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We Still Live Here
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Film Festival in SarajevoSeptember has been a quiet month, but all that is about to change! In a few days, I'll be in Bosnia and Herzegovina to give film workshops and screen We Still Live Here at the MESS Festival in Sarajevo and in four other cities during October as part of the awesome American Film Showcase. I was fascinated to learn of Bosnians' strong interest in Native American history and culture, and am eager to hear their take on the film. 
 
We Still Live Here also screens at the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University on October 27th. Read more
 
Indios no BrasilIn November, I'm off to Brazil for another Showcase adventure to present more screenings and workshops throughout the country. I am really looking forward to learning more about the burgeoning indigenous film movement there, and to sharing the screenings and workshops with indigenous filmmakers from many parts of Brazil.

national museum of the american indianMeanwhile back in the USA, November is Native American History month. I am thrilled that We Still Live Here will screen twice a day every day during Thanksgiving week at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. There are also November screenings at the National Geographic Society as part of the All Roads Film Festival, and at Ohio Wesleyan. Visit our screenings page for details

Reflections on a
Busy Summer

Maoris singingAs I write this, I am on the train home after a busy few days at the Independent Film Week conference in New York, watching the leaves change color as we bump our way North and reflecting on the fullness of summer. I'm remembering the wonderful screening of We Still Live Here at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York as part of an international conference on indigenous language revitalization. The rousing songs performed by thirty Maoris from New Zealand were a definite highlight. A few days later we screened We Still Live Here at Mohegan Sun as part of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference, attended by hundreds of educators in the field.

Post-Screening AwardsThen came seven screenings at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I also showed clips of the film and spoke at the Mass History Conference in Worcester where I was joined in a lively discussion by awesome Jessie Little Doe Baird, who had just been honored there with the Bay State Legacy Award. 
 
Film classes at Hotchkiss, Summer 2012In July, I taught documentary filmmaking in a three week summer Portal on leadership and social change at the Hotchkiss School, right in my hometown of Lakeville, Connecticut. It was a treat to stay in one place for a while! We had an amazing group of students, half of them Native American kids about to enter Harvard or Yale. They all brought their unique and compelling stories with them. It was great to watch their ideas turn into films, and to be back in the role of teacher and mentor. My filmmaking career started long ago when I was an English teacher having students make short films in the classroom, and then became hooked on film myself.
 
Screening in NantucketIn August, screenings in Montreal at the First People's Film Festival and at the Whaling Museum on Nantucket bookended an actual vacation, a trip to the lovely Islands and Highlands of Scotland with my husband Charles.
vacation

It has been great to spend September mostly at home in the country. I am now eager to bring We Still Live Here and the Our Mother Tongues Website out into the wider world. Sarajevo, here we come!
 
 
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