Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo's point of view is infinitely more interesting than the average indie director's, forgoing hip soundtracks and Wes Anderson-isms for simple portraits of Native American life in modern day Oklahoma. His latest film, Barking Water, was inspired by a letter dictated to Harjo by his grandmother in an Oklahoma hospital, who was sick and didn't trust her daughters to let her finish out her days in the comfort of her own home. Luckily, she recovered, while the film she inspired went on to premiere at Sundance. The film changes up the story somewhat, however, focusing on Frankie, a dying man who rekindles a relationship with a long lost flame (Irene) in the hopes that she'll take him to visit his daughter one last time. Barking Water screens 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 184 of the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building at UNT (1179 Union Circle in Denton), followed by a Q&A session with Harjo. Admission is free. Call 940-565-2537 for more info.
Thu., April 29, 7 p.m., 2010