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MONTANA FIVE RIVERS FESTIVAL OF FILM PRESENTS: AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE
MYTHIC WEST

The Montana Five Rivers Festival is presenting a three-day special program,
September 21-23, 2000, in Missoula, Montana. Centered on the theme:
"American Indians and the Mythic West," the festival intends to examine, in
films and filmmaking, the treatment of American Indians, non-Indians and the
West. The program will include a full-day academic conference co-presented
by The University of Montana, and four film screenings and two panel
discussions over two days.  Prominent filmmakers will be joining the program
to represent their work in post-screening Q&A sessions and in panel
discussions.  Those scheduled to participate include Jim Jarmusch, Sherman
Alexie, and Kenneth Turan.

406.777.1777  Festival Passes ($100 VIP admittance) call 406.543.2927
www.fiveriversfestival.org


THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, September 21   The University of Montana Academic Conference,
AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE MYTHIC WEST
    UC Theatre, The University of Montana University Center, 3rd Floor (next
to Ballroom)

 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Screenings and Panel Discussion (free and open to
the public)
    HAND GAME (70min), Lawrence Johnson, Jackie Peterson
    SACRED JOURNEY OF THE NEZ PERCE (57min), Dennis Aig
 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Screening and Key Note Address (free and open to the
public)
    A SONG FOR DEAD WARRIORS (20min), Saul Landau
Keynote Address: Fighting for Survival in the Age of Corporate
Globalization: Indigenous People
from Chiapas to the Amazon, from Patagonia to Alaska, Saul Landau
 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Screening and Discussion (free and open to the
public)
    LAST STAND AT LITTLE BIG HORN (53min), Paul Stekler, James Welch
 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Staged Play Reading and Discussion directed by Greg
Johnson
UM-Montana Theatre (free and open to the public), Indians, Arthur Kopit
 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Screening and Discussion ($5)
    BIG EDEN (118min) Tom Bezucha, Eric Schweig

Friday, September 22   MONTANA Five Rivers Festival of Film Special
Presentation, AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE MYTHIC WEST
    The Wilma Theatre (WT) and the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain
West (CRMW)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Screening and Q&A for High School students moderated
by Shawn Michael Perry (WT)
POWWOW HIGHWAY (90min), Toyomichi Kurita, Isis Mussenden, John Trudell
 12:30 noon - 2:30 p.m. Screening and Q&A for High School students moderated
by Shawn Michael Perry (WT)
    SMOKE SIGNALS (89min), Brian Berdan, John Trudell
 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.  Reading and Book Signing (MCT Center-free and open to
the public)
    Toughest Indian in the World (short story collection), Sherman Alexie
One Stick Song (collection of poetry), Sherman Alexie
 6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.  Screening and Q&A moderated by Kate Shanley (WT $5)
POWWOW HIGHWAY (90min), Toyomichi Kurita, Isis Mussenden, John Trudell
 9:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Screening and Q&A moderated by Chris Cronyn (WT $5)
    DEAD MAN (120min) Jim Jarmusch, Bob Ziembicki
11:30 p.m. -  Late Night Gathering (Passholders Only)

Saturday, September 23

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion #1 (CRMW- free and open to the
public)
    STORYTELLING AND THE CRAFT OF FILMMAKING
    Brian Berdan, Arthur Kopit, Toyomichi Kurita, Isis Mussenden, Bob
Ziembicki
   Moderator: Kenneth Turan, film critic, The Los Angeles Times
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion #2 (CRMW - free and open to the
public)
    TREATMENT OF AMERICAN INDIANS IN FILMS AND FILMMAKING
    Sherman Alexie, Jim Jarmusch, Pamela Roberts, Paul Stekler, John
Trudell,  James Welch
 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Filmmaker Reception  (Passholders Only)
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Screening and Q&A moderated by James Welch (WT $5)
BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS: OR SITTING BULL'S HISTORY LESSON (120min),
Arthur Kopit
 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Screening and Q&A moderated by Debra Earling (WT
$5)
    SMOKE SIGNALS (89min), Sherman Alexie, Brian Berdan, John Trudell
 10:00 p.m. -   Closing Night Gathering (Passholders Only)

Special Screenings Friday, September 22

 10.00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  GEORGE WALLACE: SETTN' THE WOODS ON FIRE (3hrs),
Paul Stekler, (The New Crystal Theatre-free and open to the public)
 2:00  p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  I WILL DANCE FOR YOU (1hr), Liliane de Kermadec,
(The New Crystal Theatre-free and open to the public)

Lynn Purl
Liberal Studies
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-5314
(406) 243-5313 FAX

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