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Madonna Thunder Hawk to Attend Inaugural Lumbee Film Festival with North Carolina Premiere of ​Warrior Women

Filmmaker Christina D. King will also be in attendance 

Wilmington, NC — Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) is confirmed to attend the first ever Lumbee Film Festival with the film Warrior Women, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This inaugural festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. Tickets are free, and guests are encouraged to RSVP at cucalorus.org/lumbee-film-festival/.

Since the 1970s Madonna Thunder Hawk has been an instrumental voice in the battles for Native sovereignty, and remains vocal in her advocacy for implementing self-determination in tribal youth and fighting the injustice of tribal family separation through the foster care system. Warrior Women, directed by Christina D. King (Creek/Seminole) and Elizabeth A. Castle comes to the Lumbee Film Festival fresh from its US premiere in May at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film presents the untold history of the American Indian Movement through Thunder Hawk’s female perspective, and shares her concern for the next generation of Natives and civil rights activists. Screening with Warrior Women will be the short film Lumbee Spring Moon Powwow directed by John “ManiQ” Whittemore (Lumbee).

Saturday afternoon a powerhouse of shorts in the Lumbee Film Festival Shorts Block will delight and inform audiences: Real Indian directed by Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), After All and Get Up, two films directed by Brannigan Carter (Lumbee), Creation & Hope an animated film directed by Keith Carter (Coharie) and Gia Kereselidze, Ohero:kon directed by Katsitsionni Fox (Mohawk), and Water Warriors directed by Michael Premo. Films submitted as a part of the “Lumbee Filmmaking Challenge” will also screen.

A centerpiece of the first-ever Lumbee Film Festival will be the panel discussion “Who Tells Our Stories: Extraction and Appropriation in Indigenous Communities” with community organizers, filmmakers and tribe members discussing cultural extraction, cultural appropriation, and other issues faced by indigenous communities and their work within the cultural sector.

“This festival is special in so many ways. It’s an honor to have Madonna Thunder Hawk joining us and I’m really looking forward to a dynamic panel discussion where I feel like I have a lot to learn. Add in collard sandwiches and some great films and I think we’ll have a big start for the Lumbee Film Festival next week,” said Dan Brawley, Chief Instigating Officer of the Cucalorus Festival.

“This is a must attend, free community event for all that will leave you with even greater pride in the artistic endeavors and points of view of American Indians across the country and here at home,” said Lumbee Film Festival Director Kim Pevia.

Pevia is joined on the staff by graphic designer Chad Locklear and a programming committee including artist Ashley Minner and filmmaker Malinda Maynor Lowery, all members of the Lumbee Tribe. With 55,000 members, The Lumbee is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest in the nation.

The Lumbee Film Festival is a partnership between the Lumbee Tribe of NC, Cucalorus, and the NC Arts Council. It takes place at the UNCP Entrepreneurship Incubator at 202 Main Street, downtown Pembroke, NC on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 3 p.m.until 9 p.m. Find more information at cucalorus.org/lumbee-film-festival/.

Inaugural Lumbee Film Festival

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. will take place at the UNCP Entrepreneurship Incubator at 202 Main Street, downtown Pembroke. The event is free and open to the public, but please reserve your space in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ lumbee-film-festival-tickets- 46766449710

The Lumbee Film Festival is a partnership between the Lumbee Tribe of NC, Cucalorus, and the NC Arts Council showcasing bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States.

For more information go to http://www.cucalorus.org/ lumbee-film-festival/  or go to the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ events/1654402264608778/

Lumbee Film Festival Schedule
3 p.m. The Lumbee Film Fest Shorts Block includes Real Indian directed by Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), After All and Get Up, two films directed by Brannigan Carter (Lumbee), Creation & Hope an animated film directed by Keith Carter (Coharie) and Gia Kereselidze, Ohero:kon directed by Katsitsionni Fox (Mohawk), Water Warriors directed by Michael Premo, and films submitted as a part of the “Lumbee Filmmaking Challenge.”

4:30 p.m. A panel conversation “Who Tells our Stories: Extraction and Appropriation in Indigenous Communities” with community organizers, filmmakers and tribe members discussing cultural extraction, cultural appropriation, and other issues faced by indigenous communities and their work within the cultural sector.

5:30 p.m. Grand Opening Celebration followed by a reception launching the Lumbee Film Festival with food, drinks and special guests

7 p.m. A feature film “Warrior Women,” with activist Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) and filmmaker Christina D. King (Creek/Seminole) in attendance

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