Words From A Bear

Words From A Bear

  • 2018 -
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  • - 1 h 24 m

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Navarro Scott Momaday (House Made of Dawn). This documentary profile delves into the psyche behind one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Words from a Bearvisually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings, relating each written line to his unique Kiowa-American experience, representing ancestry, place, and oral history. Original animation, historical photos, and aerial landscapes complement interviews with indigenous authors Rilla Askew and Joy Harjo; actors Robert Redford, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, and James Earl Jones; and Richard West, founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, to reveal Momaday’s creative core. Words from a Bear is produced by Jeffrey Palmer for Rainy Mountain Media LLC, and executive produced by Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS, Shirley K. Sneve for Vision Maker Media, and Michael Kantor for American Masters Pictures.

Screening Information
Words From A Bear

9:30 AM
Sunday 27 September 2020
The Civic Theatre

TRAILER: Words From A Bear
  • Language English
  • Indigenous Nation Kiowa
  • Country United States
  • Director Jeffrey Palmer
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Jeffrey Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. As a Dean's Fellow at the University of Iowa, he received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2012, with an emphasis in documentary film and video installation. He also received his M.A. in Native American Studies, focusing on Native American exploitation in early cinema and his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. He was a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, AssistantProfessor of Mass Communication at the University of Central Oklahoma, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Transmedia at Syracuse University. His short films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, The Berlinale, Berlin Independent Film Festival, PBS Online Film Festival, Winnipeg Indigenous Film Festival, Maoriland Film Festival, SWAIA Class X Film Festival, Film 2 Farm Aid Film Festival Borneo International Film Festival, INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILM FESTIVAL, deadCENTER Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, ICDOCS, Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec (FIFEQ) Annual International Festival of Ethnographic Film. His work has also been featured in Indian Country Today, Native American Times, Art Focus and Dreamcatcher Magazine. He received awards and recognition from the Sundance Institute Creative Producers Award, Sundance Institute Native Program Lab fellowship and Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow. He has received funding from ITVS, The Ford Foundation Just Films, PBS American Masters, and Vision Maker Media.He just completed his directorial feature debut, "N. Scott Momaday: Words From A Bear", which will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will be nationally televised on the PBS series American Masters in the fall of 2019.
  • Producer Jeffrey Palmer
  • Awards BZN's inaugural Ted Turner Award for Environmental Stewardship