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Wednesday, Nov 5 2008
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Last year about this time, the Fillmore was home to a benefit concert for the Longest Walk 2, the thirty-year anniversary of a cross-country demonstration to raise awareness of environmental issues. Kris Kristofferson played, Dennis Banks was there, and Peter Coyote spoke. We had heard Buffy Sainte-Marie was going to be there, but she wasn't; we were happy to bask in the star power of actor Wes Studi instead. One other performer wasn't able to make it that night, either: Organizers announced from the stage that Floyd Red Crow Westerman was very ill, and he passed on not too much later. At the American Indian Film Festival this evening, "Rembembering Floyd Red Crow Westerman" is a musical tribute to the actor who played "Ten Bears" in Dances With Wolves, and who was also a high-profile human rights activist and a beloved musician.

Later in the festival, the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show sees actors and filmmakers from the fest's offerings (over 100 films altogether) in line to be honored by an American Indian Film Institute-selected jury. Guess who's up for best actor? Not Wes Studi – he's up for best supporting actor. No, best actor we're calling for Adam Beach, who first got people's attention in Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals; both men are nominated for their performances in Georgina Lightning's based-on-a-true-story feature Older Than America.

"Rembembering Floyd Red Crow Westerman" starts at 7 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), S.F.
Nov. 7-15, 2008

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