Lumbee Film Festival

The 3rd annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place July 2-4, 2020. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States.

“It is wonderful to have an opportunity for the community to come for free to see films made for and by American Indians, amplifying our voices, our challenges and our accomplishments,” said Festival Director Kim Pevia.

Lumbee Staff

Kim Pevia

Kim Pevia is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a skilled workshop facilitator. Her workshops are experiential and transformational. She specializes in identifying  the issues that keep us stuck and addresses them by developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them.  Her favorite work is done in circles.  Her favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear, most of which she includes in Race, Equity and Inclusion work.  Born and educated in Baltimore, MD she currently lives in Robeson County, NC where her roots run deep as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. 

She serves on many local, state and national boards that support community activism and local economy through arts, food, culture and tourism. She recently served as Chair of the Board of Alternate Roots.  In 2015 she founded Artist Market-Pembroke, providing retail opportunities for local and regional artists in southeast North Carolina. Her love of community and films is expressed as the curator of the annual Lumbee Film Festival (along with Cucalorus) and the quarterly CommUnity Cinema (in partnership with Working Films). She expresses her creativity as a writer and workshop/training facilitator.

Chad Locklear

Chad Locklear was born (and still lives) in St. Pauls, NC. He is the director of marketing for the Givens Performing Arts Center at UNC Pembroke. In 2015, Chad organized the 4th River People Music Festival, which highlighted local and national American Indian musicians. He also performed at numerous venues as a member of the traditional native group, the Deer Clan Singers. His previous work was in journalism and graphic design at UNC Wilmington and the Fayetteville Observer. Chad earned a graduate degree in liberal studies from UNC Wilmington and bachelor’s degrees in communication and art studies from N.C. State University. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in digital communications at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism & Media. 

Read More about the Second Annual Lumbee Film Festival in 2019


Here’s the full schedule of 2019 films:


Thursday, May 16

5:30 PM: Shorts / 47:23

Telling People You’re Native American When You’re Not… / Joey Clift / 2:02

Shiny Object / Kevin Tikivik / 5:00

Lumbee Art Legacy / Landon Oxendine / 6:34

Raven Goes Fishing / Daniel Foreman / 9:26

Gʷidəq (Geoduck) / Tracy Rector / 6:13

Gutk’odau (Yellow) / Adam Piron / 8:24

The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets / Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys / 9:44


7:30 PM: Feature / 85:00

Words from a Bear (Kiowa) / Jeffrey Palmer / 85:00


Friday, May 17 

5:30 PM: Shorts / 49:43

Shell No / Tracy Rector / 6:52

Inuk Hunter / George Annanack / 4:05

What Lumbee Means to My Family / Evan Ramseur / 7:56

A History of Service (Auburn Veterans) / Tracy Rector / 4:23

Maintaining Cultural Identity as Lumbee Women / Reagan Cummings / 7:09

Mommy goes race / Charlene McConini / 5:50

Sweetheart Dancers / Ben-Alex Dupris / 13:28


7:30 PM: Feature / 90:00

Kayak to Klemtu / Zoe Hopkins / 90:00

Read More about the First Annual Lumbee Film Festival in 2018

Read Festival Director Kim Pevia’s interview with the Fayetteville Observer. 

The First Ever Lumbee Film Festival took place on June 23rd, 2018 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Thomas Family Entrepreneurship Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 202 Main St. in Pembroke. The highlight of the festival was a 7 p.m. screening of “Warrior Women,” directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle. The film tells the story of the American Indian movement from the perspective of Madonna Thunder Hawk of the Oohenumpa Lakota tribe. Thunder Hawk and King attended the festival to discuss the film.

Here’s the full schedule of 2018 films:

3pm: Shorts Block

Real Indian / Malinda Maynor Lowery
After All / Brannigan Carter
Get Up / Brannigan Carter
Creation & Hope / Keith Carter, Gia Kereselidze
Ohero:kon / Katsitsionni Fox
Water Warriors / Michael Premo

4:30pm: Panel Discussion
Who Tells Our Stories: Extraction and Appropriation in Indigenous Communities
Featuring community organizers, filmmakers and tribe members discussing cultural extraction, cultural appropriation, and other issues faced by indigenous communities and their work within the cultural sector.

5:30pm: Grand Opening Celebration
Launching the Lumbee Film Festival: Reception with refreshments and special guests

7pm: Feature Film
Warrior Women, directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle
featuring Special Guest Madonna Thunder Hawk
Screens with: Lumbee Spring Moon Powwow / John “ManiQ” Whittemore

**Films from the Lumbee Filmmaking Challenge were shared at both screenings**