Acclaimed Filmmaker Presents 'Images of Indians: From Reel to Real' Tuesday Evening

Dr. Victoria Mudd, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary for her work as director on the Native American film “Broken Rainbow” in 1985, will present her video, “Images of Indians: From Reel to Real,” from 6-7:45 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Main Campus, Smith Brasher Hall Auditorium, Room 100.
July 16, 2015

“Images of Indians: From Reel to Real” documents how Native Americans have been portrayed in film, from the earliest depictions to the present. Clips from movies such as Dances With Wolves, Stagecoach, Little Big Man and Smoke Signals are included. During the playing of the video, Dr. Mudd will provide historical and social context while using a combination of lecture, slideshow and archival footage to show how the portrayal of Native Americans on film has been changing as more Native American filmmakers get their experiences and stories to the screen. Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

“As Native filmmakers begin to gain access to the medium, they are depicting and exploring their own experience. Silent no longer, they are setting the historical record straight and allowing all Americans to appreciate and celebrate the sensibilities that are uniquely Native.” – Victoria Mudd.

In addition to the Oscar-winning Broken Rainbow, which explored a Hopi-Navajo land dispute, Dr. Mudd also earned recognition in several prestigious film festivals for her work on “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion.” A graduate of Stanford University and the American Film Institute, she is currently a professor of media studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

This event is being organized by the CNM Native American Advisement Team in honor of Native American Heritage Month. For more information, call 224-4351.