Don’t Miss the 16th Annual Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 8th, 2016 Last Updated on: August 8th, 2016

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will present the 16th annual Native Cinema Showcase, the museum's premier film event, during the week of Aug. 16–21 in Santa Fe, N.M. The showcase runs in conjunction with the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest juried show of Native fine art in the world. Held at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, the showcase will screen more than 40 feature-length and short films, including the winners of SWAIA's moving-image category, Classification X. A special outdoor screening will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Santa Fe Railyard. Admission to all events is free.

Don't Miss the 16th Annual Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe!

Featured films include What Was Ours (2015, 75 min.), Fractured Land (2015, 75 min.), Mekko (2015, 87 min.), Born to Dance (2015, 96 min.) and Fire Song (2015, 85 min.). For scheduled show times and full event schedules, including post-screening discussions with filmmakers and actors, visit the Native Cinema Showcase website at http://nmai.si.edu/ncs/.

The museum will also host a “State of the Art” symposium Friday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum. Many art museums across the United States are reconsidering their collections of American Indian art given new developments in Native American studies and art history. Moderated by David W. Penney, associate director for the scholarship of the National Museum of the American Indian, the symposium features an accomplished panel of art museum directors who will discuss how their organizations are helping audiences see American Indian art in new ways.

“Throughout the past few decades, Native film has seen exponential, noteworthy growth,” said Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “Since 2001, the showcase has presented nearly a thousand films—an impressive number but still only a small fraction of the works being produced. The films we choose to screen are not only among the best but culturally significant and representative of many diverse viewpoints.”

Don't Miss the 16th Annual Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe!

For additional information, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the conversation using #NativeCinemaShowcase and #NCS2016.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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