The 39th Annual American Indian Film Festival returns to the b AMC Metreon in San Francisco, Saturday, November 1 to Saturday, November 8. OPENING NIGHT: HORSE TRIBEThe festival kicks-off on Saturday, November 1 with the documentary feature, HORSE TRIBE from director Janet Kern.
SPECIAL TRIBUTESThe festival is excited to present two special tribute screenings this year.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTSAs an official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Freeland's DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST (screening Friday November 7) stars Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, and Morning Star Wilson as three very different young Native Americans.
In ROAD TO PALOMA (screening Thursday, November 6), rising star Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES, THE RED ROAD, CONAN THE BARBARIAN) makes his directorial debut as he stars as Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother’s murder. CLOSING NIGHTThe eight-day festival concludes with a screening of EMPIRE OF DIRT (Saturday, November 8).
Other films at the festival include William Eigen’s THE JINGLE DRESS, Jennifer Cororan’s SHE SINGS TO THE STARS, Leslye Abbey’s BUFFALO NATION: THE CHILDREN ARE CRYING and the animated short FRONTERA! TICKETS AND SHOWTIMESAll evening screenings will be held at the AMC Metreon and will begin at 7 p.m.
About American Indian Film Institute & American Indian Film FestivalThe American Indian Film Institute’s mission is to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary American Indian and First Nations peoples. This year, the pilot telecast of our Awards Show will be broadcast in several markets, including Seattle, SF-Bay Area, San Diego, Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale-Miami.
Bonnie SteigerSF Movie ExaminerBonnie Steiger has been reporting on the film industry in San Francisco for many years. The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center last week, in the final event for the monumental festival. Top honors were awarded to Anumati directed by Gajendra Ahire, for Best Feature Film as well as Best Actor in a Feature Film for Vikram Gokhale's impressive turn as a desperate husband, Ratnakar, on a mission to save his dying wife.
Director Hansal Mehta took home the Best Director of a Feature Film award for his compelling film Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist lawyer Shahid Azmi.
Vikram Gokhale's won Best Actor for his role as desperate husband on mission to save his dying wife in "Anumati" that also won Best Feature Film. Deepti Naval was also honored in her role as Leela Krishnamoorthy, a middle aged widow, in filmmaker Avinash Kumar Singh's debut Listen Amaya. This year the Festival also had an award for the one-minute cell phone Bollywood short film. The jurors - challenged to select the award recipients for each category were comprised of today's most revered filmmakers, scholars, and industry leaders - including La Frances Hui, Claus Mueller, Muriel (Mike) Peters, Zenobia Shroff, Parag Amladi, Ashish Avikunthak, Tejaswini Ganti, Udayan Gupta, Joseph Mathew, Myrna Moncayo-Iyengar, Jaideep Punjabi, and Nilita Vachani.
The star-studded after-party, which included presenters, winners, jurors, and guests, followed the awards ceremony and reminded me that NYIFF social events are always as good as its provocative films.
NYIFF 2013 was, once again, a roaring success - engaged audiences, amazing films, exciting discussions, lively parties. Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist was screened at the opening of festival, a film that's trailer alone moved me enormously.

Another wonderful festival culminating in Filmistaan, one of the best Indian films of the year. The New York Indian Film Festival is the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the U.S. The Festival's mission is to encourage filmmakers to tell their stories and to educate Americans about them.
The Indo-American Arts Council (IACC) under the leadership of thought leader and global citizen Aroon Shivdasani is a non-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India.
In short, the Indo-American Arts Council builds bridges for better understanding of diversity and culture that promotes peace. The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation supporting young global leadership is affiliated with Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), raising global citizens. The annuaul American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show will be held on Sunday, November 9 at the Palace of Fine Arts. The film is a portrait of the Nez Perce Tribe and a charismatic Navajo horseman whose fates intersect to re-invent a legendary horse culture. In Sandy Osawa’s documentary ON AND OFF THE RES WITH CHARLIE HILL (screening Wednesday, November 5), she honors the late Charlie Hill (July 6, 1951 – December 30, 2013), America’s premiere Native American comedian who was known for taking a stand against media stereotypes with his satirical humor. One is an adopted Christian girl, another is a rebellious father-to-be, and the third a promiscuous transsexual. The film also stars Robert Homer Mollohan (ALL MY CHILDREN), Lisa Bonet (ENEMY OF THE STATE), Michael Raymond-James (TRUE BLOOD), Chris Browning (SONS OF ANARCHY), Timothy V.
Directed by Peter Stebbings, the film follows three generations of First Nations women as they struggle and try to cope with the demons of their past.
Sunday, November 9, the AIFF 39 will officially wrap with American Indian Motion Pictures Awards Show at the historic Palace of Fine Arts.
It encourages Indian filmmakers to bring to the broader media culture the indigenous voices, viewpoints and stories that have historically been excluded from mainstream media. The American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show will be taped in front of a LIVE audience on Sunday, November 9 at the historic Palace of Fine Arts.
With Gwen Stefani as the lead singer, No Doubt became one of the most critically acclaimed ska bands world-wide. I was delighted to attend for the fourth year - a relative latecomer to this well-established cultural smorgasbord. The award for Best Feature Film was jointly presented by Consul General of India, Ambassador Mulay, and Ambassador Manjeev Puri.
The director, in addition to receiving an award, presented an award that night alongside Farooque Sheikh, to the Best Young Actor in a Feature Film.
This film reunited Farooque Sheikh and Deepti Naval as a romantic screen pair after over two decades.

Created under the supervision of professor Karl Bardosh, NYU students were tasked with creating Music Videos to popular Bollywood sound tracks, culminating in an impressive batch of viral mobile films, all in consideration for the esteemed award. Vikram Gokhale as Ratnakar in Anumati, winner of Best Feature Film, directed by Gajendra Ahire. Deepti Naval as Leela Krishnamoorthy, a middle aged widow, in debut filmmaker Avinash Kumar Singh's Listen Amaya.
Each year our reach is wider, our reputation brighter and the public begging for more screenings of our films.
My colleague Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of the Giving Back Foundation, attended the screening and enthused, "I thought the film was very well done and authentic! Every year, NYIFF boasts five days of premiere screenings of feature, documentary and short films, industry panels, special events, retrospectives, red carpet galas, an award ceremony, packed audiences and amazing media coverage. The second tribute is Carol Burns’s 1971 documentary, AS LONG AS THE RIVERS RUN (screening Saturday, November 8). Executive Produced by Robert Redford, the feature follows their story as they try to escape their hardships of life on an Indian reservation. Murphy (SONS OF ANARCHY), Sarah Shahi (PERSON OF INTEREST) and Wes Studi (THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS). The gala features American Indian and First Nation filmmakers, actors and entertainers, and film award presentations with live musical and cultural performances. For descriptions of all the films, schedule and ticket information please visit American Indian Film Festival. Moreover, the goals include tireless advocacy for authentic visual and work-force representations of Indians in the media.
The winners were chosen from eighteen narrative, ten documentaries (feature length or shorter), and eight shorts from the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora. The award was fittingly presented by renowned actor Aasif Mandvi and beloved actress Sarita Choudhury. The award was jointly presented by Consul General of India, Ambassador Mulay and Ambassador Manjeev Puri. This year was extra special because we celebrated 100 Years of Indian Cinema with three newly restored films as well as films that spoke of the history of Indian Cinema and music in Indian films. The American Indian Film Festival, established in 1975, is the oldest and most prominent media showcase of its kind in the world. Its focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India to exhibit, perform and produce their works here. In nearly four decades of work, AIFF has screened over 2,000 films from American Indian and First Nations communities.

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