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The two-night event features four screenings and boasts two Native American stories.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'Once Upon A River' is the story of a Native American teen who journeys down the Stark River in search of her estranged mother, which will be shown at the Madras Performing Arts Center.
As a part of the Bend Film Festival, four films will be screened at the Madras Performing Arts Center between Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12.

The first of the four films, "Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Eastern Oregon," begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, running until 6:55 p.m.

The film's director, Tim Keenan Burgess, and producer, Kunu Bearchum, are scheduled to attend the showing.

The film features the voices of indigenous scientists and elders from several Oregon interior tribes, including the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, as they share observations of their changing environment, natural resource issues, and the beauty of tribes' traditional arts, music and storytelling.

The evening showing serves as the Central Oregon premiere of the film.SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'I Want My MTV,' a documentary chronicling MTV's major cultural impact on cable television, will also be shown as a part of four screenings of the Bend Film Festival, to be shown in Madras next weekend.

"I Want My MTV," set to follow the showing of "Native Wisdom," chronicles the cultural impact and early days of MTV. Launching Aug. 1, 1981, the innovative new channel burst onto the rising spectrum of cable TV offerings. It became a touchstone for young people and a new format for musicians and filmmakers to show off their talents.

The showing begins at 7:45 on Friday, with a runtime of 86 minutes and will be accompanied by a 9-minute short film, "Pie in the Puss: A Brief History of Pieing in Film."

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Madras presence of the festival begins with a showing of "Once Upon A River." Set in rural Michigan in the 1970's, "Once Upon A River" is the story of Native American teenager Margo Crane, who is forced to journey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. As Margo uses the skills she was taught by her father to survive, she meets many characters along the way. Despite the challenges, Margo is able to stay true to herself as she discovers what it means to live.

The film's appearance at the festival is serving as its Oregon premiere. The Madras showing begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 7:08 p.m. It will be preceded by the short-six-minute film "Elohi," which is "an attempt to translate the voice of the place the stories call Cherokee Country."

The final portion of the film festival in Madras will be a screening of several short films, ranging in length from two minutes to 28 minutes. The films include, "We Are Forbidden," "Motherland," "Gun Shop," "Singing for King," "All on a Mardi Gras Day," "The Flip," and "Ground Rush."

The short film screening begins at 7:45 p.m., following "Once Upon A River."

For full descriptions of the short films, information about other films being shown in Bend, or to buy tickets ahead of time, visit

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the event, as well. Admission is $5 per screening and cash or credit cards will be accepted on site.

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