PEMBROKE — The inaugural Lumbee Film Festival, which will showcase bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially Lumbees, will be held June 23 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator.
The festival features a panel discussion with community organizers, filmmakers and tribe members discussing cultural extraction, cultural appropriation and other issues faced by indigenous communities and their work within the cultural sector.
The festival also presents the “Lumbee Filmmaking Challenge” as the grand finale screening, in which every submitted film under three minutes will be shown. The Lumbee Filmmaking Challenge encourages creativity and storytelling in many forms, from many voices. All films will address the theme “What Lumbee Means To Me” and are by American Indians.
The deadline to submit a film was Thursday.
“It is wonderful to have an opportunity for the community to come for free to see films made for and by American Indians, amplifying our voices, our challenges and our accomplishments,” said Festival Director Kim Pevia. “I think I am most excited about ‘What Lumbee Means To Me’ as we express our pride in our people, culture, place and traditions.”
Pevia is joined on the staff by graphic designer Chad Locklear and a programming committee, including artist Ashley Minner and filmmaker Malinda Maynor Lowery.
The Lumbee Film Festival is a partnership between the Lumbee Tribe of N.C., Cucalorus, and the N.C. Arts Council.