The 12th annual Native FilmFest, which features films by, about and starring Native Americans and other indigenous peoples, opens in Palm Springs this week.
Feature films, documentaries and shorts will be shown Feb. 27-March 3 at Camelot Theatres, and filmmakers and actors will answer questions afterward. The festival is organized by the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.
On Tuesday night, Michelle Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside, will set the stage for the festival with a free lecture about Native American and indigenous films. On Wednesday night, the festival will open with a mixer and screening of Norwegian film "Pathfinder."
Filmmaker and educator Chris Eyre, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Oklahoma, will receive the first Richard M. Milanovich Award for Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film. Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who died last year, always attended the festival and was a film aficionado, according to organizers.
Eyre's film "Hide Away" will be screened at the festival, and he will conduct film lecture workshops for local students. Free passes to the festival will be given to students.
Receptions will be held daily between the afternoon and evening screenings, where filmgoers can buy food and drinks and talk with filmmakers, directors and actors.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for those 60 and over, 16 and under, students and active military. All Access Passes, which are good for all screenings, are $70.
For information, call (760) 778-1079 or go to www.accmuseum.org.