The Native Filmmaker Initiative Film Club is a virtual youth education outreach program that screens a curated selection of Indigenous-made documentary films in classrooms across Montana. Following the screenings, filmmakers visit classrooms virtually for a live Q&A and discussion activities rooted in Montana's Indian Education for All Essential Understandings. Film Club discussions are led by the Big Sky Film Institute in collaboration with Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Indian Education Specialists as well as participating filmmakers to talk in-depth about the process of filmmaking.
2023 NFI FILM CLUB SEASON: CELEBRATING CULTURES & HONORING TRADITIONAL PRACTICES
The 2023 season of the NFI Film Club presents "Celebrating Cultures & Honoring Traditional Practices," a triptych of films curated to engage Montana youth with unique and uplifting stories of Native and Indigenous individuals across the globe North America who are building strength through their communities and upholding traditional practices in the modern day. Three up-and-coming films highlight the strength of Native and Indigenous mover-and-shakers working to celebrate the cultural practices they grew up in and honor their traditions through community organizing, traditional fishing practices, and art.
HOW IT WORKS Running October through December, each Film Club event will focus on diverse Indigenous subjects and topics. Consult the discussion guides to help adapt the Film Club activities into social studies, science, history or other areas of study. Films are available to view in advance of Film Club discussions and each classroom will receive access to discussion guides and instructions on how to join the live Q&A.
REGISTER YOUR CLASSROOM Registration for Film Club 2023 is opening soon! Click "Register" on the select film(s) to sign up your classroom to participate. Registration includes a screening link to the film with details to join a live filmmaker Q&A (below), and accompanied discussion guides.
JOE BUFFALO | THE TRAILS BEFORE US | CONNECTION
THE WATER WALKER | FRUITS OF LABOR | SWEETHEART DANCERS
IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS | BLACKFEET BOXING: NOT INVISIBLE | FAST HORSE
IN THE SPIRIT OF ʔATATÍcEʔ | RETURN | RUMBLE
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS NFI FILM CLUB SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!
The NFI Film Club is supported by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Humanities Montana, and the Montana Office of Public Instruction.