Smoke Signals with director Chris Eyre

At THE HEARD MUSEUM - Steele Auditorium, Sunday, July 28 at 11:30am

PHX Film Collective is proud to partner with The Heard Museum for a special screening of "Smoke Signals" with director Chris Eyre in attendance to give an introduction and Q&A. This is a free show, part of the museum's Scene and Heard film series.

That Smoke Signals is a historically significant film is without question. Billed on its release in 1998 as the first feature written, directed, produced, and acted by Native Americans, the Canadian-American film remains a rarity in a still predominately white film industry. Released in the golden era of independent cinema, Smoke Signals was a success even before its release, winning the Filmmaker’s Trophy for director Chris Eyre and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

But it’s reductive to limit Smoke Signals to its historical benchmarks. It’s a warm and human piece of filmmaking that brings to life characters nuanced and relatable. Two Native best friends (played by Adam Beach and Evan Adams) go on a road trip from Coeur D'Alene to Phoenix to retrieve the ashes of a family member long departed from their lives, if not from this earth. But as cinematic road trips often do, this one turns into a journey of personal discovery as the two friends, so different in disposition, grapple with revelations about their past and the weight of historical trauma.

Smoke Signals remains a vital piece of filmmaking that entertains, enriches and underlines the importance of empowering people to tell their own stories. In 2018, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." We couldn’t agree more.

Location: The Heard Museum 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Rated R.  1hr 29 minutes.