Film screenings happen every Wednesday at 8pm

Outdoor Film screenings are at dusk (sundown) out on the Comfort Station lawn.

Music performances happen every Thursday at 7pm

Art openings happen the first Saturday of every month, and are displayed for the entirety of the month

All other events happen intermittently


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Comfort Film presents the 2016 First Nations Film and Video Festival

  • Comfort Station 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

We are proud to be a venue for the First Nations Film and Video Festival.



Hickey Gone Wrong by jay cardinal villeneuve (7:25)

OH NO! Grant has his first official hickey and he doesn't want his parents to find out. Join us as we follow him through this passage of warriorhood as the town pitches in to offer in sage advice in the ways of "the passion bruise." Based on Richard Van Camp's short graphic novel comic, "Hickey Gone Wrong", this is Fort Smith's gift to the world as a hilarious home grown production with courageous Fort Smith actors shot in the sweetest town North of 60! Adapted for the screen by jay cardinal villeneuve.


She Wrestles, She Wrestled, She Will Wrestle by Chris Garcia (2:25)

An Avant Garde exploration of women's wrestling in 1932 and 2013. Exploring movement, intensity, and the interaction of humans in faux conflict.


Blackkiss: Live at The Viper Room by Derrick LaMere (34:42)

In December 2015, Pete Sands aka Blackkiss became the first Native American act to play at the world famous Viper Room in Los Angeles. This is his story.


The Wild Party - Part 2 - Burrs by Chris Garcia (4:58)

The second part of the Avant Garde adaptation of Joseph Moncure March's The Wild Party, done in the style of Dziga Vertov and The Demolition and Re-building of Star Theatre.


Violet by Mark Williams (44:38)

In 1984 an escaped mental patient was found dead in the cellar of her former doctor's home. But that was just the beginning. Thirty years later the disturbing truth surrounding her death surfaces.


The Wild Party - Part 1: Queenie by Chris Garcia (2:28) WARNING: CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT!

An avant garde interpretation of Joseph Moncure March's poem The Wild Party using stag films from the 1930s, 40s, and 60s.


We Make Stories Out of Totem Poles by Sean Stiller (8:09)

The Kwakwak’wakw First Nation of Vancouver Island is recognized internationally for its rich history of art and expert craftsmanship. The long-lasting effects of residential schools left many carvers disconnected from the meanings and stories behind traditional carvings. This short film opens a window into the world of Charles Joseph, a residential school survivor and a rare master carver in the community that still knows the stories.


TOTAL - 1 hour, 46 min


Media: Digital projection



About the First Nations Film and Video Festival

The purpose of the First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. is to provide an appropriate venue for Native American film and video makers of all skill levels.


The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. advocates for and celebrates the works of Native American film and video that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society.