2nd annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival

Date: Mar 19, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021

Where: Virtual Event

About the Event:

Sarasota, Florida (March 16, 2021) -The 2nd annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival will take

place virtually from March 19th until March 28th, 2021. The mission of the event, based in Sarasota,

Florida, is to present cinematic works related to the experience of indigenous people in the Americas. The

festival is presented by the Sarasota Film Festival with support from the Boxser Diversity Initiative, in

collaboration with the Native Reel Cinema Festival, the Stranahan House Museum, and the Ah-Tah-Thi-

Ki Museum of Seminole Culture and History. The event is free and open to the public to watch.

Showcasing a diverse program of over 20 films, the Sarasota Native American Film Festival will

feature the World Premiere of the feature documentary “Finding Angola: Manatee’s County First

Black Community,” directed by Charles Clapsaddle, about the Bradenton, Florida-based

community founded by escaped slaves and Seminoles in the early 1800s. The festival will also

feature a retrospective of films from the First Nations Mi’kmaq filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin,

including the World Premiere of her new documentary “The Basket Maker” that honors

generations of women who have used their skills and knowledge to create traditional art.

Among other programming highlights are films by the noted Seminole/Muskogee director Sterlin Harjo,

short films by emerging indigenous filmmakers, music videos by Seminole artists, and a spotlight on

alligator wrestling. The festival will also showcase “Smoke Signals,” the seminal 1998 road-trip dramedy

directed by Chris Eyre, as well as “Songs My Brother Taught Me,” the debut feature from the

celebrated, Academy Award-nominated director Chloe Zhao. Her film’s story focuses on life at the Pine

Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Lakota.

The virtual program will showcase films, live Q&As with the filmmakers behind the films, and panels that

speak to the Native American/Indigenous Peoples experience. Of particular note is the panel Listen and

Learn: key issues in Native American Life, which will feature leaders from the Lakota, Navajo, Seminole,

Pueblo and First Nations people discussing vital topics.

"The resounding success of last year's Sarasota Native American Indian Festival was indicative of

audiences yearning for more representation of undertold stories in arts and entertainment," said Mark

Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. "This year's festival will continue to champion this

important community and we hope audiences continue to be delighted with the groundbreaking

storytelling with our lineup.”

"For the past 12 years, our mission has been to encourage a better understanding of the diverse groups,

racial, religious and gender in Southwest Florida. In partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival, the first

Native American Film Festival was held in 2020,” said Dan Boxser, of the Boxser Diversity Initiative. “It's

purpose is to inform, educate and entertain about a group of peoples who might not be on everyone's

radar. We are excited that this year we can are bringing together indigenous peoples from all over North


“I am very honored that the Sarasota Film festival reached out to The Native Reel Cinema Festival

to help be involved with their beautiful event. With this great collaboration I feel it will broaden the

focus and light on Native/Indigenous films, Directors, actors, and most importantly our stories.

MVTO!,” said Everett Osceola, President and Co-founder of Native Reel Cinema Festival.

The Sarasota Native American Film Festival will be available through the website

www.sarasotanativeff.com as well as on Sarasota Film Festival’s website starting on March 19th.

For more information on the Sarasota Film Festival, which will be taking place April 30th-May 9th,

2021 please go to: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.

About The Sarasota Film Festival

Held annually in Sarasota, Florida, the Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside

exciting programs and events, with more than 200 films screened each year including features,

documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering its 23rd year, the festival brings the best new and

established independent filmmakers to the Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase its

idyllic Gulf Coast community. The festival is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and also offers a year-round

educational program, which reaches thousands of local students through classic film showcases, film

contests, summer camps and instructional

For additional information please visit: https:// www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/


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