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Native Reel Cinema Festival was started in 2014. Take a browse through our history!

  • November 1, 2014

    “The Exiles” by Kent McKenzie

    Historic Stranahan House Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Presentation of the rediscovered and remastered film that had been lost for nearly 50 years. The program began with a live performance by rockabilly band, Slip and the Spinouts, and was followed by a question and answer session by Pamela J. Peters, Native American filmmaker. Together with actor and musician Spencer Battiest she shared her work restoring the found film and the presentation of her remake, Legacy of Exiled NDNz.
    Over 100 guests / Standing room only
    Seminole Prince and Princesses in attendance to greet guests
    Extensive media attention including a New Times Broward Palm Beach article by David Rolland

  • February 1, 2016

    “Ronnie Bodean” by Steven Paul Judd starring Wes Studi

    Paradise Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in
    Hollywood, Florida
    Joined Tribal Fair Committee under the endorsement of
    Councilmember Chris Osceola. The program began with a red
    carpet meet-n-greet with Steven Paul Judd, Gil Birmingham, and
    Bronson Pelletier and an art display of Steven’s paintings and
    prints. The short film was followed by a question and answer session
    with the actors.
    Steven Paul Judd was joined by Spencer Battiest and Zach “Doc”
    Battiest to discuss their work on the duo’s music videos. The group
    was able to connect the elders with the youth and allowed us to
    incorporate visual arts with film.
    Two night program with over 400 guests in attendance

  • February 1, 2017

    “Mekko” by Sterlin Harjo

    Paradise Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in
    Hollywood, Florida
    Partnered again with the Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow after
    receiving announcement of a Knight Art Challenge grant in
    November of 2016. New this year was the inclusion of a small film
    festival on Saturday afternoon featuring three short films by Kyle Bell,
    Sterlin Harjo, and Daniel Hyde. The main feature by Sterlin Harjo
    attracted a wider audience and was followed by a public viewing of
    Taboo’s Standing Rock music video “Stand Up” featuring Spencer
    Battiest and Zach “Doc” Battiest. The weekend included meet and greet
    opportunities with Irene Bedard, Roseanne Supernault, and Martin
    Sensmeier.
    Two night program with over 400 guests in attendance
    First Native American Governor was in the audience

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