A collection of familiar faces and nostalgic voices representing Native contributions to film.

NATIVE ACTORS AND FILMMAKERS

VISUAL STORYTELLERS

Each chapter in this collective biography is a self-contained profile that sparks interest in Native people working in the entertainment industry.

Readers will explore Native American, First Nation, and Indigenous actors, filmmakers, and more from the United States and Canada. Each minibiography describes the individual’s early childhood and professional career and closes with a selected filmography. Direct quotes from the subjects help enliven their stories. Readers will encounter personal anecdotes, like Indigenous Mexican American cinematographer Gilbert Salas’ memory of watching a movie with his mother when his grandmother thought they were at church. Actor Tantoo Cardinal (Métis, Cree, Dene, and Nakota), who has appeared in more than 120 productions, talks about using her acting to tell “the truth of our Indigenous history, because so many lies had been told about us.” The book also looks at television shows and commercials, such as the “Grandma Running” New Balance commercial created by Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Diné), inspired by elderly women he had observed dancing at powwows in athletic shoes. The wide range of roles covered informs readers about the industry and Native creatives’ work both in front of and behind the camera. This slim volume is a jumping-off point for those wishing to learn more, and it includes a list of resources pointing readers to additional information about the film industry and Native cinema-related organizations and events.

A collection of familiar faces and nostalgic voices representing Native contributions to film. (glossary, bibliography, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: April 28, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-99053-31-2

Page Count: 136

Publisher: 7th Generation

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2021

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Small but mighty necessary reading.

THE NEW QUEER CONSCIENCE

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A miniature manifesto for radical queer acceptance that weaves together the personal and political.

Eli, a cis gay white Jewish man, uses his own identities and experiences to frame and acknowledge his perspective. In the prologue, Eli compares the global Jewish community to the global queer community, noting, “We don’t always get it right, but the importance of showing up for other Jews has been carved into the DNA of what it means to be Jewish. It is my dream that queer people develop the same ideology—what I like to call a Global Queer Conscience.” He details his own isolating experiences as a queer adolescent in an Orthodox Jewish community and reflects on how he and so many others would have benefitted from a robust and supportive queer community. The rest of the book outlines 10 principles based on the belief that an expectation of mutual care and concern across various other dimensions of identity can be integrated into queer community values. Eli’s prose is clear, straightforward, and powerful. While he makes some choices that may be divisive—for example, using the initialism LGBTQIAA+ which includes “ally”—he always makes clear those are his personal choices and that the language is ever evolving.

Small but mighty necessary reading. (resources) (Nonfiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09368-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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Best enjoyed by preexisting fans of the author.

CONTINUUM

From the Pocket Change Collective series

Deaf, trans artist Man meditates on his journey and identity in this brief memoir.

Growing up in conservative central Pennsylvania was tough for the 21-year-old Deaf, genderqueer, pansexual, and biracial (Chinese/White Jewish) author. He describes his gender and sexual identity, his experiences of racism and ableism, and his desire to use his visibility as a YouTube personality, model, and actor to help other young people like him. He is open and vulnerable throughout, even choosing to reveal his birth name. Man shares his experiences of becoming deaf as a small child and at times feeling ostracized from the Deaf community but not how he arrived at his current Deaf identity. His description of his gender-identity development occasionally slips into a well-worn pink-and-blue binary. The text is accompanied and transcended by the author’s own intriguing, expressionistic line drawings. However, Man ultimately falls short of truly insightful reflection or analysis, offering a mostly surface-level account of his life that will likely not be compelling to readers who are not already fans. While his visibility and success as someone whose life represents multiple marginalized identities are valuable in themselves, this heartfelt personal chronicle would have benefited from deeper introspection.

Best enjoyed by preexisting fans of the author. (Memoir. 12-18)

Pub Date: June 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-22348-2

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 25, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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