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August 17, 2011

NMAI in Santa Fe for Native Cinema Showcase and Indian Market

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On the road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Photo by Leonda Levchuk. 
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I-25 North to Santa Fe. Photo by Leonda Levchuk.

NMAI is on the road this week to beautiful Santa Fe, N.M. for the 11th annual Native Cinema Showcase (Aug. 15-21) and Indian Market (Aug. 20-21). We will be live tweeting from events throughout the week and posting photos as well.

To kick things off we attended the Indian Market’s Classification X Winners event held at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave.) This special program of film screenings featured works of the winners.  Awards were made in the following categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short and Experimental Short.  These films recognize an artist’s dedication and skill in working with traditional materials and techniques, as well as experimentation with new media and innovative art forms.

The program was introduced by the Director of SWAIA, Bruce Bernstein and moderated by Director of Artist Services at SWAIA, Shawna Shandiin Sunrise (Dine/Kewa).

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Shawna Shandiin Sunrise (Dine/Kewa), Director of Artist Services at SWAIA. Photo by Leonda Levchuk.

Some of the films included “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco” directed by Steven Judd (Choctaw) and “Columbus Day Legacy” directed by Bennie Klain (Navajo). 

Each were enthusiastically applauded by the full house and laughs were heard for the short, “Happy Dayz” that won Honorable Mention by Ricardo Caté (Kewa) about two brothers who schemed to watch their favorite show,  let’s just say that making your siblings nose bleed is harder than it looks. 

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Other winners included Velma Kee Craig (Navajo), for her film, “In This Manner, I Am” an animated adaptation of a poem brings to life a street corner encounter between a man and a young Navajo woman. A film by Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe) and finally, Reed Walters (Navajo) for his hilarious film, “An Evening with Reed Walters. Click here to watch the short film.

The 11th Annual Native Cinema Showcase is a collaborative partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts and was co-founded in 2001 by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

See the full schedule of films at www.swaia.org.

If you see me out and about Santa Fe this week, let me know you saw this on our social media site and I’ll make sure that we give you a shout out!

                                                                                                    -          Leonda Levchuk (Navajo)

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