March 4-9, 2014 @ Camelot Theatres
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Now celebrating its 13th season, Native FilmFest – a signature cultural program of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum – is one of the most highly regarded events of its kind. The festival presents the best in films by, about, and starring Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples from around the world. Screenings are followed by informative Q&A sessions with filmmakers, directors, and actors in attendance.  

Elizabeth Weatherford, Founder and Director of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, returns as our Guest Programmer. Her participation in the festival is made possible through our Museum’s partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. 

The festival will present important new Native feature films such as the Navajo Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (In Navajo, with English subtitles) and Maïna starring award-winning Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal.  The diversity of subject matter and stunningly beautiful cinematography of films such as the documentary Desert Dreams and the poignant short film Miss Chief: Justice of the Piece is sure to engage and inform, as well as, entertain.

Opening the festival on Tuesday evening is Views on Native Film – a free lecture byNancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. (Chiricahua Apache), Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In fall 2014, Dr. Mithlo will be Chair of American Indian Studies at Autry National Center in Los Angeles.  Her lecture is entitled, Can You Hear Me?: Silence as an Indigenous Representational Strategy in Film.

Richard M. Milanovich, the late Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, was a lover of film and, each year, attended Native FilmFest. The Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film established in his name honors those who have distinguished themselves by their meritorious work in Indigenous film.  The 2014 Award will be presented to Tantoo Cardinal on Saturday evening at the 8:00 screening.

An accomplished and celebrated actress, Tantoo Cardinal has advanced Aboriginal performing arts throughout the world, blazing a trail in an industry where few roles for Aboriginal women previously existed.  Among her 80-plus credits are Dances with WolvesBlack RobeSmoke Signals, and North of 60.  Acting and speaking are only two of the many ways she contributes to society, dedicating her life to ensuring Aboriginal people, their cultures, and the historic and current issues impacting their communities are fairly represented throughout the arts. In 2010, Ms. Cardinal was inducted as a Member into the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions.

There will be tented public receptions daily between the 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. screenings where filmgoers can visit with others attending the festival, including filmmakers, directors, and actors. Café Internationale at Camelot Theatres will offer tasty meals and beverages at nominal cost.

The festival promises to be an entertaining and illuminating week of Indigenous film.  For additional information,call 760.833.8169 or contact


NOTE: All screenings will be held at Camelot Theatres

All Access Pass $50.00 (includes all screenings)

Adult: $50.00
Senior Adults(60+) = $7.00
Youth(16-) = $7.00
Students = $7.00
Active Military Personnel = $7.00

To purchase your tickets in-person, visit:
Camelot Theatres Box Office
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2300 E. Baristo Road,
Palm Springs, CA, 92262,
Box Office: 760-325-6565

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