Native Crossroads Film Festival to Return for Fourth Year
Norman - “Elements” is the theme for the fourth annual Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium, which returns to Norman from April 7 through April 9.
The festival showcases feature films, documentaries, animations and short films that challenge the viewer to consider elements not only as resources of earth, water, air and fire that have been protected, managed or exploited, but also as components, fundamental pieces that come together to form important aspects of Indigenous life, as well as elements that threaten it.
Audiences will have the chance to see the most innovative works in Indigenous cinema. In panel discussions among filmmakers, scholars, tribal community representatives and activists, Native Crossroads brings together diverse perspectives, helping to extend the work done in media and communities. A special panel on Native American filmmakers from Oklahoma is an exciting new focus this year.
Featured screenings include Friday night’s The Seventh Fire, a documentary on gang culture on Minnesota’s White Earth Ojibwe reservation, directed by Jack Riccobono and produced by American Indian film pioneer Chris Eyre, both of whom will be in attendance. Saturday night’s film is Tongan-Samoan director Rene Naufahu’s The Last Saint, a feature about a Polynesian teen trying to balance the demands of his drug-addicted mother, his drug-selling father and his own conscience. The festival closes Saturday night with Navajo director Blackhorse Lowe’s edgy comedy, Chasing the Light, which follows an eclectic band of unstable friends through farcical drug deals, relationship troubles and hysterical misadventures. Naufahu and Lowe also will be at the festival. Oklahoma Native Steven Paul Judd returns with his new comedy Ronnie BoDean, starring film legend Wes Studi, who will join Judd for a talk about his past career and new directions, such as his work in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
Native Crossroads runs April 7 through April 9 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman. All films, speakers, and panels are open to the public at no cost to enter.
Native Crossroads is sponsored by the OU Film and Media Studies and Native American Studies Programs, and is made possible by the generous support of the Chickasaw Nation, College of Arts and Sciences, OU Provost’s Office and Jeanne Hoffman Smith. For accommodations on the basis of disability, contact Karl Schmidt at (405) 325-6639.
Visit www.nativecrossroads.org for a full schedule and more information about the films, filmmakers and speakers.