Lincoln, Nebraska - Mark the date and get ready for a week of Indigenous culture, movie binge-watching and popcorn. The Biennial 2020 Vision Maker Film Festival is set for April 22-30. The citywide film festival brings the latest and greatest Native American and diverse films to Lincoln, Nebraska.
Marcella Gilbert (left) and Elizabeth Castle (right) discuss "Warrior Women" with a packed auditorium at the Vision Maker Media Indigenous Women's Film Festival.
"It's a chance to bring what we do at Vision Maker to our local community," Executive Director Shirley Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) said. "Not only do we showcase some of our best films, we also bring in a few of our filmmakers, so our attendees have a chance to ask questions and participate in meaningful discussions about the topics they just viewed."
The films, locations and filmmakers are still to be determined as planning continues.
The 2018 Vision Maker Film Festival, "We Are All Related," brought over 30 Indigenous and diverse films including RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, On a Knife Edge, Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian, Dawnland and We Breathe Again.
Film topics ranged from Native rock stars, indigenous health and foodways, Native culture, environmental issues, ancient tattoo practices, LGBTQ+ rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act, history and more.
"There's a film for everyone," Assistant Director Rebekka Schlichting said. "We cover such a broad range of topics ranging from serious social-rights issues to upbeat tales of cultural revitalization."
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), Canadian-American singer-songwriter.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), a Canadian-American singer-songwriter known for her work with Indigenous issues and who was featured in the Vision Maker Media (VMM) film RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, starred in a Q&A with Executive Director Shirley Sneve following the screening.
"We can't wait to bring even more to the table for the 2020 film festival," Sneve said. "Sharing stories is so important to growing diversity and public understanding."
Want to get involved in the 2020 Vision Maker Film Festival?
You can donate or check out our variety of sponsorship levels available. Please contact Project Coordinator Alana Stone at email@example.com and visit our website for more information at visionmakermedia.org.