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February 17, 2014

Sam Noble Museum hosts Native Crossroads Film Festival

NORMAN — The Second Annual Native Crossroads Film Festival will highlight a combination of both short-length and feature-length films, exploring the festival’s theme of linkage between tribal land and indigenous cultural identities.

Each screening will be paired with a roundtable discussion intended to inspire conversations between filmmakers, campus scholars, community and tribal organizations, as well as writers and performers.

Three of this years festival selections making their Oklahoma premiere include the film adaptation of the novel “Winter In The Blood;” “The Lesser Blessed” by Richard Van Camp; and “Satellite Boy,” an Aboriginal film from Australia. Writer/director Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy) will attend the screening.

In addition to screenings, the festival will feature diverse speakers addressing the theme of this year’s event including LaDuke (Anishinaabe), American Indian activist, environmentalist and former vice presidential candidate of the Green Party on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader, as well as Dr. Michelle Raheja (Seneca), one of the leading film scholars in Indian country who currently teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

The festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit cas.ou.edu/native-crossroads.

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