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Sherman Alexie, Steve Judd to Speak at Spokane Native Film Festival Premiere

Sherman Alexie and Steven Paul Judd: Featured speakers at the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival in Spokane!

Featuring Indian country icons Sherman Alexie and Steven Paul Judd, the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival will be a first for the Inland Northwest Region, scheduled for September 30 and October 1 at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane.

One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival - Scheduled for September 30 and October 1 at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane.

President of the Board of Directors for One Heart, Josephine Keefe (Nez Perce) called the first-time event with such high-caliber speakers as Alexie and Judd, “An incredibly exciting opportunity!”

The festival will offer a screening of the iconic movie Smoke Signals, followed by a panel discussion, including the writer, Alexie, and other cast and crew members.

Sherman Alexie - Photo: Chase Jarvis

“Sherman Alexie is a name and figure that’s really transcended Indian culture and identity and a highly visible celebrity in Indian country,” Keefe said. “He was the first Native celebrity to endorse this festival with a promise to attend as a guest artist.” Alexie is a Spokane tribal member, something known to anyone who has read his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

“The Evolution of Steven Paul Judd” will take place on Oct. 1, and include a discussion with Judd, a showcase of his short films and a question and answer session. Judd (Kiowa and Choctaw) is perhaps best known for such films as American Indian Graffiti and Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco. “He’s a hot name right now,” Keefe said.

Steven Paul Judd - Photo: Thosh Collins

The short movies of other filmmakers will also be screened on Oct. 1, and other visual art by Native artists will be on display and available for purchase.

Tickets are $15 per event or $60 for the festival pass. For additional information: www.oneheartfestival.org.