Oklahoma’s Native American community has made so many contributions in our state, including the visual arts and filmmaking. Join us on Friday, July 18th from 6-8 for a casual evening event to celebrate Native American film and filmmakers as the kickoff to the upcoming In COLOR film festival August 22nd and 23rd.
Special guest filmmakers Matt Barse and Mark WIlliams will present trailers to their upcoming film projects and talk about what it means to be a filmmaker in Oklahoma. Barse’s film “I Said I Would Never Paint This Way Again” explored the work of the Urban Indian 5 art collective and their work with the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. Mark William’s supernatural film explores the secrets of the reportedly haunted Grisso Mansion. Rounding out this wonderful event is a special art exhibition by artists from Urban Indian 5!
Oklahoma is also developing a rich tradition in film through the vision of Native American filmmakers. Visionaries such as Sterlin Harjo have achieved prominence in film because of their dedication to the craft of strong narratives and story telling! Below is a trailer for his highly celebrated film ” Four Sheets to the Wind” a solid example of the quality films being made by Oklahoma’s Native American artist.