How can I get information about films and
videos screened by NMAI?
The easiest place to start is the Titles section. A link to it
is found on the Native Networks welcome page and at the top of
every page on the Website. The Titles section includes a list
of all films shown by the museum since 2001, with links to brief
film descriptions. Titles also links to a PDF describing works
shown in the Native American Film and Video Festivals of 1995,
1997, and 2000. You can enter here
How can I get a copy of a video?
The productions described on this Website are works screened
by the Film and Video Center (FVC) of the National Museum of the
American Indian in its numerous festivals and programs. FVC does
not loan, rent, or sell videos or other media.
Most of these worksdocumentaries, short features, animations,
experimental filmsare available for purchase or rental from
an educational film or video distributor. Each film and video
screened at NMAI since 2001 has a title page which is found by
clicking on a film or video title in the list of works in the
Titles section. Distributor
information appears in the right-hand column on the title page
under the heading "To obtain a copy of this work or for more
information:". For works screened before 2001, in the Native
American Film and Video Festivals of 1995, 1997 and 2000, a PDF
lists the films, and the distributor's name appears below each
Feature films are sometimes available only for theatrical or
festival screenings, or may be distributed to individuals through
video stores and other commercial sources which can be found on
For distribution information about productions not listed on
the Native Networks Website, please use the site's Contact
Can I see a video at the museum?
There are several ways to view films at NMAI, including regularly
scheduled programs in both New York City and Washington, D.C.
Enter here to see what's showing.
Individual viewers or groups of up to five may view videos without
an appointment in the NMAI Resource Centers in New York and Washington
D.C. Each Resource Center media library, selected in cooperation
with FVC, consists of more than 200 works drawn from the past
25 years of film and video by and about Native Americans. Other
media are also included in these collections, such as music and
educational CDs and audio cassettes.
A catalog of the works in the Resource Centers is available on
site. To check the availability of a particular title, as well
as summer hours and holiday schedule, call the Resource Center
Public Information lines: 212-514-3799 (New York) and 201-633-6900
The NMAI media collection contains more than 1500 film, video,
and radio productions dating from 1979 to the present, produced
in North, Central, and South America, the Arctic Circle, and the
Pacific Rim. The museum's Media Archives houses the masters of
these productions and video and audio documentation, produced
by the museum since 1990, of events and interviews with Native
American artists, curators, and media makers.
Researchers can view productions at the Film and Video Center
and discuss their projects with center staff in New York and Washington,
D.C. by appointment, as well as view works at the Media Archives
at the NMAI Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland, by
appointment. While not all productions described on the Native
Networks Website are available for on-site viewing, many additional
films and videos in the NMAI media collection may be viewed. Use
Native Networks' Contact Us feature
to send an inquiry about doing media research at the museum.
What is the date of the next Native American
Film and Video Festival? Can I get a call for entries?
The date for the next festival has not yet been determined. When it is, an announcement will be posted on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FilmVideoCenterNMAI) with a link to the Call for Entries.
The Film and Video Center invites new works for preview at any time. NMAI programs outstanding recent films and media throughout the year, in both New York and Washington, D.C. Our major series are “At the Movies” at NMAI-NY and “Dinner and a Movie” at NMAI-DC. We also program the “Native Cinema Showcase” in Santa Fe as well as other indigenous showcases in NY, in DC, and at host sites. To submit works for consideration for these on-going programs, please include a completed Preview Submission Form, available to download as a PDF or a MS Word document.
We prefer to receive previews in DVD format. If your film is available only in another format, please contact us first at FVC@si.edu.
How can I get in touch with a filmmaker?
You can send an email to a filmmaker by using Contact
Us. FVC will forward your email to the filmmaker.
Image credit: 2000
Native American Film and Video Festival - Photograph by
Georgetta Stonefish, NMAI