Local & Regional
Sun October 14, 2012
Native American Film Festival
Tulsa Community College and the Pawnee Nation will host the annual Red Fork Native American Film festival on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th at the Tulsa Community College West Campus.
The Festival Feature Film will be The Unrest, directed by Oklahoman Mark Williams. Inspired by real events, the film focuses upon the disappearance of Native American children from the Stone Creek Indian Boarding School. Although the children were never found, the film imagines their return to tell their stories – in a frightening way.
"I hope audiences enjoy this movie for its scares and the suspense that I was going for,” says the film’s director, Mark Williams. “But more importantly I want them to walk away from it realizing the real horror wasn't the story, but what really happened at some boarding schools. That's what inspired me to make this movie.”
The annual festival presents a variety of independent films that showcase the work of Native American actors, directors and producers as well as films that focus on the experiences of indigenous peoples.
Honored guests for the festival include Featured Filmmaker Williams, and Ryan Red Corn and Sterlin Harjo, two Oklahoma members of the immensely popular internet media collective known as the 1491s.
In addition to the films there is an Art Market showcasing paintings and works of art by regional Native American artists.
This year’s featured artist is the nationally acclaimed Dana Tiger.
The Art Market will be open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday and 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday.
Art demonstrations will be presented during the festival, some of which offer opportunities for hands-on learning in a “make-it and take-it” workshop format.