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This pair of programs is organized by COUSIN Collective, established in 2018 to support Indigenous artists working with experimental approaches to filmmaking. In an intergenerational pairing, a first segment brings together Fox Maxy’s Rotterdam-prize-winning Maat Means Land (2020) and Arlene Bowman’s Native cinema touchstone Navajo Talking Picture (1985). Maxy’s kaleidoscopic short, created during the COVID-19 lockdown from a range of recorded and animated imagery, explores identities of self and place in Southern California in an evocative juxtaposition with the study of family ties and cinematic representation Bowman made as a film student at UCLA. A conversation between the filmmakers is moderated by Adam Khalil and Adam Piron of COUSIN.
The presentation also features a wide-ranging moving-image compilation that brings together new and recent work by collaborators, friends, and COUSIN artist members. Celebrating new cinematic talents and interdisciplinary artists active in music, the visual arts, and performance, Cycle ∞ proposes a “discursive errantry.” In showcasing the vibrant Indigenous-led film movement it has thrived in and fostered, COUSIN highlights the many narratives and visual strategies active in recording contemporary stories, shaping new forms of self-expression, and imagining Indigenous futures. The program features work by Razelle Benally, Thirza Cuthand, Jeremy Dennis, Demian DinéYazhi’, Elisa Harkins and Nathan Young, Sky Hopinka, Woodrow Hunt, Suzanne Kite and Devin Ronneberg, Alexandra Lazarowich, Cannupa Hanska Luger, New Red Order, Adam Piron, Fallon Simard, Krista Belle Stewart, and Nathan Young and Warren Realrider.
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