7:00, 9:00
12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00 p.m.
2:00, 5:00, 7:00 p.m.
Vision Maker Film Festival
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
313 North 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508 402-472-5353

Vision Maker Film Festival

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Admission to the films is at regular Ross prices. A FESTIVAL PASS can be purchased at the ROSS BOX OFFICE for $25 and is good for admission to all festival screenings.

Event Times

3.11 Fri 7:00, 9:00
3.12 Sat 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00 p.m.
3.13 Sun 2:00, 5:00, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for the Sixth Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival, March 11-13, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The festival will showcase works by Native filmmakers. More than a dozen guest speakers involved with the showcased films also will attend.

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------------- Friday, March 11 -------------

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception and presentation of the Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence to Peggy Berryhill (Muscogee)
This event is free and open to the public.

7:00 p.m.
MEDICINE WOMAN (World Premiere) followed by Q&A
Producers: Christine Lesiak & Princella RedCorn (Omaha)
Speakers: Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. (Navajo) & Wehnona Stabler (Omaha)

DOCUMENTARY / 57 minutes, 2016
Medicine Woman, a new one-hour PBS documentary produced by and about women, features historic and contemporary profiles of female healers, starting with Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

9:00 p.m.
MANKILLER (Sneak Peek)
DOCUMENTARY / 75 minutes, 2016
When history fails to preserve stories from our past and present, it’s up to us to correct the record. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is omitted from most history books despite ranking among revolutionary leaders like Harriet Tubman or Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an activist and a champion to a nation – and it’s time the world remembers her name. MANKILLER is a documentary celebrating a leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people. During a time when American Indians found themselves disenfranchised and undervalued by the United States at large, Wilma emerged as a champion of the Cherokee Nation and became its first female Principal Chief in 1985.

------------- Saturday, March 12 -------------

12:00 p.m.
LITTLE BIG SHORTS (schedule subject to change)
Featuring the short films:
Vision Maker Media Annual Report 2015
Blackfeet Flood: Beneath the Surface
Blackfeet Flood: Something Special
Ronnie BoDean
The Weight
Call and Response
A Lacrosse Mind
Gaa-Ondinang Dakwaano Makwa (How the Bear Got a Short Tail)
In the Rubbish Tin
Ka Mitshelitakuess Auass (The Child Who Hammered Nails)
Creighton University: American Indian Catholic Schools Network
Indian Center: Youth Suicide Program

2:00 p.m.
WHAT WAS OURS - Followed by Q&A
Producer: Mat Hames; On-screen Talent: Jordan Dresser (Arapaho/Shoshone)
DOCUMENTARY / 75 minutes, 2016
A Shoshone elder, a powwow princess, and an Arapaho journalist discover their true purpose on the Wind River Indian Reservation as they seek lost sacred objects, collected from their ancestors long ago and boxed away in vast underground archives.

4:00 p.m.
Producer: George Csicsery
DOCUMENTARY / 58 minutes, 2016
Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The math circles approach puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. Applications of math in Native culture highlight the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics.

7:00 p.m.
MEKKO - Followed by Q&A
Actor Zahn McClarnon (Hunkpapa Lakota)
This film is recommended for mature audiences and contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.
FEATURE FILM / 90 minutes, 2015
In this stunning film, director Sterlin Harjo captures the story of Mekko (Rod Rondeaux), a man who becomes homeless after his release from two decades behind bars in an Oklahoma prison. Without family, he wanders the streets of Tulsa until he meets his old friend Bunnie, and together they navigate a sometimes welcoming and sometimes dangerous community of Native Americans living on the streets. But when a darkness emerges from within the group and tragedy strikes, Mekko is faced with a difficult decision that could cleanse him from the darkness – or drag him deeper into it. Mekko is another triumph for one of Indigenous cinema’s premiere independent creative voices. Harjo’s films present a Native America that is at times bleak and frightening, but always compelling and beautiful. Featuring stunning performances by Rondeaux and Sarah Podemski.

9:00 p.m.
This film is recommended for mature audiences and contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.
FEATURE / 107 minutes, 2014
Intense, gritty and emotional, The Last Saint is a coming-of-age story and family drama set in streets of Auckland. By delving into daily routines and dreams of Polynesian teen Minka and his struggle to support his drug-addicted mother, director Rene Naufahu has been heralded as capturing the “seediness” and “desperation of early morning inner-city life.” This is a riveting and unapologetic look at gang wars and drug addiction.

------------- Sunday, March 13 -------------

2:00 p.m.
DOCUMENTARY / 57 minutes, 2015
When the thread connecting a Native child to their culture and sense of self is missing, the individual and culture suffer. This film weaves together the story of the creation of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act with the stories of two individuals who were removed from their culture as children.

5:00 p.m.
Presenter: LaNada War Jack (Shoshone)
DOCUMENTARY / 57 minutes, 2006
The engaging life story of Native American poet/prophet/activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendants.

7:00 p.m.
Director/Producer: Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo)
FEATURE FILM / 80 minutes, 2015
Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, begrudgingly goes with his drug-dealing friend, Many Goats, on a run that goes terribly wrong. A series of misadventures follows: bar fights, house parties, feuding couples and even a trip on the drug DMT. But none of these calamities can distract a dejected Riggs from his melodramatic thoughts of his ex-girlfriend. In this hilarious and dark film, Blackhorse calls on the rhythm of Slacker, the rich and sharp dialogue of Tarantino and the retro sensibility of Jim Jarmusch to create a unique and spectacular cinematic ride in his newest feature, scored by Nathan Young with music by Tenderizor, Lydell Mitchell, Toomuchloud and DE The Commoner.

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