Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) Presents: Winter in the Blood and Welcomes author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie

Sun, October 27, 2013

The Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) and the Austin Film Festival invite you to a public screening of Winter in the Blood, the 2012 adaptation of James Welch’s first novel and an Official Selection of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. The 2013-2014 edition of TILTS, “Reading Race in Literature & Film,” brings together scholars, artists, filmmakers, and writers for conversations about the ways that we experience race and ethnicity. Winter in the Blood has been an important contributor to such discussions since its publication in 1974. The novel, in which a young Blackfeet man wanders the Montana Hi-Line grieving for the loss of his brother and father and searching for connections to his family and tribal history, was hailed by the New York Times as “a nearly flawless novel about human life.”  Directors Alex and Andrew Smith capture the beauty, trauma, and humor that marked Welch’s story. The screening will take place on Sunday, October 27, at 5 PM at the Paramount Theater.

In conjunction with the screening of Winter in the Blood at this year’s Austin Film Festival, the Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to UT Austin for a panel discussion on “Adapting Ethnicity.” Alexie, one of the Associate Producers of the film, will join directors and writers Alex and Andrew Smith, writer Ken White, and cast members Lily Gladstone, Julia Jones, Chaske Spencer, and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson to explore the complexities of reading race in literature and film, writing and casting characters of color, and adapting culture and cultural representations for the big screen. Lois Welch will also be in attendance to talk about her husband James Welch's work.

Alexie has won a National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award, to name a few. In addition to Winter in the Blood, his film credits include Smoke Signals (1998), a critically acclaimed movie inspired by his short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." With a style that has been described as “emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic, and devastatingly funny," Alexie captures both the trauma and dignity of contemporary Native American life.
The “Adapting Ethnicity” panel will take place on Monday, October 28, at 4:30 PM at the Texas Union Theatre. A reception will follow in the Santa Rita Suite of the Texas Union (UNB 3.502). Doors open at 4:00 PM. Seating is limited so please arrive early.

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