american indian film institute presents REDx Talks

Come join us for a special evening as AIFI welcomes REDx Talks to the 42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival. REDx TALKS is a Canadian series that expresses and embodies Indigenous world views from elders, teachers, youth and allies. 

Location  401 Van Ness, 4th Floor -Education Studio, San Francisco, California 94102

Event Schedule    6:00- 9:30 pm

Reception   6:00 - 6:45 pm - Complimentary: Buffalo, frybread, chocolate, wine

AIFI Welcome: Michael Smith     7:00 pm - 7:10pm

Presentations: 20-minute segments

  •        Cowboy Smithx
  •        Ernie Tsosie
  •        Morning Star Gali
  •        Eugene Brave Rock

Sneak Peak of AH-HOS-TEEND - "Retired" directed by Shonie Delarosa & Chris Kientz, 20 minutes

Starring Ernie Tsosie & Gerald Vandever

Ticket $75.00 - Limited Seating



Cowboy Smithx is an award-winning filmmaker of Blackfoot Ancestry from the Piikani and Kainai tribes of Southern Alberta. He is the curator of the highly acclaimed International Indigenous speaker series REDx Talks, and creative director for the Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society.


Ernie tsosie - Comedian, Actor, Motivational Speaker, Mentor

Ernie Tsosie is an award-winning actor, comedian, and motivational speaker. Ernie has been a professional presenter and performer since 1996, when he appeared in his first professional acting job for the Actors Theater of Phoenix. Since then Ernie has gone on to work as a professional performer and presenter in films, television, theatre, stand-up comedy and radio, as well as in Native American events, communities, schools and wellness programs.

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MORNING STAR GALI, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

A member of the Ajumawi band of the Pit River Tribe in Northeastern California, Gali currently works as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe. Prior to returning to her ancestral homelands and working for her tribe, she served as a volunteer and advocate on behalf of Indigenous incarcerated tribal members in California and worked with a number of Indigenous-led grassroots organizations in the Bay Area for over a decade.



Brave Rock is an actor best known for his role of "The Chief" in Wonder Woman (2017) starring Gal Gadot in the title role. He was born and raised at the foothills of Rocky Mountains of southern Alberta, Canada on the Kainai (Blood) Reserve. Stunt Skills acquired as a performer in "Buffalo Bills Wild West Show" at Euro-Disney in Paris France led to other opportunities in film and television including setting up boot camp for Native American Stunt performers featured in the Oscar award winning film "The Revenant".