Niwot Native American Film Festival

Native American Film Festival between October, 2013 and May, 2014. 7:30 p.m.   Location: Elysian Fields Auction Co., 6924 79th St., Niwot 

Look for flags along 79th Street in Niwot near intersection of Niwot Rd. & 79th St. in Niwot.

The Niwot Native American Film Festival welcomes you to view award winning documentaries, narrative shorts, animation and feature film from the world of Native American independent filmmakers, several with premiere screening in Colorado.

Ava Hamilton of Native American Producers Alliance & Film Festival Curator / Director will introduce the documentaries and films. 

Screenings are FREE with a suggested donation.  

Sponsors:  Native American Producers Alliance (NAPA), Ni-wot Prairie Productions (NPP), Elysian Fields Auction Company, Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and WHIZZBang Studios

For information, please contact: Elizabeth Darling at: DarlinginNiwot@aol.com or 303-931-3084.  Native American Producers Alliance and Ni-wot Prairie Productions are 501(c)(3) organizations.

 

Film dates:

January - May 2014 - Dates to be announced. 

 

April 11, 2014 

Once We Had a River - Native American social justice film by Jack Kohler and Anecita Agustinez
In 1880, five tribes were moved onto reservations along the San Luis Rey River through treaties enforced by the United States. Then in 1895, a diversion dam was built on the La Jolla Indian Reservation without their consent, diverting all of the water for the five reservations, to the newly founded City of Escondido. The United States sanctioned that act, uncontested until 1967. Then the newly formed California Indian Legal Services filed a lawsuit on behalf of the tribes. For forty seven years CILS and the tribes have been fighting for water that once ran through their reservations. Today, they must buy back that water from the City of Escondido. Once We Had a River uncovers the history of this struggle.

 

Jack Kohler - Film Maker, Actor, Musician Winner of the Eagle Spirit Award at the 2006 American Indian Film Festival, SF, CA

Jack Kohler is a Hoopa Tribal member from Nothern California whose people reside along the Klamath and Trinity rivers. Jack is the Media Director for the United Auburn Indian Community tribal school. He has worked for the American Indian Film Institute mentoring students on reservations and rancherias in California on how to make films. He has been an independent producer for Native American Public Telecommunications since 2000.

Jack graduated from Stanford University with a Civil Engineering degree. He became a member of the Actor's Equity Association in 1995 and became a SAG actor in 1997. He was the lead in the "Outdoor Epic Drama Tecumseh" for 5 summers before he began producing films. He won the Eagle Spirit award from the American Indian Film Festival in 2006. He co-produced "California's Lost Tribes" and "River of Renewal" which is currently still being aired on PBS. Awards include Cine Award and Best Documentary Feature at the American Indian Festival and the Native Film Festival of South Carolina. He co-directed, co-wrote and edited "Behind the Door of a Secret Girl" which has won 14 awards to date. His series "On Native Ground" began airing in 2012.