From Rocky Mountain College
BILLINGS — Rocky Mountain College will host actor Gary Farmer in its third installment of the Presidential Lecture Series. Farmer will present “A 20th Century Indian: Perspectives on Life and Art” on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Great Room of Prescott Hall on the Rocky Mountain College campus. The public is welcome to attend the event.
Farmer, born in Ohsweken on the Six Nations Reservation along the Grand River of the Iroquois Confederacy in Ontario, Canada, studied photography and film at Syracuse University and Ryerson Polytechnic University. Over the last 25 years, Farmer has portrayed over 100 roles in independent and mainstream film and television. A pioneer in the development of First Nations media in Canada, Farmer is the founding director of Aboriginal Voices Radio, founding editor-in-chief of the Aboriginal Voices magazine, and previously led the Aboriginal Voices Festival.
“Rocky Mountain College is honored to have Gary Farmer visit our campus to continue our Presidential Lecture Series,” said Rocky Mountain College President, Robert Wilmouth, M.D.
Farmer is best known for his role as spiritual Native American guide Nobody in “Dead Man” (1995). Other key roles have included Arnold Joseph in “Smoke Signals” (1998) and Philbert in “Powwow Highway” (1989), which became a milestone in Native film.
As a filmmaker, Farmer has directed projects including an episode of the “Forever Knight” television series (1992) and an episode of “Father Figure” (1992). Farmer also formed the blues band Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers who have released two albums, “Love Songs and Other Issues” (2007) and “Lovesick Blues” (2009). Farmer recently completed the film shoot “Cowboys” in Montana and he is currently working on the NBC Universal series “Resident Alien” which will debut on the SYFY Network this summer.
Farmer was selected in 2001 for the Taos Mountain Award recognizing lifetime achievements of an outstanding Native film professional by the Taos Talking Picture Festival. He also received the 1997 Best Actor award from the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco; the 1997 Best Actor award from First Americans in the Arts in Los Angeles; and the Best Actor award at the 1989 American Indian Film Festival.
“Rocky Mountain College’s Native American Outreach is so proud to bring Gary Farmer to Billings. We think it is vital for our Native students to fellowship with Native leaders in every field. Mr. Farmer is an iconic Indigenous actor, musician, and advocate for Indian Country. To be able to share his talent and wisdom with our students and the Billings community is a pleasure,” said Rocky Mountain College Native American Outreach Director, Misty Kuhl.
During Farmer’s visit to Billings, Rocky Mountain College Native American Outreach will host a screening of his film “Dead Man” at the Babcock Theatre on Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a special Q&A session with Farmer after the film. Tickets are $8 per person. Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will also play blues and rock at Craft Local on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.