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Elisabeth Hawthorne is the Digital Content Intern at the Walker Art Center. After receiving her B.A. in History of Art from Haverford College in 2016, Elisabeth returned to Minnesota, eager to dive into the arts and culture of the Twin Cities once again. She is currently a gallery assistant at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis.

Introducing INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present

“We are in the beginning of a new era in Native cinema, a place where our ancestors are given life, our voices rise, and we return to our traditional ways of being through the lens.” —Missy Whiteman This month the Walker Cinema presents INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present, a series of films and talks, which begins with […]

Missy Whiteman’s The Coyote Way: Going Back Home, 2016. Photo credits Missy Whiteman

Missy Whiteman’s The Coyote Way: Going Back Home, 2016. Photo: Missy Whiteman

“We are in the beginning of a new era in Native cinema, a place where our ancestors are given life, our voices rise, and we return to our traditional ways of being through the lens.” —Missy Whiteman

This month the Walker Cinema presents INDIgenesis: Indigenous Filmmakers, Past and Present, a series of films and talks, which begins with a screening of The Daughter of Dawn—a silent film from 1920 featuring members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes—and culminates in a discussion with those documenting the ongoing activism surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. Filmmakers will be present throughout the run of INDIgenesis to discuss their work. INDIgenesis builds upon the legacy of the Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival and is programmed in collaboration with Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo Nations), a writer, filmmaker, and digital media consultant whose films incorporate indigenous languages,teachings, and values as a means of documentation, revitalization, and preservation.

Missy Whiteman

Picture the classic western The Searchers set in Nunavut. Find yourself in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Missy Whiteman’s newest film. Pay tribute to American Indian Movement peace warrior John Trudell, and enjoy the Pines’ music video on which he and Whiteman collaborated. Join an exploration of ancestry and language in a program of shorts, learn the Ojibwe tale of the Seven Fires Prophecy, and more.

For information about discounted tickets for individuals and groups, please contact Alison Kozberg (Alison.kozberg@walkerart.org) at least one business day before the screening.

 

The Daughter of Dawn, directed by Norbert A. Myles

Screening: March 3, 7:30 pm

“A buried American treasure.” —NPR

Shot in the summer of 1920 in southwest Oklahoma, the film features more than 300 members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes. Their personal objects were integrated into the story of two suitors vying for the affections of the Kiowa chief’s daughter. 1920, US, silent with live musical score, 87 minutes.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

Mekko, directed by Sterlin Harjo

Screening: March 4, 7:30 pm

Mekko infuses street-smart realism with Native American mysticism to create a quietly haunting portrait of fringe dwellers and castoffs.” —Hollywood Reporter

A thrilling redemption quest inflected with shades of the supernatural, Sterlin Harjo’s third feature follows a recent parolee who encounters Bill, a malevolent figure he suspects might be a shape-shifter. 2015, US, 84 minutes.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

The Searchers (Maliglutit), directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq

Screenings: March 10–11, 7:30 pm

Maliglutit never puts a foot wrong. Kunuk’s filmmaking is consistently impressive.” —Playlist

This reimagining of John Ford’s classic western of the same title, gorgeously set in Nunavut circa 1915, follows an Inuk man who searches for the invaders who destroyed his home and kidnapped his wife. Soundtrack by Tanya Tagaq. 2016, Canada, in Inuktitut with English subtitles, 94 minutes.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

Short Films Program: DNA//Memory: Storytelling and Cultural Heritage, introduced by director Lyle Corbine

Screening: March 11, 2 pm, Free

Using storytelling to address erasure and preserve traditions for future generations, these short films beautifully express filmmakers’ examinations of ancestry, language, and history. Program includes Shimásáni by Blackhorse Lowe, Anishinabemowin Nagishkodaading by Eve Lauryn-Lafountain, Shinaab by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Smoke that Travels by Kayla Briët, Four Faces of the Moon by Amanda Strong, and I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become
by Sky Hopinka.

 

The Coyote Way: Going Back Home, introduced by director Missy Whiteman

Screening: March 16, 7:30 pm, Free

This sci-fi docu-narrative follows Charlie, who is forced to choose between joining a Native street gang or going on an epic pilgrimage. Featuring an entirely Native American cast, the film was shot in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Phillips and Little Earth. 2016, US, 30 minutes.

Pre-Screening Conversation: Join us in the main lobby at 5 pm before the screening to explore themes and stories from Whiteman’s film through interactive activities presented by the Little Earth Arts Collective.

 

INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./ it flies. falls./], introduced by directors Zack and Adam Khalil

Screenings: March 17, 6:30 pm; March 18, 7:30 pm

This experimental documentary explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between tradition and modern indigenous identity. Copresented by the Augsburg Native American film series. 2016, US and Canada, 75 minutes.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

Trudell, introduced by director Heather Rae, preceded by the music video for “Time Dreams”

Screening: March 24, 7:30 pm, Free

“A thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.” —Boston Globe

This intimate portrait of poet and American Indian Movement leader John Trudell is the result of 12 years of extensive research and features interviews and archival footage. He passed away in 2015, and the screening pays tribute to his life and influence. 2005, US, 80 minutes.

