The Briscoe Western Art Museum’s 4th Annual Native Film Series showcases a selection of unique films that feature original and diverse indigenous stories. All were directed, written, produced by, and/or star Native Americans. Documentary filmmaker Julianna Brannum (Comanche) curated the series and will lead a discussion after each screening. Included with museum admission.
Saturday, March 16 | 2:00pm
Warrior Women tells the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, a leader in the American Indian Movement, and her daughter, Marcy, as they continue to fight for Native rights.
Saturday, April 20 | 2:00pm
José, a young Indigenous boy, finds himself torn between living a traditional life in his rural community with his grandmother, or joining his mother in Mexico City.
Julianna Brannum is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her first film, The Creek Runs Red, was selected to air on PBS’s national prime-time series, Independent Lens. Ms. Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow and has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative, National Geographic, Women in Film, ITVS, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Vision Maker Media, and the Sundance Documentary Fund for her public television documentaryLaDonna Harris: Indian 101. Ms. Brannum most recently served as Series Producer on the PBS series, “Native America”, produced by Providence Pictures. Ms. Brannum is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.
The series is curated by Professor Andrew Patrick Nelson, PhD, from the School of Film and Photography, Montana State University- Bozeman. Dr. Nelson will lead a lecture beginning at 1:00 p.m. followed immediately by the film. This is included with museum admission.
Lonely are the Brave (David Miller, 1962; 107 min)
Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m.
The old-fashioned values of the cowboy confront the modern world in this mournful hymn to rugged individualism. Kirk Douglas plays a free-spirited ranch hand whose uncompromising spirit is severely challenged after he breaks out of jail for a minor offense and finds the entire county’s police force on his trail, helicopters and all.
Smoke Signals (Chris Eyre, 1998; 89 min)
Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m.
What it means to be “Indian” in contemporary America is the issue at the heart of director Chris Eyre’s breakout feature about an unlikely pair of young men from the Coeur D’Alene Indian Reservation (Adam Beach and Evan Adams) on a road trip to Phoenix.
Thelma and Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991; 130 min)
Sunday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Traditional gender stereotypes are upended in this unconventional road movie from director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, The Martian) about a meek housewife and a sharp-tongued waitress (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) on the run from the law across the American Southwest.
Junior Bonner (Sam Peckinpah, 1972; 110 min)
Sunday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m.
Sparks fly when a middle-aged rodeo rider (Steve McQueen) returns to his Arizona hometown in search of his final eight seconds of fame. The most personal film of famed Western director Sam Peckinpah (Ride the High Country, The Wild Bunch).
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