Fall 2021: First Nations Film and Video Festival

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First Nations Film and Video Festival - Fall 2021 Edition

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Monday, November 1, 2021, 7:00pm

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3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw

Directed by Shelley Niro

As MITZI BEARCLAW turns 25 years-old, she is faced with a tragic decision – stay in the big city to pursue her dream of designing hats or leave her boyfriend and return home to her isolated reserve to help care for her sick mother. Loyal to her family, Mitzi reluctantly returns to Owl Island to find that not much has changed. Her confidence and modern style clash with the sleepy, slow-paced island; the bullies are the same; the handsome HONEYBOY is still running the water taxi; and ANNABELLE, Mitzi’s mother is still as bitter and unloving as ever. She’s also reunited with her spiritual friends, FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY who guide her as she navigates a year of anger, loss and love. Mitzi is soon surprised to find comfort in being home and starts to question her destiny.

The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw stars Morningstar Angeline (Drunktown’s Finest, Longmire) as MITZI BEARCLAW; Andrew Martin (Fire Song) as CHARLIE B.; Gail Maurice (Johnny Greyeyes, Assini) as ANNABELLE BEARCLAW; Billy Merasty (Indian Horse, Shinaab) as WILLIAM BEARCLAW; Gary Farmer (Deadman, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuri) as OLIVER YELLOWDOG; Vance Banzo (Indian Horse) as RINGO-LEAVES-NO-SHADOW; Ajuawak Kapashesit (Indian Horse, Shinaab) as HONEYBOY YELLOWDOG; and Roseanne Supernault (Rhymes For Young Ghouls, Blackstone) as SIMONE MUSKRAT.

The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw is produced by Turtle Night Productions, Freddie Films and Circle Blue Entertainment with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and Ontario Creates. levelFilm is the Canadian distributor.

WEDNESDAY 11.3, 7:00pm

Online Program 1:

Occupying the Megalopolis (1:45:32)

THURSDAY 11.4, 7:00pm

Online Program 2: Short Films Program


Field of Peace (10:43)

Apocalypse ... Then (9:30)

My First Native American Boyfriend (4:45)

Dirty Dog (12:43)

37% Pure Evil (20:00)

Halloween Baby (6:38)

The Unforgotten (35:49)


FRIDAY 11.5, 7:00pm

Online Program 3: Short Films From the South

it´s allright! (1:03)

"Osmildo" (26:56)

Bonds of the Matriarch (19:53)

SHUN (7:11)

Puka Wayko (16:00)

The Marriage - ( K´ULUB´IK ) (18:05)

SEK BUY - The Ritual to the Sun - El Ritual al Sol (8:00)


SATURDAY 11.6, 1:00pm

BLOCK CINEMA (In-person, COVID Guidelines in place)

40 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

Mâmawi Nikamowak 1:01:29

From the Bawadaan Collective, a series of 24 short films.

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SATURDAY 11.6, 3:00pm

BEZAZIAN LIBRARY (In-person, COVID Guidelines in place)

1226 W AINSLIE STREET, Chicago, IL

My son, My Father (13:08)

Incendios (58:30)


SUNDAY 11.7, 7:00pm

Online Program 4:

Three Souls (1:35:00)

TUESDAY 11.9, 7:00pm

Online Program 5:

Monumental Super Kids (1:21:32)

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Organizer First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc.

Organizer of Fall 2021: First Nations Film and Video Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF, Inc.) hosts two annual film festivals dedicated to presenting a contemporary view of Native American culture, films directed by Native American film and video makers fo all skill levels. The mission of the First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues and to provide an appropriate venue for their works. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America and Mexico.

First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. has been certified a non-profit entity for the first time in its history. The FNFVF will remain a grassroots Native American film festival dedicated to showcasing works produced by Native American film and video makers and artists of all skill levels.

FNFVF, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization. A Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application.

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