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Pueblo stories: A two-day festival highlights the work of Native American filmmakers

An image from “In the Spirit of Po’Pay,” which is screening at the Pueblo Film Festival. (Courtesy of Skalalitude Productions)

An image from “In the Spirit of Po’Pay,” which is screening at the Pueblo Film Festival. (Courtesy of Skalalitude Productions)

Film is a great medium to tell stories.

And, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is presenting the Pueblo Film Festival for the second year.

The two-day festival will showcase the work and accomplishments of pueblo filmmakers.

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“The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Pueblo Film Festival expands the meaning of contemporary Pueblo Indian history and culture in films produced from our perspective,” said Beverly Singer, associate professor of anthropology and Native American studies and director of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Singer’s film “The Answers Lie Within” documents a historic exchange between Native American artists and artists from southern African communities.

Diana Reyna’s film “Gathering Up Again: Fiestas in Santa Fe” focuses on the portrayal of pueblo people in the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe event.

“We need to bring attention to the contributions of pueblo filmmakers to the industry, especially here in New Mexico where the film industry is growing rapidly,” said Travis Suazo (Laguna/Taos/Acoma), IPCC’s director of museum and cultural engagement. “Only with the influence and involvement of pueblo filmmakers will the industry achieve its full potential and distinctive voice.”

Organizers say the festival also is taking place in celebration of Native American Heritage Month and it provides a forum for emerging filmmakers from pueblo communities to connect with established pueblo filmmakers.

The schedule includes film screenings, presentations and discussions with renowned pueblo filmmakers Singer (Santa Clara Pueblo/Diné) and Reyna (Taos Pueblo).

The festival also includes a film series focused on environmental issues and pueblo women in film.

Independent filmmaker and media consultant Jonathan Sims (Acoma) will make a presentation on media in the pueblo world.

Each film screening is followed by an open discussion with a pueblo filmmaker, artist or expert to encourage and educate all aspiring filmmakers.


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