Mixed Me­dia

Na­tive Amer­i­can Cinema Show­case

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From pre-con­tact to post­mod­ern, adult con­tent to kid-friendly, the 15th an­nual Na­tive Amer­i­can Cinema Show­case, run­ning from Monday, Aug. 17, to Sun­day, Aug. 23, of­fers a week of in­dige­nous films, doc­u­men­taries, and an­i­mated shorts. The show­case kicks off on Monday at 7 p.m. with

Ata­nar­juat: The Fast Run­ner, an ac­tion epic from the Cana­dian Arc­tic, set in the an­cient past and acted en­tirely in the Inuk­ti­tut lan­guage. The 2001 film is al­ready con­sid­ered a clas­sic in Canada among both au­di­ences and crit­ics.

New Mex­ico is well-rep­re­sented by Diné film­maker Blackhorse Lowe, who grew up out­side of Ne­nah­nezad, near Shiprock. On Thurs­day, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., the di­rec­tor is on hand for the show­ing of his short,

Shimásání (2008), a black-and-white his­tor­i­cal piece based on his grand­mother’s sto­ries of com­ing of age on the Navajo reser­va­tion in the 1930s. On Fri­day, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m., he re­turns with the cast of Chas­ing The Light, a gritty, dark 2014 com­edy that fol­lows a de­pressed Navajo writer as he nav­i­gates drug deals, sui­cide at­tempts and an un­sta­ble ex in Al­bu­querque. It’s Lowe’s first full-length fea­ture since his de­but 5th World turned heads at Sun­dance in 2005.

At 1 p.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 21, a de­light­ful show­case of 3-D, stop-mo­tion, clay­ma­tion and tra­di­tional an­i­mated shorts from the U.S., Mex­ico, and Canada should ap­peal to both kids and adults. That same day at 5 p.m., a sym­po­sium “New Au­di­ences for Na­tive Films” fea­tures prom­i­nent Na­tive di­rec­tors, pro­duc­ers, and film pro­mot­ers who dis­cuss how shift­ing au­di­ence tastes are putting pres­sure on Hol­ly­wood to cre­ate more di­verse and au­then­tic pro­gram­ming. The sym­po­sium takes place at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Na­tive Arts (108 Cathe­dral Place, 505-983-1666). Most screen­ings, which are free, are at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave., 505-476-5200).

The show­case is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Smith­so­nian Na­tional Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can In­dian and the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts’ In­dian Mar­ket. Visit www.nmai.si.edu/ncs. — Casey Sanchez

Ata­nar­juat: The Fast Run­ner

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