Coming in 2023! Imagining Indigenous Cinema: New Voices, New Vision

Trudell (2005), directed by Heather Rae (Cherokee),  is conserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive as  part of the Sundance Collection. The film screened in  the 2014 retrospective Through Indian Eyes: Native  American Cinema.A new film series organized by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in partnership with the UCLA American Indian Studies Center will bring the vibrant work of emerging Native filmmakers to audiences across the country at a time when Indigenous filmmaking is on the rise.

“Imagining Indigenous Cinema: New Voices, New Vision,” opening in June 2023, will illuminate Native filmmakers’ path-breaking work. The six-night series will feature short-form, mid-length and feature-length films produced since 2014 that exemplify innovative approaches to cinematic visual and narrative forms.

Presented in person at and livestreamed from the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, the series will feature discussions with filmmakers, scholars, and writers from local tribes and communities. Selected films will also screen at the Vidiots Foundation’s soonto-open Eagle Theatre.

“The series will bring together artists, academics and audiences around the power of Native American storytelling through moving images,” said May Hong HaDuong, Archive director. “Intentionality and inclusivity are important to the Archive, and we strive to engage with communities and audiences that reflect the rich macrocosm of UCLA and Los Angeles.”

The Center will help guide the project throughout the entire process.

“We look forward to serving a key role in the success of the series,” said Shannon Speed, Center director, professor of gender studies and anthropology, and a member of the Chickasaw Nation. “Centering indigenous voices and scholarship is at the core of our mission. Working collaboratively, we will serve an audience ready and enthusiastic for more indigenous voices in this contemporary media landscape.”

We are grateful for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s generous support of this series. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.

To support this series, please contact Library Development at (310) 206-8526, visit giving.ucla.edu/library or use the enclosed envelope.