In conjunction with the screening of Winter in the Blood at this year’s Austin Film Festival, the Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie to UT Austin for a panel discussion on “Adapting Ethnicity.”
Alexie, one of the associate producers of the film, will join directors and writers Alex and Andrew Smith, writer Ken White, and cast members Lily Gladstone, Julia Jones, Chaske Spencer, and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson to explore the complexities of reading race in literature and film, writing and casting characters of color, and adapting culture and cultural representations for the big screen. Lois Welch will also be in attendance to talk about the adaptation of her husband James Welch's novel into film.
Sherman Alexie has won a National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), the PEN/Hemingway Award for The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award, to name a few. In addition to Winter in the Blood, his film credits include Smoke Signals (1998), a critically acclaimed movie inspired by his short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." With a style that has been described as “emotionally spring-loaded, linguistically gymnastic, and devastatingly funny," Alexie captures both the trauma and dignity of contemporary Native American life.
The 2013-2014 edition of TILTS, “Reading Race in Literature & Film,” brings together scholars, artists, filmmakers, and writers for conversations about the ways that we experience race and ethnicity. TILTS is an annual, multidisciplinary initiative that showcases dynamic scholarship in literary and textual based studies. TILTS is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Vice-Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English of The University of Texas at Austin. The co-sponsor of this event is the Austin Film Festival.