase features some of today’s best and most interesting Native filmmaking; auteurs include the young and the old, and productions range from just a few minutes to feature-length works.
You may not be able to attend the screenings in Santa Fe, but here at ICTMN.com we’re bringing you some flavor of what you might see; the Native Cinema Showcase in miniature. Each day, we’re showing trailers from the films on offer and, in some cases, the complete clips.
Below are today’s offerings, with some information provided by the Native Cinema Showcase. Pop some popcorn, turn off all cell phones, sit back and enjoy!
Wednesday, August 15
“The 6th World” (US, 2012, 15 min.)
Director: Nanobah Becker (Navajo). Navajo astronaut Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars, but a mysterious dream the night before departure haunts the journey. Nanobah Becker has been awarded fellowships for script development by Project: Involve, Tribeca All Access and Sundance/Ford Foundation. In 2011 I Lost My Shadow won the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival’s award for best music video.
“Run Red Walk: A Navajo Sheepdog” (US, 2010, 16 min.)
Director: Melissa Henry (Navajo). A red sheepdog’s search for his lost sheep takes him across the hills and hollows of the rez. Along the way, he meets some unusual characters. Melissa Henry’s animal trilogy in the Navajo language has garnered her many awards, including New Visions/New Mexico and All Roads Seed grants and a Sundance/Ford Foundation fellowship.
“Hoverboard” (US, 2012, 6 min.)
Director: Sydney Freeland (Navajo). After watching Back to the Future Part II, an imaginative young girl and her stuffed teddy bear try to make a working hoverboard. Sydney Freeland has directed short films with the InterTribal Entertainment program, and is currently developing her first feature, Drunktown’s Finest, as a participant in Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs.
“The Way Things Are” (US, 2011, 15 min.)
Director: Daniel Edward Hyde (Navajo). A jaded Marine returns home to the reservation to find a culture war being waged between the old ways and the new. Daniel Edward Hyde makes his directing debut with The Way Things Are, developed at the Sundance NativeLab Film Program.
“Floating” (US, 2008, 10 min.)
Director: Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo). A redundant conversation reaches epic proportions. Blackhorse Lowe is known for his edgy films set on the Navajo reservation, including short works and his first feature, 5th World. He was awarded a New Visions/New Mexico grant to produce Shimasani, which won Best of Show in the 2010 Indian Market.
“Interview with Einstein” (US, 2012, 11 min.)
Directors: Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) . When their dog, Einstein, decides to talk, the family shoots a documentary. Velma Kee Craig’s short works cast a light on the interactions between Navajo and the outside world. She and her husband, Dustinn, are co-directors of BetterOnes Productions.
Canes of Power (US, 2012, 52 min.)
Producers: Pam Pierce and Nick Durrie. Associate producer: Dr. Matthew Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh). Produced by Silver Bullet Productions. Narrator: Wes Studi (Cherokee)
In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln presented silver-headed canes to each of New Mexico’s nineteen Pueblos. Today these canes remain potent symbols of continuing sovereignty. Why did this war-weary president, a leader of an Indian policy that destroyed many tribal communities, choose this action? Canes of Power offers a glimpse into the connection between Lincoln and the Pueblos, and the authority the Lincoln Canes continue to hold. This documentary is part of an educational initiative by the producing organization to encourage Native youth to research their community history as well as to develop writing and filmmaking skills.
Pamela Pierce is founding partner, CEO, president and co-chair of Silver Bullet Productions. With training in law, education, and child advocacy, Pierce specializes in children’s issues and in mediation. Pierce has served on the Governor’s Council for Media in New Mexico.
Nick Durrie is executive vice-president and co-chair of Silver Bullet Productions. During his 40 years of film and video production experience, he has served as president, CEO, and CFO of television production companies such as National Geographic Television, ABC Network and Walt Disney Co., Time-Life Films, and also several independents. Durrie currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Santa Fe Film Festival.