Monday, April 14, 2008

Global Green Indigenous Film Festival

Global Green Indigenous Film Festival
April 18-20, 2008
Santa Fe, NM

WHO
The National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC), the New Mexico Tourism Department and the Jicarilla Apache Nation will take the global stage launching the inaugural Global Green Indigenous Film Festival.
WHAT: An Indigenous environmental film festival representing nine countries and endorsed by UNESCO, an agency of the United Nations.
WHERE: Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Cinema Café, Center for Contemporary Arts, and NM Film Museum Theater.
WHEN: April 18-20, 2008
FILMS: Over 40 films from around the globe will be presented, their common theme being that they address the relationship between Indigenous communities and mother earth
SOME FEATURED FILMS INCLUDE:

The National Geographic All Roads Film Project will open and close the festival. Opening night, April 18 at 7:00p, will feature Actic Son. This Canadian/ U.S. documentary directed by Andrew Walton tells the story of Stanley Njootli Jr., who escapes a drug-fueled city life to join his father and his Gwitchin roots in the rugged Arctic , and embarks on a universal quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. On closing night, April 20 at 6:00p, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, a Chinese/ Tibetan film directed by Lu Chuan will be shown. Experience the unbelievable rugged and death-defying true story of Tibetan volunteers who battle the elements, poachers, and each other in their noble quest to save the Chiru antelope in the inhospitable mountains of Tibet . Both films will be screened at the Santa Fe Film Center at Cinema Café.
Oil on Ice is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge to the decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices and other seemingly unrelated matters.
Uno deglie Utimi (One of the Last), Italy .
Last Yoik Saammi Forest, Finland.
Sacred Ground, South Australia .
Herdswoman, Sweden.
Shadow of the Salmon, Washington .
Islands at Risk-Genetic Engineering, Hawaii .
Yookkene, Alaska.
OTHER EVENTS
Tantoo Cardinal
At its first annual Global Green Indigenous Film Festival will be acclaimed actress Tantoo Cardinal. Widely acknowledged as being the most recognizable Aboriginal actress of our time, Ms. Cardinal is of Métis descent and was born in Alberta , Canada . She has appeared in over fifty films and television series, including "Dances with Wolves", "Legends of the Fall" and "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman". Ms. Cardinal has been honored with numerous awards, among them the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Wind and Glacier Voices Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Rudy Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Native American in Film, Toronto Women in Film and Television Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Harvard Film Archive Sun Hill Award for Excellence in Native American Filmmaking. Ms. Cardinal is also an activist and author.

Image of Hope is a photo contest initiative of Earth Care International, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate and empower youth to create a thriving, just and sustainable world. Youth ages 12 to 25 were invited to submit an original photo of an environmental problem, an original photo of an environmental solution and an artist statement. The first, second and third place winners of the Image of Hope contest will be announced at the Festival's opening night reception, and the top 10 entries will be exhibited at the Cinema Café for the duration of the Festival.

Youth Film Workshop
CCA Moving Images and Digital Lab1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NMSaturday, April 19, 2008, 8:00 am - 2 :00 pmThis NTEC-sponsored, interactive workshop is a challenge for youth to learn about the elements of making a film. It allows participants to actually write, shoot, and edit a film project under the mentorship of real world filmmakers in just 6 hours! There's no cost associated; however it's by pre-registration only - first come, first served. For more info visit http://www.yiyonline.org/ or contact Candice at 505.216.7681. Workshop Leader: Jeremiah Bitsui.

Panels

Going Green with Wind and SunNTEC's Panel Discussion Especially for the Environmentally-ConsciousHotel Santa Fe1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NMFriday, April 18, 2008, 10:00 am - 12:00 pmAn examination of tribal renewable energy programs, specifically large-scale wind and solar energy. Moderator: Jerry Pardilla, Executive Director, NTEC. Panelists: Bob Gough, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy; Chip Comins, Filmmaker; Jonny Stiffarm, Native Energy; Roger Fragua, Cota Holdings.Green Filmmaking, and Filming on Tribal LandsGGIFF's Panel Discussion Especially for Tribal LeadersNew Mexico Film Museum418 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, NMSaturday, April 19, 2008, 10:00 - 11:15 amWhat can the state government do to promote filmmaking for interested tribes, as well as assist with the protection of tribal lands through Green Filmmaking practices? What are the latest Green Filmmaking initiatives? Join us for an informational discussion with industry experts. Moderator: Tony Estrada, Wild Horse Films, Festival Director, GGIFF. Panelists: Lisa Strout, Director of the NM Film Office; Casey Haymes, NM Film Office; Sarah Cottrell, Energy & Environmental Policy Advisor.Speaking in Two Worlds: Exploring Indigenous Languages In FilmInstitute of American Indian Arts-CACS Auditorium83 A-Van-Nu-Po, Santa Fe, NM Saturday, April 19, 2008, 2:00 - 5:00 pmAcross the Native American cinemascape, the use of languages in film is reaching a wider audience. Hear from filmmakers who explore the oral tradition though filmic storytelling in different thought-provoking ideas and context. These filmmakers speak many voices, whether exploring their culture, or expressing personal stories, each film holds its own perspective. Join this special film and languages presentation hosted by the Institute of the American Indian Arts and the Indigenous Languages Institute in partnership with the Global Green Indigenous Film Festival. Moderator: Carlos Peinado, Director, New Media Arts, IAIA. Panelists: Jonathan Sims (Acoma); Cora McKenna (Nambé Tewa), Medina Swazo-Hinds (San Illdefonso); other GGIFF Filmmakers.
FOR MORE INFO
Visit http://www.ggiff.com/
or call 505-242-2175

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