Crow Stories Film Screening and Q & A with Sean Kernan
March 5th, 2017
4 pm – 6 pm
Sean Kernan will present his documentary film, Crow Stories, and hold a Q & A session afterwards. A bit about Crow Stories:
The long journey began with a surprising call. Come spend a week on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Wander around, make pictures of whatever you like. So a door opened, and for the next six years Sean Kernan went back and back to the ancestral lands of the Crow along the Little Bighorn River, in all weathers and seasons, photographing and filming the land, the people and the life that he found there.
Crow Stories is a unique immersion into the world of the Crow Indians. The film is all experience – of hunting buffalo in the Bighorn Mountains, of Sundancers rehearsing in a nighttime meadow, of the fierce intra-tribal battles of the Handgame.
Mervin White talks about the place of the horse in the tribe’s culture, and we follow a herd as it gallops across the high pastures while poet Henry Realbird sings his Rivers of Horse. Kevin Dust recalls the unexpected audition that led to 20 years in the Wild West show at Disneyland Paris. Rising star rapper Superman offers his Prayer.
There’s a poignant moment when Etting Little Owl sings a song just for the filmmaker… and his camera. Joe Medicine Crow, the last War Chief, tells how to live a balanced life. Where else could we find such wisdom?
And once again Custer comes to a bad end, as he does every year in the re-enactment right where his famous Last Stand took place.
During six years of filming, people unfolded their thoughts and lives, and Kernan’s work was simply to listen. “I was given the enormous gift of a sojourn far out beyond my usual world. Now all I want is to pass this gift along to anyone who would like to travel there with me.” And who wouldn’t.
Bio: Sean Kernan is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He came to photography from theater, and is the author of two monographs, The Secret Books (with Jorge Luis Borges) and Among Trees. He has produced and directed two documentaries, The Kampala Boxing Club, about boxing in Africa, and Crow Stories, about the Crow Tribe of Montana.
He has exhibited at galleries and museums accross the US and the world, including: Centre Regional de la Photographie, Duchy, France; Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt; Photosynkiria, Thessaloniki, Greece; William Benton Museum; Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico; Friends of Photography (San Francisco); Wesleyan University, Connecticut; Whitney Museum (New York), and has created media performance pieces at Mass MoCA and Guggenheim Projects in New York, mosagt recently a theater/dance/multimedia piece, The Drowned Man.
His photos have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, New York, Harpers, Bloomberg, Communication Arts, Graphis, Polyrama (Switzerland), Photo World (China), as well as magazines in Iran, Greece, Italy, and Switzerland, and has done a wide range of advertising work for clients such as AT&T, Amex, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Dow Jones, Harvard, and Knoll,
He has taught and lectured at the New School/Parsons, Art Center (Pasadena), Yale Medical School, International Center for Photography, University of Texas, Wesleyan University, and has won numerous awards, most recently from the Center in Santa Fe for teaching, as well as a Doctorate (HC) from Art Center in Pasadena. He writes about creativity, the arts and commerce, with articles in Communication Arts, Graphis, and Lenswork, among others.