26th Red Nation International Film Festival Focuses on Inclusion of Indigenous Artists — Film News in Brief

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26th Red Nation International Film Festival Focuses on Inclusion for Indigenous Artists

The 26th Annual Red Nation International Film Festival will run Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 and will feature a combination of live and virtual events. Focusing on greater inclusion and equity for Indigenous artists, #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative remains the guiding principle of the festival.

“Night Raiders,” directed by Danis Goulet and starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, will be the opening night feature. The closing feature will be “Wild Indian,” direct by Lyle Mitchell Corbin’s Jr. and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kate Bosworth.

This year’s festival will screen 63 films in total, featuring six features, 19 documentaries and 38 shorts, and is produced by the Red Nation Celebration Institute.

The full lineup can be viewed at the Red Nation International Film Festival website.

‘The Power of the Dog’ Added as Red Carpet Premiere to AFI Fest Lineup

The American Film Institute announced that “The Power of the Dog” has been added to the AFI Fest 2021 lineup. The film was directed by Jane Campion and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Frances Conroy, Thomasin McKenzie, Geneviève Lemon and Keith Carradine. It is produced by Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Roger Frappier. The film will be released in theaters Nov. 17 and on Netflix Dec. 3.

AFI Fest will take this year Nov. 10 through Nov. 14 in Los Angeles. The festival will open with the world premiere of “Tick, Tick…Boom!” directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and will close with “King Richard,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green.

This year’s festival will feature both in-person and virtual screenings and will require all in-person attendees to be fully vaccinated. More information and passes are available on the AFI Fest website.

‘The Harder They Fall’ Cast to Receive Ensemble Tribute at 2021 Gotham Awards

The Gotham Film & Media Institute announced that the cast of “The Harder They Fall” will receive the Ensemble Tribute during the 2021 Gotham Awards Ceremony, which takes place in person on Nov. 29 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Nominations for the Gotham Awards will be announced on Oct. 21.

“The Harder They Fall” features an ensemble cast of Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole with Regina King and Idris Elba.

The film follows outlaw Nat Love, who discovers his enemy Rufus Black is being released from prison and consequently rounds up his gang to track Black down and seek revenge. The film is directed by Jeymes Samuel, written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin and was produced by Samuel, Shawn Carter, James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender.

“Director Jeymes Samuel’s debut film is fully realized with this extraordinary company of actors who perfectly marry the key hallmarks of the ensemble film – collaboration, community and interconnectivity – resulting in one of the most entertaining movies of the year,” said The Gotham Film & Media Institute’s executive director Jeffrey Sharp. “We are so proud to recognize ‘The Harder They Fall’ with this year’s Gotham Ensemble Tribute.”

Paramount Pushes Up Release Date for ‘The Lost City’

The Paramount comedy “The Lost City” will now open three weeks earlier than expected, its release date having moved from April 15, 2022 to March 25, 2022.

The shuffle came after a number of Marvel movies shifted dates, with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” vacating the March 25 date.

The comedy stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum as a romance novelist and her cover model, respectively. The film will follow the pair as they are kidnapped and end up in a jungle adventure to fight for their lives. “The Lost City” (formerly titled “The Lost City of D”) also stars Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Daniel Radcliffe. Aaron and Adam Nee wrote and directed the film with Bullock as producer for Fortis Films alongside Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions as well as Seth Gordon for Exhibit A.