39th Annual American Indian Film Festival Opens in San Francisco: Screening to Honor Misty Upham

AIFF_2014_logo_bnrSAN FRANCISCO — The 39th Annual American Indian Film Festival begins on Saturday, November 1 and runs until Sunday, November 9, 2014. This year’s Film Festival will feature a very special screening honoring actress Misty Upham, who passed away last month.

Art Work by Steven Paul Judd

Art Work by Steven Paul Judd

The screening will be the original short film version of “Frozen River,” starring Misty Upham. The full version of “Frozen River” was shown at the San Francisco American Indian Film Festival in 2008 where Misty won the Best Supporting Actress Award. This short film will be presented on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.

“Misty was very special for us here at the American Indian Film Institute. She was one of our youth mentors, and we want to honor her excellent work as an actress and her wonderful spirit,” said Mike Smith, founder and director of the American Indian Film Institute.

On Saturday evening, November  8, closing night of the film festival, a special tribute will be given to the late Billy Frank, Jr. “As Long As the Rivers Run” the 1972 documentary film will be shown. This film tells the story of the fight for fishing rights in Washington, and documents some of the history of the long occupation of Alcatraz Island.

The American Indian Film Festival will be held at the AMC Metreon Cinema located at 135 4th Street, San Francisco, near Mission Street and 4th. The theater is four blocks from the Powell Street BART station. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Palace of Fine Art, 3301 Lyon Street at Bay Street, San Francisco.

On Sunday, November 9, the annual Awards Ceremony will feature the noted Alaskan Dance group, Yaaw Tei Yi. This group has performed nationally and internationally, and performed at President Barak Obama’s inauguration ceremony. Jana Mashone, Lumbe and Tuskarora an accomplished vocalist will also perform. Spencer Batiste, a contemporary singer and a Seminole from Florida will also round out the entertainment line-up. Noted violinist, storyteller and comedian, Swil Kanim will return again this year, gracing the audience with his beautifully fluid violin solos.

This year the American Indian Film Festival is launching a Kickstarter program in order to raise funds to have the awards show telecast into four different cities. They are San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, San Diego and Ft. Lauderdale. Simply go to their website at:  www.festival.aifisf.comfor more information about how to donate. Tickets can be purchased on line or at the door each night of the film festival. Opening night tickets are $15.00, all other nights $10.00. Award ceremony tickets are $25.00 at the door or on-line.



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