Native American Films Featured at NMU

Tuesday 3, 2015

MARQUETTE, Mich.— Three films will be shown at Northern Michigan University in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month: Our Fires Still Burn at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12; Christmas in the Clouds at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16; and Smoke Signals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. All three will be shown in the Whitman Hall Commons with a discussion following each screening. The public is invited free of charge.

Our Fires Still Burn dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared. It reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make great contributions to society. Filmmaker Audrey Geyer will be a special guest at the event.

Christmas in the Clouds is a classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American tribe. Shot on location at the Sundance Resort in Utah, this is the first contemporary romantic comedy to feature an almost entirely American Indian cast. The film was featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Smoke Signals is a humorous-yet-serious story about Victor, a young man who is trying to forgive his father. The movie gives viewers a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world and features an almost exclusively Native American cast.

Shirley Brozzo of the NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center will lead the final two post-film discussions. The MERC and NMU Center for Native American Studies are sponsoring the screenings. 

Cassidy Hinshaw
Student Writer