Community Cinema discussion panelist announced

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. This month’s film is Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion about the issues brought up in the film and how they relate to the Austin community. Panelists include:

Kirby Brown, Native American Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation is titled “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing.”

Randolph Lewis, Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. As a scholar and filmmaker working at the intersection of American Studies and Cinema Studies, he explores in particular the documentary tradition, indigenous media, and the relationship of art and politics in the US. 

Orvie Longhorn, a media buff, whose Oklahoma family was relocated to California’s bay area in the 50s. A gourd dancing Vietnam veteran, he has been active with the Austin Powwow & Texas State University’s Native American Student Assoc. since moving here with his wife Glenda.

Ken McKenzie-Grant, local KOOP radio host on NDN Heartbeat and Shades of Green, Ken has a KOOP radio show that covers contemporary & traditional Native American music as well as national Native news and local events, including area Powwows.