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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.

2022 NFI FILM CLUB SEASON: SELF-DISCOVERY THROUGH SPORTS

The 2022 season of the NFI Film Club presents "Self-Discovery Through Sports," a triptych of films curated to engage Montana youth with unique and uplifting stories of Native and Indigenous individuals across North America who are harnessing the power of sport for self-discovery. Three modern-day films highlight the strength of Native and Indigenous mover-and-shakers working to push the boundaries of their sport for positive growth and robust change, through skateboarding (JOE BUFFALO), mountain biking (THE TRAILS BEFORE US) and fishing (CONNECTION).

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 2022 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. 

MORE INFO Are you an educator or administrator interested in more information about this program? Email Director of Education, Julia Sherman, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information, or to be added to our Youth Programs email list!

2022 NFI Film Club Schedule & Films:

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OCTOBER FILM

Live Virtual Q&A W/ Film Team - Wednesday, October 12 @ 1:00PM MST!

 

Exploring SKATEBOARDING with JOE BUFFALO – Amar Chebib, Hayley Morin, Joe Buffalo, Mack Stannard  –  Canada, 2021, 16 minutes

Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboard legend. He’s also a survivor of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential School system. Following a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro. *THIS FILM IS RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 9-12* Register below to receive a screening link to the film, free discussion guide, and access to our live virtual Q&A!

Film Website

Printable Discussion Guide

Interactive (Hyperlink-accessible) Discussion Guide

Live Q&A w/ Subject Joe Buffalo, Producer Hayley Morin and Director Amar Chebib - Wednesday, October 12 @ 1:00 PM MST!

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NOVEMBER FILM

Exploring MOUNTAIN BIKING with THE TRAILS BEFORE US – Fritz Bitsoie, Emma Hsu Jackson, Luke Tate, Crista Garcia  –  USA, 2021, 13 minutes

THE TRAILS BEFORE US follows 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker as he hosts the first Enduro race in the Navajo Nation.  Through revitalizing old sheep and livestock trails on his grandparents’ land, Nigel and a new generation of riders honor the connection to their land, community, and culture. *THIS FILM IS RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES K-12, WITH LIGHT SUBTITLES*

Discussion Guide Coming Soon!

Live Q&A w/ Director Fritz Bitsoie, Producer Emma Jackson and Subject Nigel James TBA

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DECEMBER FILM

Exploring FISHING with CONNECTION – Tracy Nguyen-Chung, Ciara Lacy, Autumn Harry –  USA, 2020, 9 minutes

A lifelong angler, Autumn Harry had never fished beyond the waters of her reservation — until she picked up a fly rod. On a trip to Washington to cast for steelhead, she unpacks what it means to overcome her own image of who is a fly fisher and uses the sport to fight for conservation. 

Discussion Guide Coming Soon!

Live Q&A w/ Director Tracy Nguyen-Chung, Producer Ciara Lacy, and Subject Autumn Harry TBA

 

PAST FILM CLUB FILMS   

          

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PAST FILM DISCUSSION GUIDES

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

FILM VIEWING RESOURCES

Double-Entry Viewing Sheet 


 

Major support for the NFI Film Club is provided by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Llewellyn Foundation and Humanities Montana. Support is also provided by the Greater Montana Foundation, benefitting the people of Montana by encouraging communications, with an emphasis on electronic media, on issues, trends, and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans. Additional support for the NFI Film Club is provided by the Montana Community Foundation and the Montana Office of Public Instruction.