Film & Media
The museum hosts two ongoing series of outstanding feature-length films, followed by discussion: Dinner and a Movie in Washington, D.C., and At the Movies in New York. Each location also presents regular daytime screenings for general audiences and frequent special programs. In Washington, the museum offers film programs several times a week that are particularly appropriate to families, educators, and students. In New York, daily screenings highlight topics related to current exhibitions and important themes in contemporary Native American life; New York also presents Especially for Kids, a daily morning program for children.
The Film & Media Catalog provides information on films screened since 1995 at the National Museum of the American Indian in programs presenting indigenous media from North, Central, and South America, the Pacific region, and the Arctic Circle. The Catalog includes information about productions, the mediamakers and actors who created them, and the film and media organizations that support their creation.
The biennial Native American Film + Video Festival, produced and hosted by the Film & Video Center in New York from 1979 to 2011, provided a forum for Native media and media makers from throughout the Western Hemisphere and played a key part in the development of the museum. Festival programs, including descriptions of the films shown, are available on the Festival page.
The museum seeks new films by and about the Native and indigenous communities of the Western Hemisphere. The NMAI looks for challenging, thoughtful, passionate presentations of contemporary Native perspectives, and welcomes new works on current and relevant topics. Films by young and emerging media makers and by community-based production programs are of particular interest. To submit a film for consideration for an upcoming NMAI program, download and complete a preview form (English or Spanish) and mail it with a DVD copy of the film to either or both of the addresses at the top right of this page. For more information, or to submit a film to the NMAI digitally, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum’s staff offers information services to researchers, educators, filmmakers, film programmers, and the general public on site or by email or phone via the contact information above. Native Media Topics is an online resource on contemporary Native media throughout the Americas.
Created in 1979 within the former Museum of the American Indian–Heye Foundation in New York, the Film & Video Center is the country’s oldest media arts center for Native and indigenous film. The center is dedicated to promoting Native and indigenous filmmaking throughout the Americas and opening up new opportunities for Native film.