Added by on May 22, 2009

NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

Maria Colòn on selections from NMAI’s Film + Video Festival

The National Museum of the American Indian’s 2009 Film + Video Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary last month with over 75 films and videos created by indigenous people from throughout the Western Hemisphere. There were the usual New York premieres of films that had already received successful screenings at higher profile festivals—Sundance recognized Sterlin Harjo’s Barking Water and Andrew MacLean’s Sikumi, On the Ice with awards and critical praise, and Jeff Barnaby’s The Colony premiered at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival in 2007. The most compelling work at this year’s festival, however, was produced by Native youth working with Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBMedia) and Longhouse Media, two nonprofit youth advocacy groups that teach media literacy and production skills in Native communities.  >READ MORE

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