Sunday, October 6, 2013

Second Annual SFSU AIS Film Series

Craig George
Second Annual
San Francisco State University
American Indian Studies Film Series
Spring 2014

San Francisco State University ▪ American Indian Studies
Spring 2014 (January 27-May 16) ▪ Mondays 4:10-6:55 PM

The film series is held in conjunction with AIS 535: American Indian Film. The course examines how American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and First Nations peoples have used film/video as a means of reclaiming and representing their histories, cultures, and identities. It considers how Native peoples have used film to confront the politics of misrepresentation as well as to reclaim and represent themselves and their political concerns in their own terms. Film/video is treated as a tool of cultural preservation, documentation, and (re) self-definition – sometimes in opposition to the historical stereotypes and cultural expectations that Hollywood has perpetuated and sometimes as an altogether different form of cultural self‑definition and political empowerment.

Call for Submissions: January 24, 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for the Second Annual SFSU American Indian Film Series and course for Spring 2014 (January 27-May 16).

Films/videos should be by or about American Indians, Alaskan Natives, or First Nation peoples. No publication date restriction applies (though preference is given to more recent films/videos). Films/videos should address the issues and concerns of the course described above. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, Documentaries (Feature and Short), Features (Full and Short), Music/Performance videos, and Animation.

All submissions should include: 1-DVD; a completed Submission and Agreement Form; a short bio of the filmmaker(s); and a short film/video synopsis. Submitters are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the department.

The instructor of the course will convene a Film Jury composed of Native/Indigenous faculty, staff, and students and local community members. The Jury will screen entries and determine acceptance. Submitters will be notified that their film/video is to be included on the class schedule no later than February 1. All film/video screenings and discussions will be open to the public.

The Submission and Agreement Form can be accessed by clicking here.

For Submissions/Inquiries:
Joanne Barker
Associate Professor
American Indian Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Office: (415) 338-7062

Filmmakers are invited to participate in the class and series. Currently, the department has no funds for honoraria or travel support. The department is located within a non-profit higher education institution. To help support the department, tax-deductible donations can be made through the College of Ethnic Studies website on the College donation’s link . Be sure to specify in your comments that you wish to support the “AIS Film Series.”

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To Register for the Class

·     For current students: see the Registrar’s Office.
·     For community members (non-students), see the College of Extended Learning.

The American Indian Studies Department
Main Office: (415) 338-1054/405-3928 FAX: (415) 405-0496 Email:

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