PIFF 44: Poetic Cinema and Personal Tales: Three Short Films by Sky Hopinka

March 5, 2021 – March 14, 2021 all-day

Sky Hopinka is a visual artist and filmmaker who is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a descendant of the Pachanga Band of Luiseño people. Sky has described his work as “Deconstructing language (through cinema) is a way for me to be free from the dogma of traditional storytelling and then, from there, to explore or propose more of what Indigenous cinema has the possibility to look like.” His film and video work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Center, the Tate Modern, the Whitney Biennial, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and so much more.

This program features three short films of Sky’s, each one utilizing a different method to document the personal reflections on land, culture, and memories. In addition to the short films is a pre-recorded conversation with Sky and Kathleen Ash-Milby the Curator for Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum. This program is co-presented with the Video Data Bank.

The program features the three linked shorts below and will screen for the festival duration, March 5-14. Tickets can be purchased below. Passholders will able to view through the festival watch portal watch.cinemaunbound.org.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.