Noted Native American Director Chris Eyre will discuss bringing indigenous perspectives to filmmaking while screening parts of one of his critically acclaimed films during a visit to the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu.
The acclaimed filmmaker will appear at Finding Smoke Signals with Chris Eyre: Indigenous Ways of Viewing Reality, Thursday, November 9, 3:30 p.m. at ʻUluʻulu: The Henry K. Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi in the James and Abigail Campbell Library. The event is open to students, faculty, and staff as well as the community.
Eyre, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, is best known for Smoke Signals, a 1998 independent film that was heralded as the first Native American-directed feature-length film to receive national theatrical release. Eyre’s other films have won acclaim and include Edge of America (2003) and A Thousand Roads (2005). His success led People magazine to proclaim him “the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time.”
Eyre most recently served as Santa Fe University of Art and Design film school chair and is the fall 2017 the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at UH Mānoa. He is being brought to UH West Oʻahu by the school’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program in partnership with the UH Mānoa Thought-Leader Series.
—By Greg Wiles