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Gig Harbor Film Festival Presents Older Than America

CONTACT:  Josh Sherwin, Project Manager

Gig Harbor Film Festival, 253-851-3456



Gig Harbor, Wa – January, 2013 - The Gig Harbor Film Festival is pleased to announce in collaboration with the Harbor History Museum and Humanities Washington, the appearance of two well known and respected authorities on Native Americans, Filmmaker Georgina Lightning and Lance Rhoades a member of the Humanities Washington 2012-2014 Speakers Bureau.


Lance Rhoades will offer a complimentary discussion on American Indians in Cinema:  Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene, Sunday, February 10 at 1:00pm at the Harbor History Museum in the Clifford and Anna Pearson Resource Center. This conversation, led by cinema scholar Lance Rhoades, will prompt us to address the formidable role cinema has played in producing, perpetuating and challenging perceptions of American Indians, past and present.  Lance Rhoades is a Seattle-based scholar who completed his graduate studies in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, where he has taught several courses on American Indians in Cinema. He has also been a researcher and instructor in the University of Washington American Indian Studies Department and was a recipient of the UW’s Excellence in Teaching Award.


The Gig Harbor Film Festival will follow up with a special screening at 4:00 pm at the Galaxy Theater, Gig Harbor of Older Than America with Filmmaker Georgina Lightning in attendance for a question and answer session afterwards.  Georgina Lightning brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh the Oath, Smoke Signals, among countless others.  Lightning’s directorial debut Older Than America is inspired by stories told to her by many of her family members and friends who attended the Native Indian Boarding schools. Lightning is also the cofounder of Tribal Alliance Productions, a production company committed to producing media that matters told from a native prospective.


Tickets for the film screening are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for Seniors, Military and Students, and are on sale now at the Gig Harbor Film Festival office Mon through Thursday, 10:00am. – 5:00pm…..Please phone 851.FILM (3456) or 858.8775 for further information.  


For more information about the ‘American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene’ call the Harbor History Museum at 253-858-6722.


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