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Native Cinema Showcase at Santa Fe Indian Market: 'Racing the Rez,' 'Skins,' 'Hide Away'

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The Native Cinema Showcase runs from August 13-19 in Santa Fe, NM, concurrent with the flurry of arts activity known as Santa Fe Indian Market week, which culminates in the massive Santa Fe Indian Market on August 18 and 19.

The Showcase features some of today's best and most interesting Native filmmaking; auteurs include the young and the old, and productions range from just a few minutes to feature-length works.

You may not be able to attend the screenings in Santa Fe, but here at we're bringing you some flavor of what you might see; the Native Cinema Showcase in miniature. Each day, we're showing trailers from the films on offer and, in some cases, the complete clips.

Below are today's offerings, with some information provided by the Native Cinema Showcase. Pop some popcorn, turn off all cell phones, sit back and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 14

Racing the Rez (US, 2012, 57 min.)

Producer: Brian Truglio

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In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for community pride and state championship glory. Over the course of two racing seasons, the boys strive to find their place in their own Native communities, and in the American culture surrounding them. Win or lose, what they learn will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.

For the past fourteen years, producer Brian Truglio has worked predominantly as a video editor on documentaries for television, including PBS, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Truglio is also a long-distance runner and former cross-country athlete, with close ties to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, which began in the early 1990s when he visited as part of a teaching program run by his college. He holds a MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.

Skins (US, 2001, 84 min)

Two brothers, veterans of Vietnam who have returned to the Lakota reservation, find themselves on different paths. Rudy (Eric Schweig) gets a college degree and a job as a tribal police officer, while Mogie (Graham Greene) turns to the alcoholism that has devastated his family. Angry about the destructive effects of American history on the people of the reservation, Rudy takes matters into his own hands, going on a vigilante quest to save his community.

Hide Away (US, 2011, 88 min.)

While running away from his tragic past, a man known as The Young Mariner (Josh Lucas) finds an idyllic harbor in the Great Lakes. There he buys the dilapidated sailboat Hesperus and sets to work to restore it. Over the next year, the boat, and community around the harbor, become his greatest support as he struggles to rebuild his life. World premiere and winner of best cinematography at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) has been described as "the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time" by People magazine. The first contemporary feature film by a Native director was Eyre's breakthrough, Smoke Signals, which won him the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Eyre has directed and produced other award-winning features, including Skins and Edge of America. In 2007 he was selected for both the United States Artists Fellowship and the Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship in Film/Media Arts. In addition to his work in independent film, Eyre has directed numerous episodes for television series including Law and Order: SVU, Friday Night Lights and two PBS series, Mystery! and American Experience's We Shall Remain. He has recently been appointed head of the Film Department at the University of Santa Fe.