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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.

THE 2022 NFI FILM CLUB LINE-UP WILL BE ANNOUNCED SUMMER 2022!

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!

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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.