‘Quantum Cowboys’ Animated Feature Highlights NatiVisions Film Festival | New


The NatiVisions Film Festival screening schedule has been announced. This festival will take place from September 22 to 24 at the BlueWater Cinemas, located next to the BlueWater Resort & Casino. The festival features films that are by and about Native Americans.

While most films are short, the first night, September 22, will feature a screening of a 2022 animated feature, “Quantum Cowboys.” The screening should start around 7:20 p.m.

Directed by Geoff Marslett and written by Marslett and Howe Gelb, the film is described on the IMDB site as a sci-fi comedy and a “rotoscoped time travel western”. Stars include Kiowa Gordon (Frank), John Way (Bruno) and Lily Gladstone (Linde).

Here’s how the film’s plot is described on the IMDB site: “Two hapless wanderers, Frank and Bruno, team up with Linde to reclaim her land and journey through 1870s southern Arizona to find an elusive frontier musician. Complex quantum time theory is mixed with philosophical musings on art like how we understand our history and memories, with gunfights, horses, dance halls, cacti and saloons.

Holly Jones of “Variety” described “Quantum Cowboys” this way: “The film is a captivating fever dream of the West unfolding across a surreal frontier. A patchwork tapestry of time and space, it follows ill-fated duo Frank (Kiowa Gordon) and Bruno (John Way) on an interdimensional search for redemption along endless timelines.

Jones went on to say that the film is, “An ambitious collaboration, the characters are designed in 8K and 16MM live-action and through 12 different animation techniques that include stop-motion animation, hand-drawn digital rotoscope handmade, acrylic paintings combined with live-action characters, digital collage, 3D CGI animation and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation.

Jones said the scenes that drive the plot forward through saloons, prairies and solemn deserts were crafted by artists from Swerve Pictures, Minnow Mountain, Artless Media and Mystery Meat Media.

Actor Gary Farmer, who plays Calvin in the film, will be present for the screening of Parker.

“Quantum Cowboys” earned an 8.1 out of 10 rating on IMDB.

The first night will also include a screening of “Bring Her Home,” a 2021 film originally shown on PBS. It shows the work of three Indigenous women, an artist, an activist and a politician as they seek to honor and vindicate their missing or murdered loved ones. The film is scheduled to screen at 5:30 p.m. on September 22.

The screening will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by a ceremony honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women and raising awareness of the issue.

The festival will conclude with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the River’s Edge Cantina. The ceremony will include a live performance by Raye Zaragoza and soundtrack by DJ Fabe.

Zaragoza is a singer-songwriter known for her acoustic guitar playing. She has been described as a “powerful folk singer carrying an acoustic guitar and a message. She was named “one of the most politically relevant artists of her genre” by Paste Magazine.

She became known for addressing social issues and issues of injustice in her songs. His song, “In the River”, was written in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline project. This pipeline has become very controversial, with large protests from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. These demonstrations attracted international attention and widespread media coverage.

Zaragoza appeared in Parker in 2019, when, at the invitation of Keith Moses, she sang in front of children from CRIT Head Start School and the Parker Public Library. She is of Akimel O’odham descent, formerly known as Pima. She has been singing professionally since 2016.

The festival includes the ever-popular Fried Bread Making Contest at 9 a.m. on September 24 in front of the BlueWater Cinemas.

The NatiVisions Film Festival is held prior to the Colorado River Indian Tribes Native American Days Fair and Exposition. Admission to all festival films is free. Travel times are approximate.

Thursday September 22

4 p.m.: “The Long Game”, directed by Justin Deegan; 45:00

4 pm: “A Woman’s Voice”, directed by Robert Bruce; 12:52

5 p.m.: “I am the warrior”, directed by Tara Audibert; 7:52

5 p.m.: “Remember the Children”, directed by Arlo Iron Cloud; 22:40

5:30 p.m.: “Bring Her Home,” directed by Leya Hale; 56:14

6:30 p.m.: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Ceremony

6:50 p.m.: “Whispers in the Wind”, directed by Ricky Lee; 22:50

7:20 p.m.: Quantum Cowboys, with a special appearance by Gary Farmer

Friday September 23

4 p.m.: “The Inhuman,” directed by Jason Brennan; 1:25

5:30 p.m.: “Concrete 49”, directed by Justin Deegan; 10:23

5:30 p.m.: “The music of the Wewa people”, directed by Michael Brims and Jaime Bofil; 11:25

6 p.m.: “The journey of Tiak Hikiya Ohoyo”, directed by Mark Williams, 47:29

7 p.m.: Special presentation: “From the mountains to the sea”, directed by Anna Marbrook; 12:06

7:30 p.m.: “My First Native American Boyfriend”, directed by Joey Clift; 4:45

7:30 p.m.: “In Our Own Hands”, directed by Jennifer Verenchik, 11:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.: “Mirror Man”, directed by Ginew Benton; 14:45

Saturday September 24

1 p.m.: “Two Bears”, directed by Anthony Flores; 18:02

1 p.m.: “Titling: Radioactive Waste, Princeton and the Navajo Nation,” directed by Michael Q. Ceballos; 9:59

1 p.m.: “Tsiyeet (Hair Bun)”, directed by Shanique Yazzie; 3:41

2 p.m.: “Rose”, directed by Roxann Whitebean; 24:41

2 p.m.: “Life is an expedition”, directed by Jeremy Williams, 7:46 p.m.

3 p.m.: “Older Than the Crown,” directed by Derrick Lamere; 57:00

4 p.m.: “Aniskenamakewin”, directed by Marie-Christine Petiquay; 10:30

4 p.m.: “Dues”, directed by Michael RL Begay; 15:00

4 p.m.: “Chris”, directed by Ryker Sixkiller; 10:55

4 p.m.: “Dogwood (Sipinikimm)”, directed by Maya Rose Dittloff; 15:41


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