Families USA Health Action 2010 Conference

WASHINGTON, DC – This week/end is the annual Families USA Conference in Washington, DC. I will be in attendance and blogging about it here. Tune in throughout the week for updates on the latest happenings in the capitol.

For more information about the conference, go here, here, and here.


Native American Women in Film Series

LOS ANGELES, CA – This is SO exciting!! The Autry National Center and UCLA Film and Television Archive are holding a film series dedicated to the work of Native American women in film! I am SO going to this!

Native American Women in Film series
Sunday, January 24 2010, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

The Autry National Center and UCLA Film and Television Archive Present

Native American Women in Film

Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

January 24 and February 21, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

Free with museum admission

The Autry National Center, in association with the UCLA Film and Television Archive and with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, examines the portrayals of Native Americans in contemporary film through a two-part series. The screenings of shorts and feature films will include a discussion with Georgina Lightning (Cree), director of Older Than America (2007), and Irene Bedard (Inupiat Eskimo/Cree), actor in Edge of America (2003), about Native American women working in the film industry and the obstacles and opportunities for established and emerging Native American filmmakers. This film series is tied to the Autry’s upcoming exhibition, Home Lands: How Women Made the West, opening in April 2010.

Native American Women in Film Schedule

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 2 p.m.

Older Than America
(2007, 102 min.) U.S.
Director: Georgina Lightning (Cree)
Executive Producer: Audrey Martinez (San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians)
Producer: Christine Kunewa Walker (Native Hawaiian)
Actors: Adam Beach, Georgina Lightning, Wes Studi, and Tantoo Cardinal

This accomplished first feature explores a dark reality that has shaped generations of Native American experience cross the U.S. and Canada—the Indian boarding school. A woman’s haunting visions reveal a web of intrigue that reaches out from the past in a cry for justice and healing.

Goodnight Irene
(2004, 14 min.) U.S.
Director: Sterlin Harjo (Creek/Seminole)
Producer: Chad Burris (Chickasaw)
Actors: Casey Camp-Horinek, Robert Guthrie, Jon Proudstar

Two young men have a life-changing encounter with an elder in the waiting room of an Indian Health Service clinic.

Sunday, February 21, 2010, 2:00 p.m.

Edge of America
(2003, 105 min.) U.S.
Director: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho)
Writer and coproducer: Willy Holtzman
Produced by Showtime Productions
Actors: James McDaniel, Wes Studi (Cherokee), Irene Bedard (Inupiat Eskimo/Cree), Delanna Studi (Cherokee), Eddie Spears (Lakota), Geri Keams (Navajo), and Tim Daly

Inspired by a true, made-in–New Mexico story, this upbeat feature follows a girls’ high school basketball team as they learn how to win. Led by their coach, the girls discover the values of passion, dedication, and discipline as they climb from the bottom of their division to compete for the state title. Edge of America was the opening night film at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and it tells a story about cross-cultural communication, the values of community and commitment, and the thrill of victory.

Horse You See
(2007, 8 min.) U.S.
Director: Melissa Henry (Navajo)
In Navajo with English subtitles.

Ross, a Navajo horse, explains the very essence of being himself.

Museum admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children 2 and under. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.

Location: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Contact: (323) 667-2000

For more information, click here.


NABJ Conference on Health Disparities Announced


March 4-6, 2010
Barbara Jordan Conference Center at Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 2005
(one block west of Metro Center)

Program Goal:
The goal of this annual conference is to provide print, broadcast and online journalists the tools to effectively report on the impact of health care reform and health policy on underserved communities. Journalists and media professionals will leave with resources to inform and empower readers and viewers to action in their lives.

Sponsored by:
Kaiser Family Foundation
Eli Lilly and Company

For more information, click here.


Stanford University Journalism Conference Announced for March 2010


Journalism and the Politics of Diversity
(via Seeta Peña Gangadharan of Stanford University)

Announcing News and Inclusion:

Journalism and the Politics of Diversity, Thursday, March 4, 2010, featuring scholars from Australia, Finland, Singapore, Canada, The Netherlands, England, and the United States.

Sponsored by Stanford University’s Department of Communication, John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists, Office of the President, School of Humanities and Sciences, Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity; and Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Department of Media and Communication.

The symposium is free and open to the public — but, due to limited space, registration is required.

For details, and to register click here.