Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Oregon and California. In Portland, he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. He received his BA from Portland State University and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has been exhibited around the world, including at ImagineNATIVE, Sundance, TIFF, NYFF, the Whitney Biennial (2017), and four previous editions of Media City Film Festival. His film Jáaji Approx. had its festival premiere and was awarded MCFF’s Third Prize (2014). He is the recipient of the More with Less Award from the Images Festival (2016), the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2016), the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship (2018). He was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2018-2019), and Sundance (2019). He is Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard, and an MCFF Chrysalis and Guggenheim Fellow (2020).
A DISLOCATED WILD: FILMS BY SKY HOPINKA
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become, 12.5 min, 2016; Jáaji Approx., 7.5 min, 2015; Dislocation Blues, 17 min, 2017; Visions of an Island, 15 min, 2016; Fainting Spells, 11 min, 2018
Curated by Oona Mosna