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Press Release

Release Date: November 03, 2020

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



“A Virtual Celebration of Cultural Diversity and Natives in the Arts” is the theme for this year’s sixth annual Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival. Presented in collaboration with the Chickasaw Nation, this annual event which typically takes place at the Chickasaw Cultural Center will be virtual this year.

The virtual film festival will begin at 3 p.m., Nov. 7 at Facebook.com/ChickasawCCC. This year’s festival will showcase four areas. These include a music video portion, comedy, workshop and a short film segment.

The short films to be shown will include Chris Eyre’s “A Thousand Roads,” Darren Brown’s “Elder Story: Chief Lawrence Hart,” Mark Williams’s “Warrior Coach” and Derrick LaMere’s “Older than the Crowns.”

Rap artist Supaman and Injunuity will be featured during the music video portion of the festival. The comedy portion of the film festival will feature Kasey Nicholson, Rod Pocowatchit and Dylan Merle Raeburn. For the workshop portion of the film festival, LaRonn Katchia and Isaac Trimble will be presenting on “How to Film and Edit from a Phone.”

According to Francine Parchcorn, director of event operations at the Chickasaw Nation, a lot of preparation has gone into organizing this virtual film festival.

“For this year’s film festival, we have been preparing since March,” Parchcorn said. “It is about five times the work putting on a live, in person event. There is so much preparation before uploading the final product online for everyone to see. In the end, it pays off through cultural enrichment and knowing how much we are blessed to be given the opportunity to share our history and culture in this way through technology.”

Chickasaw citizen Jeff Carpenter of Injunuity is glad for the opportunity to be involved with the film festival.
“The entertainment industry has come to almost a complete halt,” Carpenter said. “It’s an honor knowing that my tribe is still able to showcase native artists and entertainers this year. We certainly appreciate the great work that they are doing.”

“This year we were able to film a live performance and use that in many of our virtual festivals happening throughout the year. The Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival will be using some selections from this recent recorded performance.” Carpenter said.

For more information about the Holba’ Pisachi’ Native Film Festival, contact Francine.Parchcorn@Chickasaw.net.