On May 29th Lumbee musician Charly Lowry joined Drs. Jason Hutchens and Michele Fazio to present a screening of Voices of the Lumbee at the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference. The screening, open only to association members attending the conference, was attended by a number of American Indian scholars. The audience reaction was overwhelmingly positive as Lumbees and non-Lumbees alike praised the filmmakers for creating an uplifting film that raises awareness of the socioeconomic issues that continue to stress the home place of the Lumbee Tribe.
Many asked about next steps for the film and how they could get a copy. The filmmakers explained that the film will be made available to the public in the future, but for now they’re trying to get the completed project in front of larger audiences. Next steps will be entering it into film festivals. That process will begin in August, as the first in a series of film festivals targeted by the filmmakers will open for submissions.