The 2nd Annual Indigenous Music and Movies in the Park series concludes Tuesday August 23 with a screening of two award-winning Canadian films and a musical performance by American Indian hip-hop artist Chase Manhattan.
Indigenous Music and Movies (IMM) is a free outdoor event that takes place in Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, right at the end of the Stone Arch Bridge on SE Main St. Funded by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, the event is an attempt to expand the Park Board’s music and movies in the park concept to include contemporary American Indian artists and, thus, re-establish an indigenous presence in the area of the Falls, a traditional Dakota sacred site.
The final night of this year’s festival begins at 7pm with music from Chase Manhattan, a local Hip Hop artist who is winning national acclaim and awards, most recently a 2010 NAMMY winner, (that’s the Native American Grammys).
Movies begin at dusk on the Park Board’s fabulous giant inflatable screen. Screening first is Wapawekka (Danis Goulet, 2010, 16 min). An official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is an intimate portrait of the cultural disconnect between a son and his traditional Cree father based on director Danis Goulet’s personal experiences growing up in Saskatchewan. As the intergenerational gap between the two men becomes more apparent, so does the pull of a much greater force.
Following that is a special presentation of the film Of Mice and Men(2010, 74 min). The film is a modernized version of this famous John Steinbeck novel, set in downtown Winnipeg, and with an Aboriginal backdrop, and made by high-school students from Argyle Alternative High School in Winnipeg. Don’t think crappy student film. Rather, think award-winning and groundbreaking production. And, as an added bonus, some of the cast and crew from Of Mice And Men will be coming down from Winnipeg and will be in attendance on Tuesday.
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River
at 420 Main St. SE. Bike racks are located in the park. Metro Transit bus line
#6 comes within two blocks of the park. Parking is available at meters along
Main Street, local parking lots and city streets east of the park.
For more information, see www.minneapolisparks.org/IMM