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ArchaeologyFest Film Series: Best of 2014!

ArchaeologyFest Film Series: 
Best of 2014

A benefit for The Archaeology Channel
International Film and Video Festival

5th Ave. Cinema
510 SW Hall St., Portland
January 17, 2015

Doors open a half-hour before showtime on the dates indicated below.  Admission $7.  Tickets at the door.  These are the best films from the 2014 edition of TAC Festival.  (The 2015 edition of TAC Festival takes place in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute and at the Baker Downtown Center in downtown Eugene, May 15-19, 2015.)

Program D: Saturday, January 17, 7:30 pm
Framing the Other (Netherlands) 25 min
The Mursi tribe resides in the basin of the Omo River, in the east African state of Ethiopia.  Mursi women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings, which have become a subject of tourist attraction in recent years.  Each year, hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned natives, so that posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for the Mursi.  To make more money, they embellish their “costumes” and finery to appear more exotic to the outsiders.  However, by exaggerating their habits and lifestyle in such a manner, they are beginning to disintegrate their traditional culture.  This film portrays the complex relationship between tourism and indigenous communities by revealing the intimate and intriguing thoughts of a Mursi woman from southern Ethiopia and a Dutch tourist as they prepare to meet each other.  This humorous, yet simultaneously chilling, film shows the destructive impact tourism has on traditional communities.  (Honorable Mention by Jury in Best Film competition; Honorable Mention by Jury for Narration; Best Public Education Value by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Script; Honorable Mention by Jury for Music; Honorable Mention by Jury for Inspiration; Audience Favorite)

Dance of the Maize God (USA) 96 min.
Over the past 50 years, thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, almost all looted from tombs, have flooded into public and private collections.  These amazing works of art have opened an extraordinary window into the Maya past.  But the race to unearth these treasures has destroyed temples and palaces, culminating in the takeover of entire ancient cities by looter armies.  Dance of the Maize God enters the world of the vases to explore the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art.  The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, scholars, dealers, and curators. For each, these vases have a radically different value and meaning.  (Best Film by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Narration; Best Animation & Effects by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Public Education Value; Best Script by Jury; Honorable Mention by Jury for Cinematography; Honorable Mention by Jury for Music; Honorable Mention by Jury for Inspiration; Honorable Mention in Audience Favorite competition) 

TAC Festival 2015 to be held in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute
ALI announces the next edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, May 15-19, 2015, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute, 868 High Street (for film screenings May 15-17), and at the University of Oregon Baker Downtown Center, 975 High Street (for our Conference on Cultural Heritage Film, May 18-19), in downtown Eugene, Oregon.  TAC Festival will bring to Oregon the world’s best films on archaeology, ancient cultures, and indigenous peoples.  The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Dennis Jenkins, the discoverer of the famous Paisley Caves coprolites.  Please join us in welcoming to Eugene the people of the world for this cinematic celebration of the human cultural heritage.  Details at

Earlier Event: December 7
Later Event: January 18
PDX New Year Shorts Film Festival!