“Smoke Signals” Director Chris Eyre Part of MCC’s Native American Heritage Month Events

Filmmaker Chris Eyre

Filmmaker Chris Eyre

November is Native American Heritage Month

Published November 11, 2016

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN — Award-winning film and television director and producer Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) will present his works on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. Eyre is part of the Muskegon Community College’s celebration of the Native American Heritage Month.

On Friday, Eyre will screen and introduce his film “The Seventh Fire” followed by a question-and-answer period. He will also discuss his work and Native Americans in film and television today. The event takes place at the Orchard View High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Eyre will be in Stevenson Center Room 1100 on the MCC campus to show and discuss his film, “Smoke Signals” at 11:30 a.m.

Eyre, who has received both a Peabody and an Emmy Award, directed the highly praised film “Smoke Signals.” The screenplay was written by Sherman Alexie and the film won a coveted Sundance Audience Award and the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy. Eyre’s work for television includes three episodes of the PBS miniseries “We Shall Remain” (2009) – “After the Mayflower,” “Tecumseh’s Vision” and “Trail of Tears.” He also directed episodes of the critically acclaimed NBC show “Friday Night Lights.”

Smoke Signals AmazonAfter graduating from New York University’s film school, Eyre worked as a fellow in the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab under the mentorship of Robert Redford. His 2004 film “Edge of America” was selected to show on Opening Night at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The movie garnered Eyre the highly prestigious award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement from the Directors Guild of America.

His latest film, “Hide Away,” starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell, was released in the summer of 2012 after gaining award recognition at South by Southwest.

CLICK HERE for other programs that are part of MCC’s month-long celebration.

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