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California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival features a film with awards buzz

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By Stephanie Schulte

In its fifth year, California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival has grown in both size and prestige — the latter thanks to programming that includes the big-budget Western/drama “Hostiles,” a film starring Christian Bale that’s already generating awards buzz.

The festival returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino, Thursday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 4, and due to increased attendance, the entire festival, which is put on by the California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center at California State University San Marcos, will take place at the resort.

“We outgrew the campus at California State University San Marcos,” said Joely Proudfit, the festival’s director. “In past years we held the first two days on campus and finished up at Pechanga.”

She said there were more than 1,000 submissions this year, up from 600 in 2015, and nearly 40 films will be screened. They include shorts, documentaries and feature films, with tickets to most screenings costing $15. Several screenings are free on Saturday, including the shorts, youth track and environmental programs along with the afternoon matinee documentary.

The closing film on Saturday is “Hostiles,” which stars Bale, Rosamund Pike and Native American actor Wes Studi.

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