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Week’s events for ‘Native American Cinema’

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Yesterday’s newsletter told you of a grant-supported series of events that will include a focus on Native American cinema with film screenings and discussions, an introductory workshop to encourage prospective professionals, and a weeklong residency by a prominent Cherokee actor.

Here’s the full lineup, with details:
Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m., Green Bay Film Festival, Oneida Radisson
 “Indians of Today”

Short Films: Selected shorts from the 1491s; Charlie Hill on Richard Pryor; Feature Film: Shouting Secrets
; Actress: DeLanna Studi; Actor/Comedian: Charlie Hill (Oneida Nation); Humanities Panelists: Prof. Patricia Loew, UW-Madison; Profs. Lisa Poupart and JP Leary, UW-Green Bay.

An interesting look at how a group of filmmakers are creating films and internet media to change the face of how Natives are portrayed. Viewing of Shouting Secrets is planned. The film is a portrayal of a Native family today… with a discussion of how does the viewing audience feel about the media that is being produced today.

Sunday, March 3, 1 to 4 p.m.
, Green Bay Film Festival, Oneida Radisson 
“The Business of Acting: SAG Professional Acting Workshop”

Casting Director: Rene Haynes; CSA Actors: DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) Chair, and Brian Wescott (Athabascan), Vice Chair, SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee
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The Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and the Green Bay Film Festival present “The Business of Acting,” a workshop to introduce participants to acting, including preparing headshots and resumes, the casting process, and acting in front of the camera, with coaching by experienced professional directors, casting directors, and actors.

Monday, March 4, 9 a.m. to noon
, UW-Green Bay, Christie Theatre, University Union, 
“The Business of Acting: SAG Professional Acting Workshop”

Casting Director: Rene Haynes; CSA Actors: DeLanna Studi (Cherokee), Chair, and Brian Wescott (Athabascan), Vice Chair, SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee.

The Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and UW-Green Bay First Nations Studies Program present “The Business of Acting,” a workshop to introduce participants to acting, including preparing headshots and resumes, the casting process, and acting in front of the camera, with coaching by experienced professional directors, casting directors, and actors.

Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.
, UW-Green Bay, Christie Theatre, University Union
, Showing of film “Edge of America’ hosted by UW-Green Bay Intertribal Student Council
Based on a true story, “Edge of America” depicts the journey of a high school women’s basketball team on the Three Nations Reservation from a collection of struggling individuals into a contender and source of community pride. Actor DeLanna Studi (Cherokee), who plays Carla McKinney, will be on hand for a follow-up discussion.

Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m., American Indian Film Society, at Norbert Hill Center, Oneida, 
“An Evening of Short Films”

An evening of short films takes place in the Business Committee Chambers at the Norbert Hill Center, Oneida, to kick off the American Indian Film Society. Invited guests and filmmakers including DeLanna Studi (“Two Sprits, One Journey” and “Powwow Dreams”), Chris Powless (Oneida), and Ernie Stevens III (Oneida) will host and help lead the discussion.

Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., 
Neville Public Museum
, Showing of Film “Edge of America” as part of Green Bay Film Society series

Based on a true story, “Edge of America” depicts the journey of a high school women’s basketball team on the Three Nations Reservation from a collection of struggling individuals into a contender and source of community pride. Actor DeLanna Studi (Cherokee), who plays Carla McKinney, will be on hand for a follow-up discussion. Hosted by the Green Bay Film Society.

Friday, March 8, 12:30 to 2 p.m., UW-Green Bay Rose Hall 250, 
“Arts and Advocacy in American Indian Education”

Actor DeLanna Studi will share stories of her upbringing and education in rural eastern Oklahoma, her experiences as a professional actor in film and theater, and how these experiences have led her to become an advocate for Native issues. As a performing artist and arts educator, she has used her work as an opportunity to challenge representations of Native people in the media and to shape public responses to them. She will also discuss the joys and difficulties of being an actor navigating the industry while maintaining a sense of community, culture, gender and humor. As the current chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Committee for Native Americans, she will discuss the efforts being made to create more roles for Native actors, and how now is the time for Native people to tell their own stories. All are welcome.

Full details are in our press release.

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