We’re excited to have a great line-up of special guests performing, participating in panel discussions, and leading workshops during this year’s festival!
For more than a half-century, Sainte-Marie has been a disruptor of the status quo. In 1969, she made one of the world’s first electronic vocal albums; in 1982 she became the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar; When she was blacklisted and silenced from American radio airwaves she joined the cast of Sesame Street and became the first woman to breastfeed on national television. She’s written pop standards sung and recorded by the likes of Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes in addition to writing “Universal Soldier,” the definitive anti-war anthem of the 20th century.
Her most recent album Medicine Songs was released in November 2017.
Visit Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Website: http://buffysainte-marie.com.
Born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico, Emmy nominated filmmaker Sydney Freeland realized early on there was a disconnect between media’s portrayal of life on the rez and her own experiences. Freeland wrote and directed the harrowing debut feature film, “Drunktown’s Finest,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. A Fulbright scholar with an MFA in film, Freeland went onto write and direct the Emmy nominated web series “Her Story” which received a distinguished Gotham Award. In 2017, Freeland premiered her second feature film “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” at Sundance. She has since directed for such popular shows as “Heathers” and “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Freeland will participate in a talk-back discussion after our screening of Drunktown’s Finest at 6:30pm on October 20th at the Bing.
Born and raised in the Southern Plains of Oklahoma, J.NiCole Hatfield of the Penetukah (Honey Eater) band of Comanche’s has a profound understanding of the unique paradox in which Native American people and artists find themselves. By honoring the ancestors of her past and using the vibrant paints and visual arts techniques of the present Hatfield has made a name for herself and her entirely unique style of painting. A self-taught artist who refers to painting as “her voice”, Hatfield translates her bold acrylic colors onto canvas giving a voice to her chosen historical portraits and a place within the contemporary world.
J.NiCole will lead a visual arts workshop for young artists at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20. This workshop is FREE though seating is limited. Please reserve your spot now!
View J.NiCole Hatfield’s website here: http://www.jnicolehatfield.com.
This Seattle band brings together a blend of musical styles from rock, blues, and funk to soul, hip hop, and reggae. The band has performed at events and venues across the Northwest, including Northwest Folklife, Hempfest, Salmon Homecoming, and Tulalip Heritage Festival, the Muckleshoot Amphitheater, the Showbox SODO, Dante’s, Neumos, Scarlet Tree, and The Mix. Daisy Chain released its debut album Pickin’ Flowers in 2015 and went on a West Coast tour in the early spring of 2015. The tour kicked off in Albuquerque, NM during the Gathering of Nations Powwow. DC then headed west to the Viper Room in LA and on to gigs in Oakland and northern California. The band is currently working on a second album. Check out Daisy Chain’s Facebook page.
Daisy Chain will open for Buffy Sainte-Marie on Friday, October 19 at the Bing.
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