Published August 23, 2017
MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN – As part of the Edward S. Curtis:The North American Indian Special Programs series by the Muskegon Museum of Art, the museum will present “Coming to Light,” an award winning film by Anne Makepeace, along with a lecture and Q & A with the filmmaker on Thursday, August 24, at the MMA. The event will start with a public reception at 5:30 pm, film screening and lecture, starting at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Makepeace’s “Tribal Justice” was on PBS on this past Monday night.
The award-winning documentary, “Coming to Light,” tells the dramatic story of the life of Edward S. Curtis, his creation of his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. More importantly, the film gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis images. Hopi, Navajo, Cupig, Blackfeet, Piegan, Suquamish and Kwakiutl people, many of them descended from Curtis’s photographic subjects, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images from their own perspectives.
Anne Makepeace, the film’s writer, director, and producer, commented about “Coming to Light”: “For Coming to Light, my film about photographer Edward S. Curtis, I traveled to reservations throughout the west, finding descendants of people he photographed, hearing their stories, recording their thoughts about the pictures, and filming their lives today. I even found people on Nunivak Island whom Curtis had photographed as children on his last photographic expedition…”