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by emira » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:15 am

I've decided to merge all posts about Film Forward in one thread. :)

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10 Films Slated for Sundance Institute’s Inaugural Film Forward Initiative
by Brian Brooks


Ten films have been selected to take part in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural cultural exchange program, Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative. The first year slate includes five American and five international titles, screening in New York and Tunisia in December.

The concept is a public/private cultural exchange effort spearheaded by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in cooperation with its federal cultural partners, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to “foster cross-cultural understanding through cinematic storytelling.”

The five films slated to travel through the U.S. and abroad are: “A Small Act,” directed by Jennifer Arnold; “Amreeka,” directed by Cherien Dabis; “Freedom Riders,” directed by Stanley Nelson; “La Mission,” directed by Peter Bratt, and “Winter’s Bone,” directed by Debra Granik, which took the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize.

The five international films joining the roster include “Afghan Star” directed by Havana Marking; “Boy” directed by Taika Waititi; “Last Train Home” directed by Luxin Fan; “Son of Babylon” by Mohamed Al-Daradji, and “Udaan” directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.

The slate will travel to six U.S. states and reach six countries, reaching a number of underserved communities in each location. Locations in the United States include the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Piney Woods Boarding School in Jackson, Mississippi; the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx, New York; the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee; the Jacobs Burns Center, in Pleasantville, New York and the Puerto Rico Film Society in Puerto Rico.

American embassies abroad will play a key role in hosting the program and presenting these films to international audiences. Locations will include Tunisia, Kenya, Turkey and China. Film Forward’s centerpiece will be a gala showcase of all ten films screened simultaneously in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in May, presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Associates. The entire program concludes in September.

Participating filmmakers will present their work and lead master classes, discussion panels, Q&As and participate in other engagements to be held around the screenings in all locations.

“This exciting and diverse slate of independent films presents the common humanity we share across all boundaries,” commented Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute in a statement. “Film Forward deeply reflects Sundance Institute’s core mission by presenting films to new audiences around the world to inspire cross-cultural dialogue.”

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Does this mean that Taika will be back on tour? #excited2#
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by emira » Tue May 03, 2011 7:17 am

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and Sundance Institute to Present 10 Award-Winning Films at 10 Locations on National Mall

Winter’s Bone, Last Train Home, La Mission, Son of Babylon, Freedom Riders, A Small Act, Amreeka, Afghan Star, Boy, and Udaan to Be Screened One Night Only May 12 — in Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and
the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Expected Attendees Include PCAH Board Members

Kerry Washington, Forrest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard and Filmmakers From all 10 Films

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 12, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the nonprofit Sundance Institute will showcase five U.S. and five international award-winning independent films as part of its Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative on The National Mall. Film Forward pairs a U.S. and international filmmaker and sends them all over the world, using their films to engage local, underserved and youth audiences in dialogue. By doing so, Film Forward promotes mutual understanding and respect for other cultures and traditions that is at the heart of cultural exchange. All ten filmmakers will be in Washington DC to speak with audiences following their films, which will be presented simultaneously in this showcase event in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. General admission price for most screenings is $10.00; two of the screenings will be free to the public.

Film Forward, a joint venture of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and Sundance Institute, in partnership with USA federal cultural partners the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), connects contemporary U.S. and international films and filmmakers with global audiences. To date, Film Forward has presented documentary and narrative films to diverse audiences across the globe from university students and aspiring filmmakers in Tunisia, to rural village populations in Turkey and factory workers in China, along with visits planned to underserved U.S. audiences in Tennessee, Michigan and New York.

“Midway through the Film Forward schedule we are excited to bring the filmmakers to D.C. to share their experiences screening these films through U.S. Embassies and local partnerships over the last six months,” said Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. “Here in the U.S. and abroad, this program is creating powerful dialogue and engagement that helps people from other places better understand America, and helps us better understand the world in which we live.”

