Festival showcases Native and Indigenous Storytelling through Film

Santa Fe, New Mexico (ICC) 5-08

SEED Graduate Institute with support from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host the first annual Talking Stick Film Festival (TSFF) on June 21- 26, 2008, under the direction of Karen RedHawk Dallett, who comes to SEED from her involvements with Sundance Resort and the Spotted Frog Bookstore as well as the publishing, stage, and film industries. Dallett is of Catawba and Scottish heritage.

Commencing on the night of the Summer Solstice, the festival and juried competition will be headquartered at the Native-owned Hotel Santa Fe and will feature films in the categories of: Feature Films, Full-length Documentaries, Shorts, and Animation.

“Now is the Time of the Telling… Now is the Time of the Listening” (Larry Littlebird, Laguna Pueblo) is this year’s theme that will bring together up-and-coming Native and Indigenous filmmakers as well as established and well-known filmmakers and actors. Larry Littlebird, Mary McDonald, Leroy Littlebear, and Gary Farmer are a few of the noted jurors and presenters.

Workshops and presentations will be a key dimension to TSFF as well as dialogue and panel discussions. Larry Littlebird and Jon Proudstar are but 2 few of the workshop teachers, with other “filmshops” in collaboration with Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT).

The festival will premiere Jon Proudstar’s first feature dramatic film, currently in production and present the classic Native film “House Made of Dawn,” a Smithsonian Archival Selection.

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