Community Cinema in Steamboat opens 2nd year tonight

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Reel Injun

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Community Cinema: “Reel Injun”

  • Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
  • Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free

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Upcoming films

■ Tonight, “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian”

■ Nov. 17, “Deep Down”

■ Dec. 2, “The Calling”

Other upcoming movies, dates TBA

■ “For Once In My Life”

■ “Bhutto”

■ “Pushing the Elephant”

■ “Welcome to Shelbyville”

■ “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story”

■ “Two Spirits”

All screenings are free and take place at 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

— When approaching large global issues, sometimes it’s easier to come at them from a local perspective.

Through the lens of Routt County organizations and a small, community atmosphere, the Community Cinema series presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library will examine a large-scale issue each month with the screening of a documentary.

The first film of the 2010-11 series, called “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian,” screens at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Reel Injun” explores the portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood films, from the silent era to today.

Library program coordinator Jennie Lay said this will mark the second year the library has participated in the national PBS Community Cinema program.

“We’re here for education,” she said. “Last season, we got involved in the second month. People really embraced these films, and we had a really regular crowd and a big crowd.”

PBS chooses the films, whittles them down to one-hour versions and distributes them to Community Cinema programs across the country. The library has added its own Steamboat flare.

In conjunction with tonight’s screening, Katie Adams, curator at Tread of Pioneers Museum, will present a short film about the Ute tribe’s bear dance and its ties to their history and culture.

Adams also will give a short presentation about the process of curating their current exhibit, “Enduring Voices: Celebrating the Ute People of the Yampa Valley.”

“It’s important because the Utes were our first inhabitants, and they really loved and shared in this area before white settlers came along,” Adams said. “I think we sometimes forget that, that we weren’t the first ones here. This land means a lot to a lot of different people.”

Lay said she hopes each film in this year’s series can be paired with a local organization, such as Tread of Pioneers, to help bring awareness to different issues and groups in Steamboat, alongside a global view.

November’s event will feature “Deep Down,” a film about mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky. Transition Steamboat will partner with that film and talk about sustainability and natural resources.

Lay said not all movies have partners yet, and she hopes organizations will come forward with an interest in the program and bringing community awareness to their groups.

Other upcoming movies include “Bhutto,” about the late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; “The Calling,” about four up-and-coming religious leaders in America; “For Once in My Life,” about musicians with disabilities; and “Me Facing Life,” the story of Cyntoia Brown, who is living out a life sentence for a murder she committed in her teens.

“I hope people are excited to see this kick into gear,” Lay said. “There are a lot of really compelling films and maybe topics people don’t necessarily hear about every day.”

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