CHICAGO – Given the Indian territory where the Wind City now sits was home to the Potawatomi prior to its development, it may be appropriate during Native American Heritage Month for “Our Fire Still Burns: The Native American Experience” will be premiered tonight at the University of Chicago’s International House.
“Our Fire Still Burns: The Native American Experience” is documentary that features contemporary American Indians who live in Michigan and Illinois. It is a story about survival and resilience as those featured in the film tell their stories of growing up in modern times, while still treasuring traditional ways of their ancestors.
The film is the work of Audrey Geyer, an independent video producer/director, and many of her programs have aired locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and executive director of Visions, a non-profit independent video production company located in Metro Detroit. Visions focuses on the production of public affairs documentaries, which tell the stories of communities underrepresented in the mainstream media.
As an independent video producer/director for over 15 years, Audrey Geyer has completed a number of successful public affairs documentaries. Many of her programs have aired nationally on the Public Broadcasting System, PBS, with corporate and foundation sponsorship support. These documentaries have also aired on cable television stations across the United States, in Canada and other markets.
Geyer will be on hand at this evening’s panel discussion that follows the film’s screening.
Joining her will be Levi Rickert (Potawatomi), the publisher and editor of the Native News Online and who is also featured in the film.
In February 2011, he co-founded the Native News Network and served as its editor-in-chief. Since then he has traveled to over 30 American Indian reservations in Indian country. Additionally, he covered American Indian stories in Washington that included covering the hearings on Capitol Hill, the National Congress of American Indians, and numerous urban Indian communities.
Ernest Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho) the director of First Nations Film and Video Festival and Kristen Simmons (Southern Paiute), a second year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, will round out the panel.
WHAT: Screening of “Our Fire Still Burns: The Native American Experience”
Panel discussion with Audrey Geyer, producer/director & Levi Rickert, publisher/editor of the Native News Online
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:00 – 9:00 pm, CST
WHERE: International House
University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637