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FILMS BELOW WERE SCREENED AT THE 2017 FESTIVAL.

Pocahontas Reframed
Brandon Miller (VCU) – Cinematographer
Triet Le (VCU) – Animator
Allison Zigaldo (VCU) – Animator
Emma Latagne (VFO Intern) – Editor
Ehtan Brown (Pamunkey Tribe) – Editor

Seasons
A film by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud
This film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud explores the lush forests that grew in Europe after the last ice age–a winter that had lasted 80,000 years. With incredible footage of animals and landscapes, Seasons delves into the deep ties between humankind and the natural world.
SCREENING: 11/17/2017 | 3:00 PM
The Silent Enemy
A film by H.P. Carver | Music Accompanied by Michael Britt at the Mighty Wurlitzer
The Silent Enemy (1930) is a silent film that follows a group of 17th-century Ojibwa, or Chippewa, as they face famine conditions in their Northern Canadian homeland and journey northward to the Barren Grounds in search of caribou. The Festival’s screening will be accompanied by internationally recognized organist Michael Britt at the console of the Byrd Theatre’s famed Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
SCREENING: 11/17/2017 | 7:30 PM
The Exiles
A film by Kent Mackenzie
Filmed over three years, The Exiles (1961) depicts a group of young Native Americans, “exiles” who had left their reservations under the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, through a single Friday night in L.A.’s Bunker Hill district. The film is based on real-life experiences of the cast, creating a remarkable record of young, urban Native Americans and a Los Angeles neighborhood that no longer exists.
SCREENING: 11/17/2017 | 9:15 PM
Reel Injun
A film by Neil Diamond
Reel Injun is a documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people on film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films and candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the images of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 10:00 AM
Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth
A film by The Smithsonian Channel
This Smithsonian Channel documentary looks beyond the myth to reveal the real story of Pocahontas. Although her relationship with John Smith has been characterized as a romance that united two cultures and created a lasting peace, in truth, the life of this American Indian princess was anything but a fairytale. It is a tale of kidnapping, conflict, starvation, ocean journeys, and the future of an entire civilization.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 12:00 PM
The Doctrine of Discovery
A film by Sheldon Peters Wolfchild
This compelling documentary is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by scholar Steven T. Newcomb. The film tells the story of how little-known Vatican documents of the fifteenth century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization, leading to law systems in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world that are still being used against Original Nations and Peoples to this day.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 1:30 PM

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
A film by Catherine Bainbridge & Produced by Stevie Salas
Named for the Link Wray song “Rumble,” Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 3:00 PM
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
A film by Steven Lewis Simpson
Based on the novel by Kent Neburn, Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) tells the story of a Lakota elder named Dan (played by the late Dave Bald Eagle) and the white writer (Christopher Sweeney, playing Neburn) he has selected to help him write a book.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 5:00 PM
A Thousand Voices
Film produced by Pamela Pierce of Silver Bullet Productions
A Thousand Voices is a documentary lead by women who guide viewers through the history of the invasion of the American Southwest while also explaining how those invasions changed their roles as women.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 9:00 AM

Every Emotion Costs
A film by Darlene Naponse
An exploration of the reality of returning home on the reserve to face family, community, and death. We follow Quilla and her sister, June, as they return to bury their mentally ill mother. From medications to love, addiction revels in the characters’ lives, edifying their own personal rituals, pain, lust, and disappointment; it is family that helps Quilla and June to find their true calling in life.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 10:00 AM

