English Deptarment, with the support of the College of Arts
and Sciences Distinguished Programs Fund, and the Office
of the Provost, cordially invites you to attend a very special
event. Native American film maker Chris Eyre will be on
campus to host a screening of his award winning film, Smoke
Signals, and to answer questions following the film
on Monday, November 15, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in Banquet
Rooms A & B of the Oakland Center.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will
before the event.
The award-winning film Smoke Signals is the first feature
film written, directed, and starring Native Americans. The
screenplay, written by poet/novelist Sherman Alexie (based
on stories from his book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight
in Heaven") follows
the adventures of
two Coeur d’Alene youths who venture from the reservation
to Arizona to collect the remains of the father of one of
them. A variation of the classical road trip/buddy movie,
this film mixes hilarious comedy with darker, sharply poignant
moments. It explores contemporary Native American experience
and explodes Indian stereotypes such as the Vanishing Indian
and romanticized versions of the warrior and the shaman.
For more information abot this screening, see the English
Department's Current Events Page.
Reviews of Smoke Signals*:
Interviews with and articles about Sherman Alexie
and Chris Eyre
Oakland University, Kresge Library
2200 N Squirrel Rd., Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370 - 4426