Arlene Bowman is a Dine’ filmmaker who shoots still photographs, performs open mic, sings, and choreographs modern dance-jazz. Her films and videos include: Locked Doors (4 min. song poem video, 2013), Illegal Anger (4 min. song poem video, 2011), The Graffiti‘ (30 min. experimental drama video, 2010), ‘Song Journey‘ (hour documentary video, 1994), Women and Men Are Good Dancers (5 min. video, 1994) and Navajo Talking Picture (40 min. color 16mm film, 1986). As an eight year old, Arlene learned to draw people’s faces and bodies in elementary art classes, and at fourteen, she went into still photography later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Still Photography at San Francisco Art Institute. But that changed to filmmaking as soon as she moved to Los Angeles in 1977 where she obtained Masters of Fine Arts in film production at University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986. At this time, Arlene lives in Vancouver and she is working on various projects including to produce-write a feature drama titled Tourquoise in LA, make a personal-experimental documentary about Na Dene and Dine’ speaking peoples in Canada-USA, make a documentary-animation about coho salmon, create Indigenous Woman Filmmakers’ Conference, Tourquoise Filmmaker, a non-profit organization for low income Indigenous filmmakers.
At the May 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Arlene will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.