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From Reel to Real Indians
Wednesday 11/20/2019 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virginia Musuem of History & Culture
428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

$5 for VMHC members
$10 for VMHC non-members

This is included in the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival VIP-Pass, which can be purchased here.

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture presents a screening of the award-winning film Reel Injun (2009, 88 minutes) by Cree-Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond. Reel Injun is an entertaining and provocative look at a century-worth of Hollywood depictions of Native Americans and the misconceptions and stereotypes that a century of filmmaking has fostered.

The screening will be preceded by a panel discussion among representatives of many Virginia Indian tribes including Chief Lynette Allston (Nottoway Indian Tribe) and Dr. Ashley Atkins-Spivey (Pamunkey Indian Tribe). The group will explore how, as groups and individuals, Virginia Indians have been able to maintain their identity into the 21st century—despite numerous efforts to eradicate it—and the successes and challenges encountered by each generation of Virginia Indians to continue their cultural heritage. A talkback will follow the screening.


Through an Indigenous Lens
Friday 11/22/2019 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
University of Richmond
Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium (Q162)

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Sky Hopinka, Adam Khalil, and Zack Khalil

Dr. Monika Siebert and Molly Fair

Part of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts and Sciences Contested Spaces: This Ground series

Contemporary indigenous filmmakers, visual artists, and curators, Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga), Adam Khalil (Ojibwe), and Zack Khalil (Ojibwe) will engage in conversation with each other and with the audience to explore the questions of indigenous cinema as anti-ethnographic practice, of formal innovation in indigenous cinema, and the future of indigenous cinema and art in the context of indigenous self-determination. Authors of experimental films played at Sundance, Toronto International, New York, and Ann Arbor film festivals and visual works exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, the Whitney and Toronto Biennials, Hopinka and the Khalils have also curated film programs for prestigious venues, including the upcoming 2019 Whitney Biennial in NYC. They will discuss their own films as well as works by other contemporary indigenous filmmakers.

Sky Hopinka’s films will be screened at the University of Richmond International Film Series on Thursday, November 22, 2019, at 7:30pm in Jepson Hall (Room 118) and at the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival on Sunday, November 24, at 1:30pm (Byrd Theater). Adam and Zack Khalil’s film INAATE’SE (2016) will be screened at the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival on Sunday, November 24 at 2:30pm (Byrd Theater).

This event is co-sponsored by the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival and the University of Richmond (Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, American studies and film studies programs, and the English department).

Master Class: Film & Conversation: The Searchers

The Searchers (1956, 119 minutes, Technicolor)
Friday 11/22/2019 | 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lelise Cheek Theater at the VMFA
(804) 340-1405

$8 for non-VMFA members
$5 for VMFA members

This is included in the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival VIP-Pass, which can be purchased here.

Guest Speakers: Trent Nicholas and Jeffrey Allison

Director John Ford and screenwriter Frank S. Nugent immortalized Cynthia Ann
Parker’s story in the 1956 western film The Searchers, which the British Film Institute’s 2012 Sight & Sound poll ranked as the seventh greatest film of all time. John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, the uncle of a girl, Debbie (Natalie Wood), who is abducted by Indians under similar circumstances as Cynthia Ann Parker. Wayne’s bouts of extreme racism and anger toward Indians suggest he is psychologically imbalanced and is operating at a different level than the rest of society. The connection between The Searchers and The Daughter of Dawn(screening Saturday at 9AM at the Byrd Theatre) comes in the lineage from Cynthia Ann Parker and her grandson, White Parker. Quanah Parker, son of Cynthia Ann and father of White, fills the gap in between.

After the film, Trent Nicholas and Jeffrey Allison of VMFA will hold a conversation about the movie’s cinematic and revisionist elements.

This event co-sponsored by VMFA and the Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival.