THROUGH MY EYES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
The second TME film festival was truly a magical event. It showcased the tremendous work of TRIBE Project and their commitment to create bridges between Indigenous artists and non-Native audiences in the city through artistic outreach. The growth of the festival was apparent through breaking the previous film festival's records in number of films, the number of countries represented in those films and the number of people in the audience.
The opening night was an exciting red carpet event at LA's Art District Art Center, ArtShare LA. The event began with powerful opening ceremony, led by three generations of DANZA MEXICA – CUAUHTEMOC dancers. The festival followed the opening ceremony with a electric musical performance from The Cody Blackbird Band, presenting music from their new album Time. The audiences were captivated by Blackbird's relevant and compelling lyrics. The night ended seven short films from North America. The line up included three selections from Sundance's Native American and Indigenous Program: Hashtł’ishnii (Mud), The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets, and NUUCA. The other films ranged in content from the subversive and hysterical parody about the controversy surrounding the DAPL pipeline, No Reservations, to a dramatic narrative of two sisters both first nation but separated by the system, Just One Word.
On the second day of the festival, we showcased over 40 films from 23 different counties.
The festival ended with a panel discussions that explored the intersection of Indigenous identity and the world of entertainment: Actors as Activists, Indigenous in The Industry, and Cultural Creativity and Composition. Our panels were moderated by Jenny Marlowe and featured industry professionals from many arenas entertainment.