Past event


Presented in collaboration with the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts


Available April 17, 2021 to ticket holders with a password. Purchase a ticket here.



Program Notes

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9:30 PM PDT

Live Q &A with Sky Hopinka, moderated by Berenice Reynaud

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REDCAT is proud to be part of a cluster of screenings celebrating the 2020 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Film/Video, Sky Hopinka, whose captivating debut feature, maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (82 min), which world premiered at the 2020 Sundance Festival, will have its nationwide release. Circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, Hopinka adopts unconventional documentary techniques (such as an oblique, non-frontal glance) to follow Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier as they wander through the splendid nature that surrounds them, shifting back and forth between English and Chinuk Wawa (both languages being subtitled). Sweetwater is pregnant and Jordan a family man; the separate paths they take to contemplate the afterlife, rebirth, and death hauntingly echo each other. 

…rivals in visual and linguistic beauty any new art I’ve seen in some time.

The New York Times

Sky Hopinka was the 2020 recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Film/Video.

The Jack H. Skirball Series is organized by Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas and funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

KCRW is the Official Radio Sponsor of REDCAT.

Additional Quotes

“Lensed with an intimacy informed by Hopinka’s rapport with the natural landscape and marked by moments of visual grace and ingenuity, this quietly moving dual portrait is pieced together from conversations about language, family, addiction, and spirituality.” –Artforum

“[Hopinka’s] films become more beautiful with his artistic use of language… [This] intimate film unfolds in ourselves to something so large you’ll be thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.” –Sundance Film Festiva