CANCELLED: Letters & Science Distinguished Speakers Series, Julianna Brannum
- Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:00pm
- Cheever Hall - view map
Documentary filmmaker Julianna Brannum will present "Creating Native Cinema" as part of the College of Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series.
Join us for a provocative discussion with Brannum, a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, as she talks about current issues dealing with Native cinema. Topics will include how to navigate a tribal story while being sensitive to cultural differences, avoiding stereotypes while maintaining your message, story development, and how to approach elders and tribal communities. Clips will be shown from several of Brannum's films throughout the discussion to highlight various approaches.
Brannum's first film, "The Creek Runs Red," was selected to air in Fall 2007 on PBS's national primetime series, Independent Lens. In early 2008, she co-produced a feature-length documentary, with Emmy Award-winning producer Stanley Nelson, for PBS's We Shall Remain, a five-part series on Native American history. The episode, "Wounded Knee," chronicled the siege of Wounded Knee, SD in 1973 led by the American Indian Movement.
In 2007, Ms. Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow. She has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute's Native Initiative, National Geographic, ITVS, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, NAPT, and the Sundance Documentary Fund for her latest documentary "LaDonna Harris: Indian 101." In April 2008, she was awarded a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute in support of the film.
This event is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.