We hope you can seem screenings of the 2nd Sarasota Native American Film Festival which will take place virtually March 19th to March 27th.

Sarasota, Florida – The 2nd annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival will take place virtually from March 19th until March 28th, 2021. The mission of the event is to present cinematic works related to the experience of indigenous people in the Americas.

The festival is presented by the Sarasota Film Festival and Boxser Diversity Initiative, in collaboration with the Native Reel Cinema Festival, the Stranahan House Museum, and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of Seminole Culture and History.

Showcasing a diverse program of over 20 films, the Sarasota Native American Film Festival will feature the World Premiere of the feature documentary “Finding Angola: Manatee’s County First Black Community,” directed by Charles Clapsaddle, about the Bradenton, Florida-based community founded by escaped slaves and Seminoles in the early 1800s. The festival will also feature a retrospective of films from the First Nations Mi’kmaq filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin, including the World Premiere of her new documentary “The Basket Maker” that honors generations of women who have used their skills and knowledge to create traditional art.

Among other programming highlights are films by the noted Seminole/Muskogee director Sterlin Harjo, short films by emerging indigenous filmmakers, music videos by Seminole artists, and a spotlight on alligator wrestling. The festival will also showcase “Smoke Signals, the seminal 1998 road-trip dramedy directed by Chris Eyre, as well as “Songs My Brother Taught Me,the debut feature from the celebrated, Academy Award-nominated director Chloe Zhao. Her film’s story focuses on life at the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Lakota.

The virtual program will showcase films, live Q&As with the filmmakers behind the films, and panels that speak to the Native American/Indigenous Peoples experience. Of particular note is the panel Listen and Learn: key issues in Native American Life, which will feature leaders from the Lakota, Navajo, Seminole, Pueblo and First Nations people discussing vital topics.

“I am very honored that the Sarasota Film festival reached out to The Native Reel Cinema Festival to help be involved with their beautiful event. With this great collaboration I feel it will broaden the focus and light on Native/Indigenous films, Directors, actors, and most importantly our stories. MVTO!,” said Everett Osceola, President and Co-founder of Native Reel Cinema Festival. The Sarasota Native American Film Festival will be available through the website www.sarasotanativeff.com as well as on Sarasota Film Festival’s websitestarting on March 19th.