“Sundance Institute has long believed that stories told on film have a unique ability to inspire discussions, to reflect the diversity of our world, and often to show common themes that unite us all,” said Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute Executive Director. “We are truly honored to collaborate with our partners to reach new audiences and generate cross-cultural dialogue around the work of some of today’s top independent filmmakers.”

Tickets may be obtained at: https://residentassociates.org/ticketin ... logue.aspx

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BOY/New Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi)—When his father returns home after many years away, 11-year-old Boy and his little brother Rocky must reconcile reality with the fantasy dad they created in their imagination. Cast: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone

Time: 6:15 p.m.

Location: National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW

Admission price: $10.00

source: http://reviewfix.com/2011/05/president’s-committee-on-the-arts-and-the-humanities-pcah-and-sundance-institute-to-present-10-award-winning-films-at-10-locations-on-national-mall/
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by emira » Tue May 03, 2011 7:28 am

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by emira » Thu May 12, 2011 11:48 am

Taika will be in New Mexico in less than two weeks time. :)

May 21 - Taos

May 25 - Mescalero

and it's FREE!
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by emira » Fri May 13, 2011 6:46 pm

Friday, May 20, 2011: Film Through Maori Eyes:

More and more, film is becoming one of the prime ways the indigenous story is accurately being told and shared. It is the moving image that is not only proving to the world with proof that indigenous people and their culture still exist and is thriving but, it is also a form of media that is depicting our modern stories as the First Peoples. The power of film is extended beyond the Indigenous America and is alive and well in the world of the Maori of New Zealand. So when it comes to film through Maori eyes, just how does the perspective change? Guests include Maori filmmaker/actor Taika Waititi.

HOW YOU AND OTHERS CAN LISTEN AND PARTICIPATE ON NATIVE AMERICA CALLING:

We start the live broadcast at 11 a.m. Mountain Time (10 a.m. Pacific Time/ 12 p.m. Central Time/ 1 p.m. Eastern Time). We are broadcast on over 50 stations across the United States. There is a listing of the stations where we can be heard on our website at http://www.nativeamericacalling.com

Our call in number is 1-800-996-2848 that's also 1-800-99-NATIV. This is the number to call for listeners to make comments or ask questions.

You can also listen to the program audio on-line on Native Voice One at http://www.nv1.org

Just click on the picture of the man wearing headphones and it should launch your browser.

You can also listen to our audio on-line by visiting our website (http://www.nativeamericacalling.com). More listings for live on-line streaming can be accessed by clicking on the left hand side bar of our homepage on the words "Listen to NAC on-line." You will then be navigated to the next page where you can choose a station to listen to on-line. Click on one of the stations and you will be navigated to their website where there will be an option to listen live on their webpage.

A rebroadcast of the day's show will take place at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Native Voice One at: http://www.nv1.org We also archive the show daily on our website (http://www.nativeamericacalling.com) so that the show can be accessed at later time.

A new addition to sharing our electronic talking circle, we have joined up with MyTribeTv so you can now view Studio 49 live via web video streaming. Simply visit http://www.mytribetv.com and you can see the crew in action. The video will also be archived so you can view what's going on again and again.

We hope you can join us for this program!

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I hope there will be a podcast or someone will save it #excited2# #pray#
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by emira » Wed May 18, 2011 12:41 am

From Mt. Pleasant. Posts by Brittany Ballard and Taika.

Film Forward Goes to Michigan

Posted May 17, 2011, by Brittany Ballard

Film Forward Manager Brittany Ballard blogs from the grounds of Film Forward Michigan, discussing screenings, presentations, and more.


