Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival

  • 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • 💲Free & open to the public

A special annual event, the Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival promotes the arts through cultural and ethnic diversity in mass media with films, question and answer sessions, panel discussions, exhibitions, demonstrations and more. 

This year's theme, Native Women en Masse: Harmony Through Cultural Identity and Allegiance in Electronic Media, focuses on Native American women with ties to the film industry by way of filmmaking, producing, writing, wardrobe, marketing and cultural accuracy consultants. 

Film screenings will include Blessed, Barking Water, Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher and Hostiles.

J. Nicole Hatfield will complete a live painting throughout the day dedicated to this year's theme. 

The Aaimpa' Cafe will offer an Indian taco bar from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Cost will be $6 and includes the Indian taco bar and a drink. 

We are also excited to add a Native Fashion Show as part of this year's Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival to feature the design and wardrobe talents of several Native women. 

Special guests include:
Delanna Studi (Cherokee) - actress and live performance artist known for her roles in Edge of America, Dreamkeeper and most recently for her self-authored play, AND SO WE WALKEDAn Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears
Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca) - actress and activist best known for her performance in the film Barking Water and recent supporting role in The Chickasaw Rancher, currently in post-production
Dr. Joely Proudfit, Ph.D (Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission)founder and Executive Director of the California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival held annually in Temecula, California; helped found the Native Networkers (TNN), a consulting company which provides resources to film and television industries that improve understanding and foster authentic representation of Native American and Indigenous peoples in storylines, exhibition and marketing campaigns; has worked on high profile projects such as the 2017 film, Hostiles
Jeannie Barbour (Chickasaw)Chickasaw historian, artist and author who served as content producer/screenwriter for Te Ata, The Chickasaw Rancher and Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher
J.Nicole Hatfield (Comanche/Kiowa)contemporary paint artist whose work can be seen on the Strength of a Woman mural located in the Bricktown retail district in Oklahoma City
Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) - fashion designer acclaimed for her successful run on season 11 of Project Runway in 2012, where she won the first runner-up title
Leslie Deer (Muscogee)contemporary cultural fashion designer who specializes in using traditional applique techniques influenced by spirals and abstract floral designs of the Muscogee people from the Southeast
Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw)textile artist and sculptor recently honored for her contributions to the arts in Oklahoma during the 42nd Governor’s Arts Awards
Tyra Shackleford (Chickasaw)textile artist and winner of many art competitions including the prestigious SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market


Holba' Pisachi' Native Film Festival Schedule:
10 a.m. Welcome and ceremonial prayer in Chickasaw language by Rose Jefferson (Chickasaw elder)
10:10 a.m. J. Nicole Hatfield live painting demonstration begins in the Anoli' Theater lobby
10:10 a.m. Short films from Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students
11:10 a.m. Chickasaw stomp dance demonstration
11:30 a.m. Blessed starring Delanna Studi
11:55 a.m. Q&A with Delanna Studi
1 p.m. Native Fashion Show
1:30 p.m. Q&A with Native Fashion Show designers Patricia Michaels, Leslie Deer, Margaret Roach Wheeler and Tyra Shackleford
1:45 p.m. Excerpt reading from AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist's Journey Along the Trail of Tears, an original play written and performed by Delanna Studi
1:55 p.m. Q&A with Delanna Studi
2:10 p.m. Barking Water starring Casey Camp-Horinek
3:30 p.m. Q&A with Casey Camp-Horinek
3:45 p.m. Native Women en Masse: Harmony Through Cultural Identity and Allegiance in Electronic Media panel discussion with Delanna Studi, Casey Camp-Horinek, Dr. Joely Proudfit and Jeannie Barbour
4:15 p.m. Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher documentary
5:15 p.m. Q&A with Jeannie Barbour
5:30 p.m. Red carpet photos and autographs
6:30 p.m. Hostiles 
8:45 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Joely Proudfit

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