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Words from a Bear: Film screening

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Kiplinger Theatre
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Join filmmaker and new Cornell faculty member Jeff Palmer Thursday, Oct. 17 for a public masterclass and a screening of his documentary film, "N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear," a 2019 Sundance Film Festival selection.

Journey into the mind and soul of Momaday, Native America’s most celebrated author of poetry and prose. “Words from a Bear” visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings and storytelling, relating each written line to his unique Kiowa/American experience representing ancestry, place, and oral history.

The evening will also include a post-show discussion about the film, which will be released as part of the American Masters series on PBS Nov. 18.

The evening’s schedule includes:

5-6 p.m.: Masterclass: How to Make a Sundance Documentary

6-7 p.m.: Reception featuring southwestern regional food and "Indigenous Storytelling and Literature: A Talk by Professor and author Gus Palmer, PhD"

7-9 p.m.: Film screening and post-show discussion

This event is the second in the Arts Unplugged series, an initiative of the College Arts & Sciences that seeks to engage the arts in a public way. All of the events are free and open to the public but tickets for the film screening should be secured on Eventbrite.

Parking is available in the Dryden Road parking garage at 118 Dryden Road.

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Film, Food/Catering, Panel Discussion, Special Event, Class/ Workshop


English, Department of Performing and Media Arts, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program


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Kathy Hovis

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Jeff Palmer

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Assistant professor, PMA

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