FILMS

7TH GENERATION

Saturday, November 21 - 1:30 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

Director:  John L. Voth

Writer:  Jim E Warne

Producers:  Sunshine Frank (Native Driven Network), John L. Voth, Jim E Warne (Warrior Society Development Productions

Genre:  Documentary

45 min

 

7th Generation covers generation of history, including the perspectives of Jim E. Warne (Oglala Lakota) an advocate and educator. His story of the 7th Generation touches many levels of history and experiences of past generations. This documentary film addresses historical and current perspectives with a focus on a positive future of our youth - the 7th Generation...

A THOUSAND ROADS

Thursday, November 19 - 7:30 PM

CSUSM Campus - USU Ballroom

Director:  Chris Eyre

Writers:  Scott Garan and Joy Harjo

Genre:  Short, Drama

40 min

 

“Though we journey down a thousand roads, all our roads lead home.”

 

The lives of four Native Americans take a significant turn as they confront the crises that arise in a single day.  A young Inupiat girl, a Navajo gangbanger, a Mohawk stockbroker, and a Quechuan healer journey through the epic landscapes of Alaska, New Mexico, Manhattan, and Peru, drawing strength from their tribal past to transcend the challenges of the day and embrace the promises that await them.  

A THOUSAND ROADS

Thursday, November 19 - 6:00 PM

CSUSM Campus - USU Ballroom

Producer:  Pamela Pierce of Silver Bullet Productions

Writer:  Mara Dhu Studi

Genre:  Documentry

57 min

 

Narrated by Irene Bedard (In Attendance)

 

From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.

AMAZING

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director/Writer/Producer:  CeCilia Martinez

Genre:  Short

3 min

 

Amazing acts as a call out to young Anishinaabe people to remind them that they are amazing and that they are capable of doing anything - despite the barriers others might place in front of them. The video references a history of educational bias towards Native Americans, as well as the current day institutions and family situations that stack the odds against many young people finding success in their education.

CHASING THE LIGHT

Friday, November 20 - 5:30 PM

CSUSM Campus - TBD

Director:  Blackhorse Lowe (In Attendance)

Genre:  Feature

77 min

 

Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, begrudgingly goes with his drug-dealing friend, Many Goats, on a run that goes terribly wrong. A series of misadventures follows: bar fights, house parties, feuding couples and even a trip on the drug DMT. But none of these calamaties can distract a dejected Riggs from his meldramtic thoughts of his ex-girlfriend. In this hilarious and dark film, Blackhorse calls on the rhythm of Slacker, the rich and sharp dialogue of Tarantino and the retro sensibility of jim Jarmusch to create a unique and spectacular cinematic role in his newest feature, scored by Nathan Young with music by Tenderizor, Lydell Mitchell, Toomuchloud and DE The Commoner.

CLOUDS OF AUTUMN

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director/Writer/Producer:  Trevor Mack

Genre:  Short

15 min

 

A brother and sister's carefree childhood in a Native American community is torn apart when the sister is forced to attend a Canadian residential school in the early 1970s.

CRASH SITE

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director/Writer/Producer:  Sonya Ballantyne

Genre:  Short

13 min

 

Crash Site tells the story of a displaced young girl, her overwhelmed older sister, and a superhero that brings them together.

FIRST CONTACT

Directors:  Steven Paul Judd (In Attendance) and Thomas Ryan RedCorn (In Attendance)

Genre:  Short

2 min

 

Two indigenous fellows debate on whether to let strangers from across the big water come ashore.

Friday, November 20 - 8:00 PM

CSUSM Campus - TBD

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

FOOTSTEPS

Director:  Lennie Hill

Distributor:  Wairoa Maori Film Festival

Genre:  Short

14 min

 

A father's sacrifice, a young boy's promise.

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

GOLDILOCKS AND THE BEARS (WORLD PREMIRE)

Friday, November 20 - 7:30 PM

CSUSM Campus - TBD

Director:  Zoe Hopkins (In Attendance)

Genre:  Short

16 min

 

A comedic adaptation of the children's classic, this version is more adult and entirely in the Mohawk language. With the theme of colonization at the core, this film has Goldilocks visiting the home of the bears, who have become more like humansthan Goldilocks' own family.

