Native American Film Festival Hits Stage & Screen at Pechanga Resort Casino

Actors of the production Bear Grease – performing at Pechanga Resort Casino Saturday, April 2, 2022

TEMECULA, Calif. (March 25, 2022) – The stage has been set for the 2022 California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF). One of the largest Native American film festivals in the country, the two-day event takes place April 2-3 at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. It features a powerful lineup of live theatrical production, a short documentary and a full-length documentary that features Native and Indigenous stories, directors, actors, producers and more. The event also includes youth activities and Q&A sessions. Tickets are $15-$25 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling (877) 711-2946.

Ticket pricing and line-up are as follows:
• Saturday live theatrical production – Bear Grease (California premiere): $15-$25
• Saturday youth program: FREE
• Sunday screening – Imagining the Indian: (World Premiere) $10

“CAIIFF is thrilled to bring audiences back, we return with our first live action theatrical production, the California premiere of Bear Grease, a hilarious indigenous twist on film and musical Grease and the world premiere of Imagining the Indian – the fight against Native American mascots is a feature-length documentary that examines the movement to eliminate racist symbols featuring Olympian Billy Mills,” said Dr. Joely Proudfit, CAIIFF Director.

The artwork for this year’s festival was commissioned by Monica Zavala, an alumnus of California State University San Marcos.

About California American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival
California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) provides California moviegoers with a unique opportunity to encounter American Indians in uplifting and empowering film narratives about what it means to be Indian in the 21st century. CAIIFF highlights American Indian storytelling traditions which are the sinew connecting our community, our identity, our history, our present, and our future. CAIIFF is coordinated by the California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center (CICSC) in partnership with many tribal and community and campus sponsors. The CICSC fosters collaborative research and community service relationships between the faculty, staff, and students of CSU San Marcos and members of Tribal communities, for the purpose of developing and conducting research projects that support the maintenance of sovereignty and culture within those communities. For more information, visit and Follow CAIIFF on Facebook and Instagram. Follow CICSC on Facebook and Instagram.