Published November 5, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE— Pueblo and Native filmmakers from across the Southwest will gather once again at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) for the annual Pueblo Film Fest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17 – 19, 2017. Now in its fourth year, the event is the only festival in the world to focus entirely on films related to the Pueblo experience, offering the public three days of screenings, workshops, and panel discussions with Indigenous directors, writers, producers, and actors.
One of the highlights of this year’s event is a rare opportunity to see the award-winning documentary, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. The documentary by Catherine Bainbridge showcasing the role of Native Americans in popular music history has, to date, only had special viewings such as film festivals like Sundance, where it won a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.
“The Pueblo Film Fest is one of the IPCC’s most unique events. It is a chance for our Pueblo people to show the audience how we view the world,” says Bettina Sandoval (Taos), IPCC’s Cultural Education Specialist and the Pueblo Film Fest’s principal organizer. “Our stories are being shared through modern media, and instead of being a fleeting moment, they are preserved in a more permanent way.”
Since its founding in 2014, the Pueblo Film Fest has brought together movie-loving audiences and Pueblo filmmakers who might not otherwise have a large venue to show their work. It also provides Native movie-makers with a venue to discuss their art, build relationships for upcoming projects, and wrestle with the future of film as their chosen medium. For some, storytelling through film combines oral traditions with the modern world’s mainstream expectations, a mixture that can pose challenges and even stir controversies within various communities.
The IPCC’s 4th Annual Film Fest will take place at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17 – 19, 2017. Friday kicks off with a reception including appetizers and drinks from 6 – 7 p.m., followed by the screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World from 7 – 9 p.m. Film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10.