Offered in conjunction with Síabadeb—The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, this two-day Native film showcase explores the cross-pollination between Native peoples and traditions and contemporary cultures.
The dramatic shorts program includes films with a diverse range of stories and cinematic approaches. The program features the following films:49?
(Sherman Alexie / Eric Frith / Holly Taylor, U.S.A. 2003,
5 min.) Celebrated poet and filmmaker Sherman Alexie queries the residents of Seattle on the origins of the Indian 49. Do they know?
(Warwick Thornton, Australia 2007, 5 min.) A young girl tells the charming and surprising story of her grandmotherís life.
(Kent Monkman, Canada 2003, 23 min.) When a gay teen is outed to his family on the rez, it's the end of the world. Literally.
Kinnaq Nigaqtuqtuaq/The Snaring Madman
(Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, US 2005, 13 min.) Inspired by a traditional Inuit legend and set in Manhattan, this is the story of a hunter-cannibal, a desperate and displaced figure, and a young woman whose own life is coming apart.
(Dena Curtis, Australia 2007, 5 min.) Ethel and Mary, two grey-haired but young-hearted friends, resort to an unorthodox way of topping up their pensions. Ethelís daughter is horrified when she discovers what they mean by "playing cards."
(Sterlin Harjo, U.S.A. 2004, 14 min.) Two young men have a life-changing encounter with an elder in the waiting room of an Indian Health Service clinic.
Two Cars, One Night
(Taika Waititi, New Zealand 2004, 11 min.) Two boys and a girl begin a tentative friendship as they wait for their parents in the parking lot of a motel bar. This was the first Maori-made film to be nominated for an Oscar.
Prices above are for entire film festival (five screenings). Tickets for individual screenings: nonmembers $7, students and seniors $6, SAM members $5.