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Project Premiere: Billy Luther's "Grab" at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York

June 2, 2011

June 16 (6:00pm reception, 7:00pm screening)
June 18 (2:00pm screening)
National Museum of the American Indian, New York

2008 Film/Video grantee Billy Luther premieres Grab at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York on Thursday, June 16 and Saturday, June 18. The screenings are part of NMAI's At the Movies series, and tickets to both screenings are free (RSVP required for June 16, click here for details).

Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, a community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal that exists at the intersection of traditional Native and contemporary Western cultures. Each year, Laguna Pueblo villagers in New Mexico honor Catholic saints and individual family members by throwing food and gifts from the rooftops of their homes to the community that gathers below. The film, which is narrated by Parker Posey, follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives for the year leading up to Grab Day. As the seconds tick away to the moment of the grab, local children reach to the sky, preparing to be showered with water, gifts and blessings. Grab was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The Museum’s screenings of Grab are presented in conjunction with a concurrent exhibition of the same title, featuring photos by Idris Rheubottom, Tony Craig and Cybelle Codish, who captured still images of Grab Day under Luther’s direction during the making of the documentary.

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