What: At the opening ceremony of Native American Heritage Month, acclaimed film director Sterlin Harjo will be the keynote speaker to talk about his experiences as a Native American film maker and his comments and thoughts on how Native Americans have been depicted in American film. There will also be a performance by the Red Hawk Dance Troupe who are based in Brooklyn and a free “Indian Taco Dinner.”
The Artist: Director Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) was selected in 2006 as one of the inaugural recipients (and the first Native American recipient) of the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship, which is supported by a consortium of major foundations. Also in 2006 Harjo won the top Creative Promise Award from Tribeca All Access for his script Before the “Beast Returns” (working title). Harjo’s first feature film “Four Sheets to the Wind” premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and has been widely screened nationally and internationally at film festivals and art cinemas. To enable concentrated work on this production, Harjo was selected in 2004 as one of the Sundance Institute’s first five Annenberg Film Fellows.
When/Where: The event will be on Thursday, November 4 from 7:30PM to 9:30PM in John Jay Lounge.