August 18, 2008

Showcase Presents Creativity of Native Cinema

By Dan Mayfield Journal Staff Writer

After a day of shopping at the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Market, the organizers of the Eighth Annual Native Cinema Showcase are hoping folks will stop in and watch a side of American Indian creativity not represented on the plaza.

The annual film festival brings the best in Native cinema every year to Santa Fe for three days of films and talks with filmmakers on the cutting edge. The Indian Market specializes in the visual and sculptural arts, but not on photography or film.

"For a while there was photography, but film had never been a part of this," said organizer Jason Silverman of Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Arts. "We also figured, having (visitors) immersed in the creativity going on with everything else, it would work out well."

And it has.

Over the last seven years the festival has grown from a small, one-screen showcase to a large affair. This year, the CCA has partnered with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts to make it bigger than ever, Silverman said.

The big news is a new venue, just off the plaza, in Cathedral Park in Santa Fe. The festival will set up a giant tent for film screenings and filmmaker talks, in addition to showing films at the CCA and Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe.

"The audiences will get a broader perspective on what indigenous art and creativity is," Silverman said.

The opening night film, "We Shall Remain: Geronimo," is a documentary featuring contemporary Apache views on the Apache hero. He became a feared warrior, but a divisive figure. It will screen at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the CCA Cinematheque, and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Cathedral Park.

The film "Imprint" is a supernatural thriller filmed on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 2007. It is gaining a lot of critical acclaim for its story about an American Indian attorney who prosecutes a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial. "Imprint" will show at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Cathedral Park.

New Mexican actor Wes Studi stars in the film "Older Than America" by director Georgina Lightning. In the film, a woman's visions lead her to the discovery of a criminal plot. The film will screen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the CCA Cinematheque.

Several more films will screen at the festival. For a complete schedule, visit

If you go

WHAT: The Eighth Annual Native Cinema Showcase

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21, through Aug. 24. Show times vary.

WHERE: The CCA Cinematheque, 1050 Old Pecos Trail; Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta; and Cathedral Park, 213 Cathedral Place, in Santa Fe

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $9. Call (505) 982-1338 or visit for more.

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