MALSEM

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director/Writer:  Jesse Martin

Genre:  Short

5 min

 

A group of friends decides to become investigators for the night, and try to find out what strange create people have been seeing at night.

MEKKO

Saturday, November 21 - 7:30 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

Director/Writer:  Sterlin Harjo (In Attendance)

Genre:  Dramatic Feature

98 min

 

Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community. At times jovial, there is a dark undercurrent to the community. He begins having issues with a man named Bill. Bill is pure evil. Convinced that this man is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of this 'witch'. It's a story of redemption, and hope. Mekko is in search of his home and the strength to forgive himself of his past.

Saturday, November 21 - 3:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

MIA'

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director/Writer/Executive Producer:  Amanda Strong

Genre:  Short

8 min

 

Transformed into a salmon, an Indigenous street artist travels through decayed urban landscapes to the forests of long ago, in this sublime mixed animation.

RONNIE BODEAN

Director:  Steven Paul Judd (In Attendance)

Genre:  Short

13 min

 

Ronnie BoDean (Wes Studi) is the ultimate anti-hero -- hungover, streetwise and badass, with a hustler's heart of gold. When Ronnie faces his greatest challenge yet, baby sitting his jailed neighbour's precocious kid, the results are both hilarious and life-affirming.

Saturday, November 21 - 7:30 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

SOLDIERS OF A HUMBLE HALL

Saturday, November 21 - 1:30 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

Director:  Adrian M. Brown

Genre:  Documentary Short

6 min

 

In 1964, Native American Veterans and active duty soldiers were still not getting proper recognition for their sacrifices. On June 6, 1964, the Native Americans of San Diego's East County banded together to muster VFW Post #7637 in a modest building on the Viejas Indian Reservation.

SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME

Director:  Chloé Zhao

Genre:  Dramatic Feature

98 min

 

With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father suddenly dies. The loss prompts Johnny to strike out for Los Angeles, but would mean leaving behind his beloved sister.

SOVEREIGN'S WATER

Saturday, November 21 - 1:30 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

Director/Writer:  Verel Moon

Genre:  Documentary Short

15 min

 

During the summer of 2014, the Hoopa Tribal TANF program hosted a film workshop with On Native Ground.  One of the youth, Verel Moon, who had just graduated from Hoopa High School, decided to focus on the current drought issue affecting the Hoopa Valley, the largest reservation in the state. 

THE 1491s

Friday, November 20 - 7:30 PM

CSUSM Campus - TBD

DALLAS GOLDTOOTH, MIGZI PENSONEAU, RYAN REDCORN, NATHANIEL "BOBBIE" WILSON

 

The 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties. They were at Custer's Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum. the 1491s teach young women to be strong. And teach young men how to seduce these strong women.

 

THE CHILD WHO HAMMERED NAILS

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director:  Isabelle Kanapé

Genre:  Short

3 min

 

A fable about the consequences of our actions depicted in Chinese shadows.

INDIAN AND THE TOURIST

Director:  Steven Paul Judd

Genre:  Short

1 min

 

A tourist asks to take a photo of a blues musician.

Friday, November 20 - 5:30 PM

CSUSM Campus - TBD

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

THE THINGS I'M AFRAID TO TELL YOU

Saturday, November 21 - 3:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Concert Hall

Director/Producer:  Tara Weston

Genre:  Documentary Short

3 min

 

Tara Weston grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, went away to college and married her Active Duty military boyfriend at 19. She is now his caregiver, after he sustained an injury in Afghanistan. Watch her short documentary on her journey through life, love and loss.

VIEJAS HISTORY

Saturday, November 21 - Youth Track - 1:00 PM

Pechanga Resort & Casino - Comedy Club

Director:  Adrian M. Brown

Genre:  Short

3 min

 

A brief history of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Kumeyaay Nation, as told by the students of Viejas.