TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2017) – California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF), sponsored by the Pechanga Development Corporation, announces an exclusive screening of director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” which stars Christian Bale as a 19th-century Army Captain tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne elder (Wes Studi) through hostile territory to his sacred Montana lands.

The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Adam Beach, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, and Q’orianka Kilcher.  “Hostiles” had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2017 and was acquired for distribution by Entertainment Studios this month. CAIIFF is one of only a few film festival venues with permission to show this film, which will kick off November’s Native American Heritage Month.

“Hostiles” is a powerful western set in the grim 1890s and takes audiences on an emotional ride involving themes of reconciliation and forgiveness. Bale and Studi speak both Cheyenne and English throughout the film, and the filmmakers sought the cultural guidance of The Native Networkers, a native-owned media consulting company providing authentic representation of American Indian representation and storylines.

Accompanying the film at the screening will be Director Scott Cooper, and stars Wes Studi and Q’orianka Kilcher.

The three-day festival in November will feature a line-up of dozens of films, shorts and documentaries by American Indian & Indigenous filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors. It will also offer several Q&A sessions with actors and an exclusive, invite-only reception at Pechanga’s rooftop venue, the Eagle’s Nest, to honor those making a significant impact in American Indian and Indigenous arts.

Ticket pricing and line-up are as follows:

  • Thursday screening (RUMBLE): $15
  • Friday 1491’s performance: $15
  • Saturday youth program: FREE
  • Saturday matinee shorts program: FREE
  • Saturday matinee feature film (MANKILLER) Free
  • Saturday closing night screening (HOSTILES): $15
  • Saturday night VIP reception: Invite only

“We are thrilled to be holding this special screening of “Hostiles” on tribal lands with invited American Indian political and cultural dignitaries from throughout Indian Country,” said Dr. Joely Proudfit, CAIIFF Director.

Not only will guests be able to check out the exclusive feature film “Hostiles” on Saturday night, but they can also look forward to the screening of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” a feature film scheduled to show on Thursday, Opening Night, November 2.  “Rumble” is a powerful documentary about how Native Americans influenced Rock ‘n Roll followed by a live performance by Taboo and Mag 7 on their recent VMA win.  Audiences will have the opportunity to view Saturday matinees, film shorts and the matinee feature film MANKILLER for free.

MANKILLER is a documentary celebrating a leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people. During a time when American Indians found themselves disenfranchised and undervalued by the United States at large, Wilma emerged as a champion of the Cherokee Nation and became its first female Principal Chief in 1985.

The VIP reception is not open to the public, however credentialed media are welcome to cover the event. Members of the media should contact Jessica Newton at 951-526-1867 or jnewton@pechanga.com to cover the screenings, Q&A’s or the VIP reception.

To get a sneak peak of the 2017 CAIIFF, check out the promo reel.