Welcome to Native Networks Close-ups.
Take a close-up look at what's going on in the world of Native
media and some of the people and organizations that make it happen.
1979 - 2009
film adaptation of Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday's Pulitzer Prize-winning
novel, House Made of Dawn, represents an important moment
in the history of the Native American image on film. Scripted
by Momaday and director Richardson Morse, House Made of Dawn
stars Larry Littlebird as a young Pueblo man in crisis. The Film
and Video Center, with the support of the American Film Institute
and The Film Foundation, created a new print of the House Made
of Dawn (1972) which premieres in December 2005. In celebration,
we take a closer look at the film, with an essay by film scholar
Joanna Hearne and interviews with the author, the director, and
the lead actor.
over a decade indigenous videomakers in Mexico's rural and urban
communities have been creating rich and varied views of Native
life and concerns. Their work reflects both the diversity of Native
peoples in Mexico and visions that are shared. This feature looks
at the history, the people, the organizations, the works, and
includes resources for further information.
filmmaker Rolando Klein is best known for his feature Chac,
an "ethno-narrative" screened widely on the festival
circuit in the mid-seventies. Chac went on to gain an enduring
popular audience in home video. NMAI screened a newly restored
print in June as part of its 2005 At the Movies series. Klein's
account of filming Chac in Tenejapa, Mexico, provides a
rich historical counterpoint to the work discussed in Indigenous
and Community Video in Mexico.
Bratt's first film, Follow
Me Home, won the Best Director Award at the 1996 American
Indian Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature at
the 1996 San Francisco International Film Festival. This "road-trip"
film is itself still on the road, on the non-profit lecture circuit,
continuing to engage audiences with its ideas about America as
a multi-cultural society. Follow
Me Home screened at the NMAI in the 2004
At the Movies series.
Efraín Pérez Rojas (Mixe) has worked with the Chiapas
Media Project since 1999, and is currently the organizations
coordinator in the state of Guerrero. He recently received the
Reebok Human Rights Award for his work there. Perez has directed
two videos on indigenous issues in Guerrero: Reclaiming
Justice: Guerrero's Indigenous Community Police (2002)
and Eyes on Whats Inside: The Militarization of Guerrero
(2005) which documents the experiences of two women who were victimized
by members of the Mexican military.
Hereniko, professor of Pacific Islands Studies at the University
of Hawai'ian and an accomplished playwright, is the director of
The Land Has Eyes/Pear
ta ma 'on maf, the first feature film made by a native
of Fiji. Since its premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival
the film has been screened widely, most recently at First
Nations\First Features: A Showcase of World Indigenous Cinema.
Hereniko, raised in Mea on the island of Rotuma, based his film,
in part, on his experience growing up on there. He was interviewed
in New York, when the film screened in the 2004
At the Movies series.
Adams is Coast Salish from the Sliammon Band near Powell River,
British Columbia, Canada. He is an award-winning actor, a resident
physician at St. Paul's hospital in Vancouver, and, most recently,
a film director. His documentary on the Sliammon First Nations
fight for treaty rights, Kla Ah
Men, has its world premiere at the 2003
Native American Film and Video Festival. Evan sat down
to talk about his second feature film collaboration with writer/director
Sherman Alexie, The
Business of Fancydancing. The film was screened at the
NMAI in June 2003 as part of the At
the Movies series.