Published March 3, 2017
LAWTON, OKLAHOMA – On April 8th, 2017, The Comanche Nation College will be hosting their 13th Annual Film Festival in Lawton, Oklahoma. Since their inaugural film festival in 2004, the Comanche Nation Film Festival has strived to showcase the finest of Indigenous creative expression and storytelling through film.
Kim Smith, Librarian remarked “There are Native American Film Festivals across the country from San Francisco to Santa Fe and the Comanche Nation College is proud to host their own. The Native American filmmaker community continues to grow and receive the attention and recognition they deserve. These films will become part of the growing collection housed in the Comanche Nation College Library of unique films written, produced, or performed by local Native American filmmakers.”
Past featured films/documentaries include: “From Script to Concept “ by Choctaw filmmaker Tvli Jacob also featured by him, “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco, and the PBS series “We Shall remain“. “Shouting Secrets,” by Jacob and Mickey Blaine, “Crooked Arrows,” directed by Steve Rash and written by Brad Riddell Amongst other various films featured : “A Day In Our Bay” a digital storytelling project of Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Holt Hamilton’s “More than Frybread”; “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101” by Julianna Brannum, Stephen Paul Judd’s “Ronnie BoDean; “Violet,” by Mark Williams, and many more.
The Comanche Nation College extends an open call for films and is now accepting submissions deadline Wed, March 15. Calling for film submission by Indigenous filmmakers, various categories and length, appropriate for all ages. Films need to be submitted with the following info – labeled filmmaker name, contact info and permission to show at festival. Filmmakers need to indicate if they will be able to attend the festival for presentation of film. Submissions must be signed and dated with permission for film to become part of the Comanche Nation College’s Library Collection.
Films to be presented Saturday, April 8, time to be announced. Filmmakers will be notified by March 21.