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Saturday, November 22, 2008

First People's Native American Film Festival

November 24th - 26th
6pm at The Edward King House
35 King Street in Newport, Rhode Island

Honoring Our Own Power (HOOP) a Native American nonprofit is holding a groundbreaking film festival right here in Newport, RI. Come join us in honor of National Native American Month, when HOOP presents the best in local and National Indigenous filmmaking.

Rich-Heape Films a Native American owned company which has created films that have aired on ABC and PBS, will be screening their latest feature films that include such stars as Wes Studi and James Earl Jones. Another featured partner of the festival event is WGBH/PBS' "ReelNatives" project to provide premiere screenings of short films made by Natives of this area, and finally Honoring Our Own Power has expanded collaborations to include the New England premiere of "When Your Hands Are Tied," the film that includes former Governor of Nambe Pueblo (of Tewa Indians) Tom Talache, produced by Boccella Productions & The Harber Charitable Trust. An amazing depiction of Native Americans in a modern day world. All of these films are a must-see, and the event is sure to be the highlight of the month for local film festivals.

Sponsors for this event include the Rhode Island based, internationally renowned Tijer Lily Co, "A Native American Arts and Entertainment Company."www.TijerLilyCo.com

The First People's Film Festival at the historic Edward King House, 35 King Street, Newport, RI. Capacity: 100 people per night. Tickets: $9.00

Reservations: honoringourownpower@threehoops.com
Donations: http://fi­rstgiving.org

Tickets are already being reserved for each night - seats are filling up fast, so call 401-835-4806 or email honoringourownpower@threehoops.com to reserve your seat now.

Mon, November 24th @ 6pm:

Opening: Paulla Dove Jennings, Narragansett
"ReelNative" Short Films
PEANTAM ("Prayers"), by Linda Morceau, Chief Woman Sachem of the Chappiquiddic Tribe (MA)
Exile, by Robert Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag (MA)
Untitled, by Courtney Leonard, Shinnecock (NY) - currently being screened nationally at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

Feature Film:
"Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Legacy" by Rich-Heape Films
This multi award winning and moving documentary features Wes Studi with narration from James Earl Jones

Closing Short Film:
Indigenous Invisibility, by Wanda Jean Lord, Cherokee/Choctaw

Tues, November 25th @ 6pm:

Opening: Gary Goodman, Dine/Navajo
ReelNative Short Films
Survivor, by Bruce Curliss, Nipmuc (MA)
Hope Bigger than 16 Seconds, by Keely Curliss, Nipmuc (MA)
Caleb's Legacy, by Raquel Chapa, Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cheroke­e

Feature Film:

"Our Spirits Don't Speak English" by Rich-Heape Films
Closing Short Film:
Indigenous Invisibility, by Wanda Jean Lord, Cherokee/Choctaw

Wed, November 26th: @ 6pm

Opening: Gary Goodman, Dine/Navajo
1st Feature (1 hour showing):
Tales of Wonder, by Rich-Heape Films
2nd Feature Film:
"When Your Hands Are Tied" by Boccella Productions & The Harber Charitable Foundation. This visual adventure tells and shows the tale of modern and well known Native Americans in their quest to live in a modern world with traditional values and what it takes to achieve this and so much more.

Closing Short Film:
Indigenous Invisibility, by Wanda Jean Lord, Cherokee/Choctaw and Special screening of: Casino Indian, by Rebecca Levy, Pequot/Narragansett (CT).

Native Art, Jewelry, Music & Film Vendors:

Deborah Moorehead, Wampanoag - Art
Kerwin Davenport, Meskwaki
Honoring Our Own Power - Films

Four Native Vendors spaces available at no fee for more info call 401-835-4806.
Capacity: 100 people per night
Tickets: $9.00
Reservations: honoringourownpower@threehoops.com
Donations: http://fi­rstgiving.org

Tickets are already being reserved for each night - seats are filling up fast, so call 401-835-4806 or email honoringourownpower@threehoops.com to reserve your seat now.

Sponsorship Inquiries: Call 401-835-4806

For more information visit their website www.edwardkinghouse.com

For more information on WBGH's "ReelNatives" project visit: www.pbs.org/amex/weshallremain

For more information on the multi award winning company Rich-Heape Films visit: www.richheape.com

For more information on the multi award winning film "When Your Hands Are Tied" visit: www.whenyourhandsaretied.org

For more info on Honoring Our Own Power's work visit: http://firstgiving.org/honoringourownpower and http://threehoops.com

When you arrive don't forget to thank our Volunteers!
Gary Goodman, Dine (Navajo)
Don Blake, Assonet Wampanoag
Lucas James Xavier Kolasa
Sabrina Arruda
and special thanks to HOOP Board Member, Eden Lahr, for her sponsorship of 10 teens from the Newport Boys & Girls Club to attend the Tuesday, November 25th film screenings.

Honoring Our Own Power
21 Burdick Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
401-835-4806

Special thanks to Robert Silent Thunder for creating the logo for Honoring Our Own Power (HOOP), for more information on his work visit www.silentthunder.com.
(This is not an RIFC Event)

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