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Omaha Hosts the Native American Film Festival


Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:01

Native American Film Festival

A participant at the Native American Film Festival views Artist Donel Keel's artwork. Keel's work was available for participants to purchase during the festival

On Nov. 1, 2 and 3, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Native American Studies and Vision Maker Media held the Native Film Festival. The festival, free to the public, was three days of films and workshops run by Native American directors, producers and actors.

On Nov. 1, the festival opened at 7 p.m. with “Winter in the Blood” at the Joslyn Art Museum. It was followed with a Q&A session with actor Chaske Spencer, who also played a werewolf in the recent “Twilight” series, and Producer Andrew Smith.

On Nov. 2, the festival was held at UNO’s Eppley Administration Building and Milo Bail Student Center. The festival was held from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the beginning films being children and family oriented. Afterward, other films such as “Yellow Fever,” “40 Years: Celebrating Wounded Knee,” “Spirit in Glass,” “Indian Relay,” “Shouting Secrets” and other short films were shown. The day included workshops such as “Vision Maker Media in the Classroom Workshop” with Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve and an acting workshop with Actor Chaske Spencer.

The festival concluded on Nov. 3 at the Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village. The films “Standing Bear’s Footsteps” with Associate Producer Princella Parker  and “The Medicine Game” with Lacrosse Players Jerome and Jeremy Thompson were shown that afternoon. Director Sterlin Harjo held a workshop called “Telling Stories in Film —Exaggerations, Half-truths, and Flat Out Lies.”

The event was sponsored by UNO’s Multicultural Affairs, Inter-Tribal Student Council, American Multicultural Students and Omaha Public Schools.


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