NATIVE CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL SET FOR
APRIL 5–7 AT SAM NOBLE MUSEUM

Artwork by Hoka Skenandore

Artwork by Hoka Skenandore

NORMAN – For three days in April, film lovers will enjoy soaring strings, pounding drums, screaming guitars and more during the Sixth Annual Native Crossroads Film Festival. The festival is set for April 5 through 7 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman. All films, speakers and panels are complimentary and open to the public.

This year’s theme is “Rhythms,” and showcases feature films, music videos, documentaries, animations and short films that crank up the volume on the diverse soundtracks of Native America. These films celebrate pioneers of rock like guitarist Jesse Ed Davis; Indigenous hip-hop from urban Los Angeles to Sámi country in Scandinavia; love songs on cedar flutes and classical violins and the rhythms of nature that are a vital part of life in Indigenous communities around the world. This year’s films emphasize the significant roles that music plays in Native culture, from preserving traditions to rallying voices for change.

The festival will offer audiences the chance to see three days’ worth of the most innovative works in Indigenous cinema. Filmmakers, scholars and tribal community representatives will explore the “Rhythms” that drive the visual, political and cultural urgency of music in film.

Native Crossroads is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Film and Media Studies Program and the OU Department Native American Studies. It is made possible by the generous support of the Chickasaw Nation, OU College of Arts and Sciences, OU Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and the Norman Arts Council. 


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