Kissed by Lightning
A film by Shelley Niro
Mavis Dogblood is a heartbroken Mohawk painter who keeps the memory of her dead husband, Jessie Lightning, alive in her paintings, through the recreation of the stories he would tell her. She struggles to move on, but when an upcoming art exhibition in New York requires Mavis to embark on a road trip, she finds herself faced with the difficult task of letting go.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 12:00 PM
First Daughter & The Black Snake
A film by Keri Pickett
A documentary that follows a woman, Winona LaDuke, on her quest to keep crude oil pipelines out of her Ojibwe community’s sacred wild rice beds.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 3:15 PM
Te Ata
A film by Nathan Frankowski
Based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw culture, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a Broadway career. She gave a voice to the Chickasaw people.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 5:00 PM
Seasons
A Film BY JACQUES PERRIN & JACQUES CLUZAUD
This film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud explores the lush forests that grew in Europe after the last ice age–a winter that had lasted 80,000 years. With incredible footage of animals and landscapes, Seasons delves into the deep ties between humankind and the natural world.
SCREENING: 11/17/2017 | 3:00 PM
The Silent Enemy
A film by H.P. Carver | Music Accompanied by Michael Britt at the Mighty Wurlitzer
The Silent Enemy (1930) is a silent film that follows a group of 17th-century Ojibwa, or Chippewa, as they face famine conditions in their Northern Canadian homeland and journey northward to the Barren Grounds in search of caribou. The Festival’s screening will be accompanied by internationally recognized organist Michael Britt at the console of the Byrd Theatre’s famed Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
SCREENING: 11/17/2017 | 7:30 PM
The Exiles
A film by Kent Mackenzie
Filmed over three years, The Exiles (1961) depicts a group of young Native Americans, “exiles” who had left their reservations under the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, through a single Friday night in L.A.’s Bunker Hill district. The film is based on real-life experiences of the cast, creating a remarkable record of young, urban Native Americans and a Los Angeles neighborhood that no longer exists.
SCREENING: 11/17/2017 | 9:15 PM
Reel Injun
A film by Neil Diamond
Reel Injun is a documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people on film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films and candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the images of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 10:00 AM
Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth
A film by The Smithsonian Channel
This Smithsonian Channel documentary looks beyond the myth to reveal the real story of Pocahontas. Although her relationship with John Smith has been characterized as a romance that united two cultures and created a lasting peace, in truth, the life of this American Indian princess was anything but a fairytale. It is a tale of kidnapping, conflict, starvation, ocean journeys, and the future of an entire civilization.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 12:00 PM
The Doctrine of Discovery
A film by Sheldon Peters Wolfchild
This compelling documentary is premised on Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, a book based on two decades of research by scholar Steven T. Newcomb. The film tells the story of how little-known Vatican documents of the fifteenth century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization, leading to law systems in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world that are still being used against Original Nations and Peoples to this day.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 1:30 PM
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
A film by Catherine Bainbridge & Produced by Stevie Salas
Named for the Link Wray song “Rumble,” Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 3:00 PM
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
A film by Steven Lewis Simpson
Based on the novel by Kent Neburn, Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) tells the story of a Lakota elder named Dan (played by the late Dave Bald Eagle) and the white writer (Christopher Sweeney, playing Neburn) he has selected to help him write a book.
SCREENING: 11/18/2017 | 5:00 PM
A Thousand Voices
Film produced by Pamela Pierce of Silver Bullet Productions
A Thousand Voices is a documentary lead by women who guide viewers through the history of the invasion of the American Southwest while also explaining how those invasions changed their roles as women.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 9:00 AM
Every Emotion Costs
A film by Darlene Naponse
An exploration of the reality of returning home on the reserve to face family, community, and death. We follow Quilla and her sister, June, as they return to bury their mentally ill mother. From medications to love, addiction revels in the characters’ lives, edifying their own personal rituals, pain, lust, and disappointment; it is family that helps Quilla and June to find their true calling in life.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 10:00 AM
Kissed by Lightning
A film by Shelley Niro
Mavis Dogblood is a heartbroken Mohawk painter who keeps the memory of her dead husband, Jessie Lightning, alive in her paintings, through the recreation of the stories he would tell her. She struggles to move on, but when an upcoming art exhibition in New York requires Mavis to embark on a road trip, she finds herself faced with the difficult task of letting go.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 12:00 PM
First Daughter & The Black Snake
A film by Keri Pickett
A documentary that follows a woman, Winona LaDuke, on her quest to keep crude oil pipelines out of her Ojibwe community’s sacred wild rice beds.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 3:15 PM
Te Ata
A film by Nathan Frankowski
Based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Born in Indian Territory, and raised on the songs and stories of her Chickasaw culture, Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a Broadway career. She gave a voice to the Chickasaw people.
SCREENING: 11/19/2017 | 5:00 PM

NOV. 15-18 | THE BYRD THEATRE | RICHMOND, VA