“Kissed by Lightning” Indigenous Film Screening

Culture & Identity  •  Virginia Indians

Screenshot from Kissed by Lightning
Screenshot from Kissed by Lightning

Newcomb Hall Theater

McCormick Rd., Charlottesville 22903
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Public screening of film by celebrated Mohawk filmmaker and visual artist Shelley Niro with musician ElizaBeth Hill (First Nations, Canada). A Q&A moderated by Karenne Wood, director Virginia Indian Programs at VFH and a reception will follow.

Kissed by Lightning, a film directed by Shelley Niro with music by ElizaBeth Hill, will be screened in Newcomb Theatre at the University of Virginia on Tuesday, September 26th at 5:30pm.

Shelley Niro (Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan) is a multimedia artist whose iconic visual narratives incorporate photography, painting, sculpture, poetry, film, and beadwork to disrupt stereotypes of Native identities and histories. She recently received two prestigious Canadian art awards, the 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Scotiabank Photography Award.

ElizaBeth Hill (Mohawk) is a singer-songwriter whose music reflects both her Native background and her past experience living and working in Nashville, Tennessee. Hill writes lyrics in both English and Mohawk and composes music for dance, theatre, and film.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists, moderated by Karenne Wood, director of the Virginia Indian Program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

This event is supported by an Arts Enhancement Grant from the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.


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