NEWS FROM CUCALORUS FILM FOUNDATION; LUMBEE FILM FESTIVALPublished: 06/22/2020
WILMINGTON, N.C., June 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventeen films directed by indigenous filmmakers have been chosen for the 3rd annual Lumbee Film Festival, taking place online from July 1-5. The festival is organized through a partnership between the Lumbee Tribe and the Cucalorus Film Foundation with the goal of showcasing films made by American Indians while raising awareness about the legacy of indigenous artists, especially those working in the Southeastern United States and creating a platform for emerging Native artists.
Sky Hopinka's 'maɬni - towards the ocean, towards' takes home this year's Grand Prize for Best Feature and will screen on the closing night of the festival - June 5 at 6pm EDT. This mesmerizing feature weaves together the stories of Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier as they contemplate the afterlife, rebirth and the places in-between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape. An intense attention to detail punctuates Hopinka's masterful and poetic journey, one that captures the timeless beauty of our natural world.
"It is beautiful to see ourselves in resistance to the attempts to make us invisible. The festival helps make us visible to ourselves and to others through the arts. It is important for us to have our own representation and tell our own stories," said Festival Director Kim Pevia.
Wednesday, July 1 @ 8pm / Shorts Block: YOUTH MAKING THEIR WAY
Thursday, July 2 @ 8pm / Shorts Block: STORIES WE TELL
Friday, July 3 @ 8pm / Shorts Block: THE PAST ENSURES OUR FUTURE
Saturday, July 4 @ 8pm
Sunday, July 5 @ 6pm / Closing NIght Film
To read more about the films and to register for the online festival, head to cucalorus.org/lumbee-film-festival/
Media Contact: Dan Brawley
SOURCE Cucalorus Film Foundation; Lumbee Film Festival