|"Kissed by Lightning"|
Movie screenings in the park are a popular summertime standard. Classic films play out for audiences spread out on blankets under the stars.
This Thursday night, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will host a movie and music evening at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. But instead of just a random flick, this week's film, Kissed by Lightning, is the third in a series of indigenous works showcased this summer that have been presented at international festivals and to sold out crowds at the Walker Art Center.
|Kissed by Lightning"|
Kissed by Lightning
is the directorial debut of Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, and has won Best Indigenous Film at the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival. It tells the story of a Mohawk artist who keeps the memories of loved ones alive through her paintings, and shows the journey she takes through art.
The evening will begin with a musical performance by local singer songwriter Mitch Walking Elk
, a folk artist with a blues touch. And while overlooking St. Anthony Falls, there isn't a more picturesque way to take in the sights and sounds of indigenous art. The concert will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk.
The final night in the series of indigenous Music and Movies in the Park
is on August 12, and will feature a new generation of filmmakers with student-produced short films from local youth media programs, and a screening of the new Ojibwe language film from Minneapolis filmmaker Elizabeth Day Magic Wands