Annual Tribal Film Festival set for Sept. 1-2

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/30/2017 08:15 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The third annual Tribal Film Festival will screen Indigenous films, have a panel discussion and offer visitors a Screenwriters Workshop on Sept. 1-2 at Northeastern State University’s Jazz Lab and Center for Performing Arts in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The third annual Tribal Film Festival will screen Indigenous films, have a panel discussion and offer visitors a Screenwriters Workshop on Sept. 1-2 at Northeastern State University’s Jazz Lab and Center for Performing Arts.

The festival begins at noon on Sept. 1 in the Jazz Lab with a filmed table read of “Grandfella,” the winning script in a contest put on by the festival and iPitch.tv. The script will be read by local Native actors and live streamed.

Afterward, the “Water is Life” panel discussion kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in the Jazz Lab where experts such as Cherokee Nation citizens Sheila Bird, Marma Rogers and Dr. Tiffanie Hardbarger; Dr. Farina King (Diné), Nancy Johnson (Muscogee Creek) are set to speak.

After the panel, guests can enjoy music during the festival’s Red Carpet Reception at the Jazz Lab.

Barbara McAlister, CN citizen and opera star, will headline the event, and local singers Maxwell McCullough and Frances Fite, Meaghan McCawley, Haley Stocks, Whitney Meyers, Andrew Cote and Wes Combs will also showcase their talent.

On Sept. 2, there will be back-to-back film screenings starting at 2 p.m. in the Webb Auditorium of Northeastern State University's W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center, and at 2:30 p.m. award-winning screenwriter JoAnn Hess will teach a Screenwriters Workshop.

According to its press release, the festival showcases stories of untold history, relevant stories and narratives that aren’t showcased in mainstream media.

“Our mission is to shift the perception the world has of indigenous people,” the release states. “Several of the films shown at last year's festival went on to obtain distribution on TribalTV. A significant coup for our filmmakers, as it is extremely tough to get distribution. Getting distribution is just one of the benefits that our festival provides.”

The event is free and open to the public. For a detailed list of events, visit Tribal Film Festival on Facebook or email tribaltelevision@gmail.com.

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