12th annual Native FilmFest opens in Palm Springs tonight

POSTED: 05:27 AM PST Feb 27, 2013    UPDATED: 06:09 AM PST Feb 27, 2013 

The 12th annual Native FilmFest, which features  films by, about and starring Native Americans and other indigenous peoples,  opens in Palm Springs tonight.
      Organized by the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, the festival will open  with a mixer at 7 p.m. and an 8 p.m. screening of Norwegian film "Pathfinder"  at Camelot Theatres. Feature films, documentaries and shorts will be shown  through March 3 at the theater, and filmmakers and actors will answer questions  afterward.
      Filmmaker and educator Chris Eyre, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho  tribes in Oklahoma, will receive the first Richard M. Milanovich Award for  Distinguished Contributions to Indigenous Film. Milanovich, chairman of the  Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, was a film aficionado who regularly  attended the festival before his death last year, according to organizers.
      Eyre's film, "Hide Away," will be screened at the festival, and he  will conduct film lecture workshops for local students. Students will get free  passes to the festival.
      Between the afternoon and evening screenings, receptions will be held  daily, giving filmgoers the opportunity to buy food and drinks and talk with  filmmakers, directors and actors.
      Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for those 60 and over, 16 and under,  students and active military. All Access Passes, which are good for all  screenings, are $70.
      For information, call (760) 778-1079 or go to www.accmuseum.org.