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Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium

April 7th, 2016 All Day - April 9th, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. -- The fourth annual Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium returns to Norman from April 7—9, 2016, with the theme of Elements, showcasing feature films, documentaries, animations, and short films that challenge us 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.

The festival will offer audiences the chance to see two-days’ worth of the most innovative works in Native cinema—which already offers some of the most innovative work done anywhere. In panel discussions among filmmakers, scholars, tribal community representatives and activists that will be guided by the Elements theme, Native Crossroadswill bring together diverse perspectives that help extend the work done in media, the academy, and communities. A special panel on Native filmmakers from Oklahoma is an exciting new focus this year.

Our featured screenings include Friday night’s The Seventh Fire, a documentary on gang culture on Minnesota’s White Earth Ojibwe reservation, which was directed by Jack Riccobono and produced by American Indian film pioneer Chris Eyre, the director of Smoke Signals, both of whom will be in attendance. Saturday night’s film is Tongan-Samoan director Rene Naufahu’s The Last Saint, a feature about 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 will also be at the festival. Oklahoma Native Steven Paul Judd returns with his new comedy “Ronnie BoDean,” starring Native film legend Wes Studi, who will join Steven for a talk about his past career and new directions, such as his work in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.

We invite you to join us April 7—9 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chatauqua Avenue, where all films, speakers, and panels will be free and open to the public.

Native Crossroads is sponsored by the OU Film & Media Studies and Native American Studies Programs, and is made possible by the generous support of the Chickasaw Nation, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost’s Office at the University of Oklahoma, and Jeanne Hoffman Smith. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Karl Schmidt at 405-325-6639. Visit www.nativecrossroads.org for the latest information.