Day 1

Today was a full day of travel for the Film Forward Michigan team. We traveled together by plane from Washington D.C. to Detroit, then took a three hour road trip in the cold rain (with Michael Jackson tunes!) due north into the heart of mid-Michigan Tribal Land. We arrived at Mount Pleasant where we were greeted by our partners Shannon Martin, Stefanie Griffin, and Jennifer Jones of The Ziibiwing Center and Saginaw Chippewa Tribe at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. After our lovely welcome dinner on the property, Shannon's father, George Martin, ceremoniously bid us farewell by reminding us that we are all doing great work, and that he never thought he'd see the day where young Native and Indigenous people were traveling the world, telling their stories, and creating positive change in the world through the arts. He was very proud and encouraging, and his strikingly poignant and honest words created goosebumps (and perhaps even tears!) for all of us. After George's closing remarks, we headed to the casino's discoteca where everyone is welcome to dance and celebrate amidst the sounds and lights of the bustling casino! It was cultural engagement in its truest form and a great introduction to Michigan -- all-American on Native Land, a striking combination and confluence of peoples and cultures from all walks of life. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings, and what we bring to tomorrow!

Day 2

Today was an amazing day for Film Forward in Michigan as we joined the Ziibiwing Center in organizing a full day for youth! The symposium included screenings of Boy and La Mission followed by filmmaker Q&As, as well as entertaining presentations from Taika Waititi and Peter Bratt. The day culminated in an invigorating and empowering PSA brainstorm led by the filmmakers and leaders of the Saginaw Chippewa community at large.

The presentations were a real treat. Taika shared a wonderfully imaginative presentation encouraging youth to embrace their creativity. He shared the idea that his life is creativity. He's applied his creativity to everything from comedy to illustrations to music to inventions to film. He encouraged us to stay energized by creating small, little creations all the time. He also encouraged us to fail. Fail Fail Fail! Embrace the moments when you fail, take those moments and learn from them. Make stuff. Try something new. See the world in a different way and keep yourself engaged in living.

He recalled for us the lowest point in his life, when he played a stripper on a TV show. This was also the best thing that happened to him because it led to writing and directing his first short film, Two Cars, One Night, and eventually to a successful career as an independent filmmaker.

Taika ended on the idea that success is not defined by making money. Instead he defines success by the completion of a project or piece of art, or inspiring someone else to embrace their creativity. Success is being here, and that means being you and showing up for your own life and exploring your own creativity.


Peter's presentation was highly engaging and energizing. He shared his short script Good Boy with us, and screened two short films made by two groups through another youth workshop, where two teams took Peter's script and made their own films based on it in less than 24 hours! It was empowering to experience two short films made by young people who had no prior training or experience whatsoever in filmmaking. Peter is truly gifted in speaking with youth in their own voice -- meeting them where they are -- and speaking with them, not at them. His presentation proved to us that it is indeed possible to jump right into creating! It's also exciting to experience two completely different points of view based on the same blueprint, providing more proof that we all have our own stories to tell, in our own voices, no matter how limited we feel our resources or experience might be.

Both presentations led directly into the PSA workshops and brainstorming sessions, where we broke into two groups: one led by Taika, and one led by Peter. They were joined by Bird Runningwater and Owl Johnson of the Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program, and also tribal elders and council members of the Saginaw Chippewa community. Guided by the filmmakers, the youth brainstormed ideas about how best to construct a PSA which the tribe will use as a tool to fight against issues facing the community at large, including teen suicide, alcoholism, and drunk driving. After the brainstorming sessions, which were highly energized and full of brilliant ideas, one brave team member from each group stood up to present their teams' favorite ideas and themes to the entire symposium.

The creation of this PSA is a community driven project, fully supported by Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Elders. The next steps are planning meetings based on the theme the youth finally decides on together in their next brainstorm session. We can't wait to see what they come up with and we're proud to be a part of their first dive into combining truth telling with filmed media to effect positive change in their community. Members of Sundance Institute's Native and Indigenous Program, Film Forward, and the Institute at large, are all honored and humbled to take part in the planting of the seeds with the youth here in Mt. Pleasant, and we look forward to advancing the dialogue together.

