The 4th Annual Southwest Native American Film Festival will be
held at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) and the Coconino Center for
the Arts (CCA), Oct. 5 and 6 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The film festival is a unique showcase ofcontemporary Native American video, film and animation made by Indigenous
filmmakers from throughout the Southwest.
This year’s festival will feature 25 films, including a special screening
of the festival’s feature film “Mile Post 398,” with director Shonie De La
Rosa and members of the cast and crew.
Additional festival highlights
include “Crazy INDN,” a unique short animation set in the future with a
superhero who seeks to reclaim the skull of Geronimo. Director Ian Skorodin
will be on hand to talk about making “Crazy INDN.”
“Horse You See” by Melissa Henry is a story that explains the very essence
of being a horse in the Navajo language. Finally, “Miss Navajo,” the
film festival’s feature documentary, explores the extraordinary beauty pageant.
Eight youth shorts are also included.
This year’s film festival will also offer a professional development opportunity
with renowned Native American composer Brent Michael Davids, who will
present a workshop on film scoring for filmmakers.
The film festival, presented in partnership by Indigenous Action Media, MNA,
Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Tacoho Productions, Native Movement and Outta
Your Backpack Media, seeks to provide an opportunity for audiences of all
ages to further their understanding of Indigenous cultures today.
Screenings will be held at the MNA’s Branigar Hall and the CCA.
Weekend film festival passes that include admission to receptions with
filmmakers on both Friday and Saturday nights can be purchased in advance
for $18 ($14 for students). General and student admission fees will be
collected at the door. Passes can be purchased at Winter Sun Trading Co.,
MNA and CCA.