Serving as a grace note to a life of inspiration, activism, and preservation of the human spirit, the music video for the Pines’ “Time Dreams” is the result of a collaboration with John Trudell, Missy Whiteman, and the musicians. The song is the closing track on the Pines’ 2016 album Above The Prairie.

 

Discussion and Screening: Views from Standing Rock, with filmmakers Heather Rae and Cody Lucich in Person

Screening: March 25, 7:30 pm, Free

Cody Lucich’s AKICITA 2017 Photo courtesy Heather Rae and Cody Lucich.

Cody Lucich’s AKICITA, 2017. Photo courtesy Heather Rae and Cody Lucich

Filmmakers Heather Rae (Trudell), and Cody Lucich discuss documentary filmmaking, activism, and representation and present footage from AKICITA, a forthcoming documentary about the global, indigenous uprising born at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

Next Month in the Walker Cinema: January 2017

This January the Walker Cinema proudly presents contemporary triumphs of international and independent film. Featuring Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, a powerful portrait of the European migrant crisis and Notes on Blindness, a rich cinematic exploration of waning vision, this season at the Walker showcases the creative innovation that defines our times.   A Monster […]

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This January the Walker Cinema proudly presents contemporary triumphs of international and independent film. Featuring Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, a powerful portrait of the European migrant crisis and Notes on Blindness, a rich cinematic exploration of waning vision, this season at the Walker showcases the creative innovation that defines our times.

 

A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona

Screening: January 5, 7 pm, Free

“An unforgettable, emotional experience … one that lets us grapple with our most basic human fears and worries, while lighting a beacon of hope that can shine through that darkness.” —The Verge

With his mother (Felicity Jones) ailing, 12-year-old Conor discovers an unlikely ally when he awakens a towering, twisted yew tree known as the Monster (voiced by Liam Neeson). Melding realism with the fantastical, the film follows the boy as the Monster teaches him to cope with loss. 2017, US, DCP, 108 minutes.

Post-Screening Conversation: Join executive producer Bill Pohlad and Jim Burke, president of production for Focus Features, for a discussion about the film.

 

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Screenings: January 13, 7:30 pm; January 14, 2 and 7:30 pm; January 15, 2 pm

“[Gianfranco Rosi] observes, with humility and precision. Instead of raising awareness, he cultivates alertness. ‘Fire at Sea’ occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don’t want it to end.” —New York Times

Poetically rendering the European migrant crisis, Fire at Sea explores life on Lampedusa, the Mediterranean island that has become a point of entry for African refugees into Europe. 2016, Italy/France, in Italian with English subtitles, 108 minutes.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

Son of Joseph (Le Fils de Joseph), directed by Eugène Green

Screenings: January 20, 7:30 pm; January 21, 2 and 7:30 pm

“Shot through with an intensely pleasurable intellectual playfulness, this is the American-born French director’s most accomplished and surprising film to date, boasting his trademark thoughtfulness and precision, yet also being almost puppyishly easy to love.” —Indiewire

A stylized comedic delight that weaves biblical references to Abraham, Isaac, Mary, and Joseph into the present day, the film tells the story of Vincent (newcomer Victor Ezenfis), a rebellious teenager searching for the father he has never known. 2016, France/Belgium, in French with English subtitles, 115 minutes.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

Notes on Blindness, directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Screenings: January 27, 7:30 pm; January 28, 2 and 7:30 pm; January 29, 2pm

“The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualize the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.” —The Guardian

A striking adaptation of the audio diary theologian John Hull produced as he attempted to grapple with his loss of eyesight. The film is accompanied by the downloadable VR experience Into Darkness. 2016, UK, 90 minutes.

Enhanced Screening: Saturday, January 28, 2 pm. The filmmakers worked with one of Europe’s leading sound designers, Joakin Sundström, to create a rich, immersive soundtrack calibrated specifically for blind and sighted audiences.

Tickets: $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)

 

2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Screenings: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, January 10–February 8; 6 and 8 pm

Members of the Walker and IFP MN are invited to free screenings of 21 films nominated for the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, celebrating the finest achievements of today’s filmmakers. Exclusively for members, screenings of nominees in four categories—Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Documentary, and the John Cassavetes Award—are offered weekly in January and February. Enjoy Pablo Larrain’s Jackie one week and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight the next. Satisfy your need for screen-time with the binge-worthy O.J.: Made in America in a marathon showing from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm on Sunday, January 22.

Tickets: Copresented by the Walker, Film Independent, and Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, these events are only open to Walker and IFP MN members. Free tickets are available from 5 pm on screening nights on a first-come, first-served basis; two tickets per membership. Please bring your membership card. Walker Film Club and IFP MN members can also reserve two tickets in advance for each film. Please note: orders must be received by 12 noon on day of screening.

Walker Film Club: RSVP here.

IFP MN Members RSVP: rsvp@ifpmn.org

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