Cloquet woman’s film looks at American Indians in medicineLorraine Norrgard is in the editing stages of a film about the life and art of Ojibwe artist Carl Gawboy.
By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, Pine Journal
Lorraine Norrgard is in the editing stages of a film about the life and art of Ojibwe artist Carl Gawboy.
While that is in the works, an award-winning film the Cloquet filmmaker directed in 1997 will be at the forefront of a fundraiser for the Duluth YWCA.
“Looks into the Night” will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Teatro Zuccone and will be followed by a discussion that by a panel of women that includes Norrgard. There is a suggested donation of $5-$10.
The film stars actor Tantoo Cardinal, who was in “Dances with Wolves” and “Legends of the Fall,” Valerie Red-Horse and Kimberly Norris, and was a small-budget piece funded by grants from the American Film Institute and Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium and produced with volunteer actors and stage crews.
It is the story of an American Indian medical student’s attempts to combine traditional ways with modern medicine.
“It’s still relevant, and it’s a story that is timeless in a lot of ways,” Norrgard said of the first dramatic film she directed. “It’s a story that I’ve heard. My son is in medical school. I’ve been around a lot of medical people to hear this. Also, I just really think it’s important for Native American women to have a voice in a story.
“It’s a story that still speaks for the need for more American Indian women in film, and the challenges of being an American Indian trying to walk between two worlds.”
Norrgard is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed about 30 films in the past 20 years. Some of the bigger awards “Looks into the Night” won include Best Dramatic Short at the San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, as well as Best Native Voices at the Fargo International Film Festival.
Norrgard’s film about Gawboy is expected to be finished in June.