Peter's closing remarks struck quite a nerve in the room. He reminded the youth that all of us are always growing. We are always facing our demons and fears, and the only way to know you can't do something is to try it! He spoke of his first Q&A session after his screening of Follow Me Home at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was terrified to speak, but now speaks to hundreds of people every month with his film. He also spoke of his near dropout of college, where a professor told him he wasn't worthy of being part of the institution. Instead of believing this, he was encouraged to stay in school, focus on his writing skills, and from there, his career as a screenwriter came to be! You just never know where you will end up. He also reminded the group that both he and Taika are self-taught. He shared stories of conquering his fears and commended his 'young relatives' for the courage and commitment it took each and every one of them to take part in today's long day of activities and education. Instead of apologizing for expressing their voices, he encouraged the youth to build up confidence by taking risks, because a life without risk is not worth living -- just like love requires the risk of rejection, the journey of creativity requires the risk of failure. And we come full circle to Taika's message of encouraging failure. A perfect note to end on.

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Looks like he used his presentation from Doha :)

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Posted May 17, 2011, by Taika Waititi, director of Boy


It's been a great few days here in Michigan -- Saginaw Chippewa country to be exact. Whenever I encounter other indigenous communities I always try to relate their cultures to my own. It's amazing discovering the similarities and becoming enlightened to the differences. One beautiful aspect of today's visit to the Ziibiwing Cultural Centre and Museum was experiencing the Anishinabe creation stories. The thing that stuck out to me was their idea that all other creation stories are valid. They accept that there are many ways to see the creation of our world and our peoples and each take on it is relevant and true. Both Anishinabe and Maori come from an oral tradition, that is, our history and beliefs are passed down through storytelling and practical lessons. It's a beautiful method of keeping culture alive because the stories are alive, told by a person, always evolving and changing to keep the audience engaged. Who's to say the written word is the only reliable source? Everyone knows that history books are always rewritten and "actual events" continue to change through new evidence and alternative viewpoints. Life is like Kurasawa's Rashomon. Heroes in one history become villains in another.

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Shannon Martin, Owl Johnson, George Martin, Bird Runningwater, and Taika Waititi. Photo by Brittany Ballard.

For instance, the great founding father George Washington was also responsible for extinguishing scores of Native lives, comparing them to wolves: "Both being beast of prey, tho' they differ in shape." Nice way to repay Polly Cooper's people, George. There aren't many history books that contain this information, I'm sure. But that history was kept alive by many people orally and passed down through story because the human mind is greater and more reliable than any book. Books can burn but the mind survives generationally, that is what makes oral tradition so great. We have our own mythologies in Aotearoa (New Zealand), and they are similar throughout the entire pacific, including Hawai'i, 4,400 miles across the ocean. These stories didn't travel thousands of miles written down in pages, by satellite, or a network of wires and cables. They were carried in the safest vessels possible, the minds and memories of the people on board. So thanks to the Saginaw Chippewa for reminding me how reliable and valuable storytelling is.

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by emira » Sat May 21, 2011 5:02 am

Taika was on Native America Calling show yesterday. You can listen to it here and watch it here.

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by emira » Tue May 24, 2011 7:16 am

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In this photo: Ty Sanga, D.e. Hyde, Jason Asenap, Dustin Owl Johnson, Allison Anders, Taika Cohen, Tracy Rector, Bird Runningwater, Adam Piron, Sterlin Harjo
New Mexico Update: all our Fellows, Staff, and Creative Advisors have landed safely in Mescalero for the third annual #Sundance NativeLab. Tomorrow, the work begins ...

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by emira » Tue May 24, 2011 7:27 am

Sundance Institue NativeLab starts today in Mescalero, New Mexico and Taika is working there for the next five days.

Creative advisors for the 2011 Sundance Institute NativeLab are Joan Tewkesbury, Sterlin Harjo, Taika Waititi, and Allison Anders.

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by emira » Wed May 25, 2011 6:36 am

@SterlinHarjo Look at this lonely cat @TaikaWaititi http://twitpic.com/525gnf

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@cinejoe Waitress at our steakhouse just asked @TaikaWaititi if he was from Jersey ...
You sound just like my friend from there, she ends, satisfied.


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by emira » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:06 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTHfynNOgRQ[/youtube]

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Awesome news, people! BOY in the US theaters in October! #squee#
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