Movable Fest starts Jan. 16

Peninsula College and the Port Townsend Film Festival will bring A Movable Fest, films from the film festival, to Peninsula College's Little Theater for the second year.

The series opens with "The Exiles," which has been called one of the most honest portrayals of contemporary Native American life ever put to film.

The film chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles - transplants from Southwest reservations - as they flirt, drink, party, fight and dance.

Kent Mackenzie conceived of "The Exiles" while making his short film "Bunker Hill - 1956" as a student at the University of Southern California. In July 1957, he began hanging around with young Native Americans in downtown Los Angeles and then broached the subject of making a film that would present a realistic portrayal of Indian life in the community.

All the actors, some of whom were literally recruited on the spur of the moment, play themselves in the film.

Will Rogers Jr., of the National Congress of American Indians, said simply: "Gripping, dramatic, tender and true, 'The Exiles' is an outstanding motion picture."

Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door or $1 with a current Peninsula College Student ID card.

For film series questions or to be added to the series e-mail list,

e-mail Bruce Hattendorf at

First movie for

film series

What: "The Exiles"

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16

Where: Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles

Tickets: $5 at the door, $1 with P.C. student ID.

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