CHICAGO — The First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF) begins its 2014 Spring Festival on May 2nd and will run until May 10th at six different venues throughout Chicago.
FNFVF is a non-profit organization and has been brought Native themed and produced films to Chicago for over the past two decades. These films dispel the typical notions many have of Natives or blatantly call stereotypes out. The festival will feature short and feature length films by Native directors, producers, actors and screenplay writers.
The first day of the festival will be a daylong event at two sites, the downtown “Loop” and the historic Uptown neighborhood, and two feature length films. Beginning the day at the Illinois State Museum, there will be an afternoon series of short films and a screening of “The Cherokee Word for Water” in the Chicago Gallery. “The Cherokee Word for Water” chronicles the journey of Wilma Mankiller to become Chief of the Cherokee Nation and how the Cherokee people used traditional Native values to work together to solve a problem, the Bell Waterline Project.
The evening selection of “Urban Rez” will be held at Wilson Abbey, a community-based organization that promotes culture, art, and all-inclusive faith. “Urban Rez” is an hour long documentary that explores the lasting legacy of Natives who moved from their Rez homes to urban areas during the Voluntary Relocation Program between the 1950s and 1970s. After the film, there will be a Q&A with FNFVF Director Ernest Whiteman III and local Native residents who took part in the relocation program.
Other short films and a new feature film will screen over the following week at four different locations around the city, ending the week at Comfort Station, apart of Logan Square International Films. All of the FNFVF events and screenings are free and open to the public.
Friday, May 2nd at 11:00 a.m.
Short Films and “The Cherokee Word for Water”
Illinois State Museum-Chicago Gallery
Friday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6th at 7:30 p.m.
Beverly Arts Center
Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m.
“The Cherokee Word for Water”
Lutheran School of Theology
Saturday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m.
Short Films and a new feature film