National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase 2016 Opens in New Mexico

Weeklong Event Also Features “State of the Art” Symposium and Classification X Winning Films
June 29, 2016
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Still from film Fractured Land

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will present the 16th annual Native Cinema Showcase, the museum’s premier film event, during the week of Aug. 16–21 in Santa Fe, N.M. The showcase runs in conjunction with the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest juried show of Native fine art in the world. Held at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, the showcase will screen more than 40 feature-length and short films, including the winners of SWAIA’s moving-image category, Classification X. A special outdoor screening will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Santa Fe Railyard. Admission to all events is free.

The museum will also host a “State of the Art” symposium Friday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum. Many art museums across the United States are reconsidering their collections of American Indian art given new developments in Native American studies and art history. Moderated by David W. Penney, associate director for scholarship of the National Museum of the American Indian, the symposium features an accomplished panel of art museum directors who will discuss how their organizations are helping audiences see American Indian art in new ways.

“Throughout the past few decades, Native film has seen exponential, noteworthy growth,” said Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “Since 2001, the showcase has presented nearly a thousand films—an impressive number but still only a small fraction of the works being produced. The films we choose to screen are not only among the best, but culturally significant and representative of many diverse viewpoints.”

Showcase Highlights

Tuesday, Aug. 16

7 p.m.: What Was Ours (2015, 75 min.)

Discussion with director Mat Hames and actor Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho/Eastern Shoshone) follows the screening.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

3 p.m.: Future Voices (90 min.)

Program examines the Future Voices of New Mexico project. Discussion follows with Marcella Ernest (Bad River Band of Ojibwe), project director.

7 p.m.: Le Dep (2015, 77 min.)

Discussion follows with actress Eve Ringuette (Innu). Shown in French with English subtitles.

Thursday, Aug. 18

1 p.m.: Future Focused (81 min. total)

This short films program centers on youth empowerment.

3 p.m.: Fractured Land (2015, 75 min.)

Discussion follows with film subject Caleb Behn (Eh-Cho Dene/Dunne-Za/Cree).

7 p.m.: Mekko (2015, 87 min.)

Discussion follows with director Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) and actor Rod Rondeaux (Crow/Cheyenne).

Friday, Aug. 19

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: SWAIA Classification X Winning Films

Q&A sessions, moderated by Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet), will be held with attending winners of Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, Experimental Short, Feature and Youth Division categories.

3 p.m.: “State of the Art” Symposium

Saturday, Aug. 20

1 p.m.: Twisted Laughs (79 min. total)

Twelve comedic short films are shown as series; contains adult humor.

3 p.m.: Keepers of the Game (2016, 82 min.)

8 p.m.: Born to Dance (2015, 96 min.)

Screened outdoors at the Santa Fe Railyard Park Screen.

Sunday, Aug. 21

1 p.m.: The Saver (2015, 89 min.)

3 p.m.: Fire Song (2015, 85 min.)

Discussion follows with director Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/Danish).

All screenings are subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule information and the full slate of films and their descriptions, consult the museum’s Native Cinema Showcase webpage.

About the National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit Follow the museum via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Join the conversation using #NativeCinemaShowcase and #NCS2016.

About the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts

SWAIA’s mission is to bring Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education and creating meaningful partnerships. The 95th annual Santa Fe Indian Market will display the work of more than 1,100 artists from 100 tribes in more than 1,000 booths over a two-day period.

About the New Mexico History Museum

The New Mexico History Museum is a distinctive emblem of U.S. history. It presents exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and reflect on the wide range of New Mexico historical experiences and serves as a history center for research, education and lifelong learning, delivering quality programs that encourage knowledge, understanding and appreciation of New Mexico’s diverse cultures. It is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

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