EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s longest-running film festival, The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, opens its 19th annual edition May 11 with the Festival Banquet at the Gordon Hotel in Eugene.
"This edition represents another step in the growth of this event that brings international prestige to the local community," organizers said in a news release.
The five-day event offers film screenings and will also feature expert speakers, a guided tour, TAC Conference on Cultural Heritage Media, and a Saturday social gathering, and will conclude with an awards reception on May 15th at the WOW Hall.
“The film-making world is producing more and more truly outstanding films about the human past and diverse cultures around the globe. These films are inspiring as well as entertaining. A central goal for us is to promote the development of this genre of film-making and to draw audiences to support it. Film-makers and TAC Conference presenters will come from many countries and US states,” says Festival Director and ALI head Rick Pettigrew. “Our 2021 launch of Heritage Broadcasting Service gives film-makers another good reason to participate in Lane County’s longest-running film festival, as we are on the lookout for premium content to stream, and this competition is a perfect proving ground. This year’s lineup of films is outstanding in terms of diversity, innovation and quality film-making. We very much look forward to bringing people together safely to enjoy this wonderful form of storytelling.”
They accepted 77 film entries from 21 countries for their 19th season.
The 19 films in the competition cover a variety of subjects from around the globe: places as far apart as Ireland and Malaysia and across the human timeline from the Minoan Bronze Age to the 1970s in Los Angeles. Also included is the daring rescue of museum artifacts from war-torn Aleppo, the real story about who wrote the Bible, the struggle of people in the Himalayas to preserve their pristine environment, and an animated short drama about native life in Borneo, among others.
Dr. Don Blakeslee will appear as the Keynote Speaker at the Festival Banquet, presenting on his fieldwork and documentary research focused on the Wichita town of Etzanoa, the present location of Arkansas City, Kansas.
While Arkansas City today has a population of 12,000, the Native American town there had an estimated population of 20,000. A pitched battle took place at this location in 1601 between a force of 1500 Wichita fighters and a Spanish Conquistador army led by Juan de Oñate, who had founded the Spanish colony of New Mexico in 1598. The Wichita fighters repulsed the Spaniards, who never returned to Kansas.
In 2015, a film crew from Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI), the Eugene nonprofit that organizes TAC Festival, followed Dr. Blakeslee and his archaeological field school at the Etzanoa site, as they found direct evidence of this battle and the huge Wichita town.
Footage from that activity is a key part of the documentary film, “Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains,” produced by ALI and now available for viewing on ALI’s subscription video platform, Heritage Broadcasting Service (heritagetac.org). Dr. Blakeslee is a Professor of Anthropology and archaeologist at Wichita State University, where he specializes in Great Plains archaeology. TAC Festival is proud to welcome Dr. Blakeslee, and we look forward to hearing him speak.
"Come to the Emerald City of Eugene from May 11th to the 15th and explore the wonders of human cultures past and present in the works of skilled media producers," the organizers said.
The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival affords the viewer a chance to experience the world’s best cultural heritage films: visually rich, technically sophisticated works which are artistically produced and as entertaining as they are informative. It also provides a forum for media producers and others interested in the genre to share perspectives and form collaborations.
For a complete list of films, presentations, activities, and other Festival information, visit here: http://bit.ly/TACIFF.
The following is a list and brief description of the films in this year’s Festival competition: