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Preview Features Miss Navajo

September 18, 2007

Miss Navajo, an affectionate look at an annual tribal nation pageant, will be the next preview in the MPTV Community Cinema series at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.

The new monthly series, sponsored by Milwaukee Public Television, is free and open to the public. Filmmaker and director Billy Luther will lead a discussion following the 52-minute documentary.

For more than 50 years, the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant has given its contestants opportunities to showcase not just their beauty, but also their skills in dance, music and sheep slaughtering. By following contestants in their quest for the crown and featuring personal stories of recent winners, Miss Navajo becomes a celebration of womanhood.

Luther, whose own mother was crowned Miss Navajo in 1966, studied film at Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he began writing and directing short films. Miss Navajo is his first feature-length documentary.

The film also will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Theater. The presentation is part of a UWM class in documentary filmmaking, but also will be free and open to the general public.

Miss Navajo, part of public television's Independent Lens series, will be broadcast on MPTV-10 later in the fall.

Two more Community Cinema screenings are scheduled. All programs begin at 7 p.m. at Discovery World, and will be followed by a discussion with special guests:

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, Thursday, Nov. 8. Dr. Jack Kessler, a prominent neurologist, shifts his diabetes research to stem cell research when his daughter is paralyzed from the waist down.
An Unreasonable Man, Thursday, Dec. 6. This program takes an unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of recent times.

Both productions also will be shown in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Union Theater at 7:30 p.m. the night before their MPTV Community Cinema screenings.

MPTV Community Cinema is one of a number of new services, special events and local programs commemorating Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary. Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, viewers enjoy a broad choice of quality programs on MPTV-10, MPTV-36, MPTV-HD and an array of digital services.
MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.