Kissed by Lightning screens at Movies in the Park

​Movie screenings in the park are a popular summertime standard. Classic films play out for audiences spread out on blankets under the stars.

This Thursday night, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will host a movie and music evening at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. But instead of just a random flick, this week's film, Kissed by Lightning, is the third in a series of indigenous works showcased this summer that have been presented at international festivals and to sold out crowds at the Walker Art Center. 

Kissed by Lightning is the directorial debut of Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, and has won Best Indigenous Film at the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival. It tells the story of a Mohawk artist who keeps the memories of loved ones alive through her paintings, and shows the journey she takes through art.

The evening will begin with a musical performance by local singer songwriter Mitch Walking Elk, a folk artist with a blues touch. And while overlooking St. Anthony Falls, there isn't a more picturesque way to take in the sights and sounds of indigenous art. The concert will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk. 

​The final night in the series of indigenous Music and Movies in the Park is on August 12, and will feature a new generation of filmmakers with student-produced short films from local youth media programs, and a screening of the new Ojibwe language film from Minneapolis filmmaker Elizabeth Day Magic Wands.

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