Making The River : LATEST EVENTS

March 19, 2009

Native American Health Center Fundraiser

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sachealth-copy1SNAHC Film Fundraiser
Date: July 17, 2009 7:30 PM
Location:       Guild Theater
2828 35th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

The film will follow with a panel for discussion along with Jimi Simmons, who has been a great supporter of diabetes awareness in Native communities in the Bay Area.

Price:  $7 – $50 (depending on desired level of contribution)
Info Line:      916-341-0575 x212

Contact:        Eric Enriquez, 2020 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 916-341-0575 x212

NMAI’s 2009 Native American Film + Video Festival

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nafvfMaking the River will screen at the 2009 Native American Film + Video Festival in New York City , March 26-29 at the George Gustav Heye Center. We are excited to be invited to attend the National Museum of the American Indian as it celebrates their 30th Anniversary film fesival with indigenous communities from around the world.

Our film will screen on Saturday and Sunday, March 28th & 29th, at 12:30pm in The Screening Room. An introduction and Q &A will follow the film. This will be our first trip to New York City and we are thrilled to be attending NMAI’s film festival. Please join us if you are in area!

MTR at Capitol Theatre in Olympia, WA

ofslogoA benefit screening for Gateways for Incarcerate Youth will feature Making the River on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 1pm. The Oregon Film Society will sponsor our film to screen at Captiol Theatre in Olympia, WA. All proceeds from the screening will go to help empower incarcerated youth to create a positive future for themselves through youth cultural awareness and educational programming.

A Q &A session with Jimi Simmons will follow the screening. For more information about getting involved with Gateways, please make contact with them at Evergreen State College.

December 1, 2008

Indian Country Today news article


jimisimmonsAn interview with Jimi Simmons appeared in a Indian Country Today this week from our visit to Denver.  The 5th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival opened with Making the River and invited us to attend. Indian Country Today caught up with Jimi for this interview. Please check out the article here.

For more information about the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival in Denver, please visit their website. The film festival is presented by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management.

October 31, 2008

Transcript of Howie Movshovitz review for Colorado Public Radio

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Indigenous Film Festival 2008 –

What’s called “indigenous filmmaking” doesn’t have much in common with Hollywood . It’s not interested in movie stars, explosions, car chases or superheroes. But it is about the variety and texture of human life. But Colorado Public Radio film critic Howie Movshovitz says that for now five years, there’s been a festival in these parts to show and celebrate indigenous film.


The idea behind Indigenous film probably began around 1922 with Robert Flaherty’s famous “Nanook of the North.” That first great documentary made at least some people worry that the film was more Flaherty’s fiction than a genuine view of the life of an Inuit man living near Hudson ’s Bay in Canada . It’s certainly not Nanook’s picture of himself. “Nanook of the North” has many virtues, but it’s an outsider’s idea of a culture Flaherty didn’t really know, and the question it still raises is “who gets to represent whom?” And, if people don’t have the opportunity to represent themselves, is it valid if someone else does it? (more…)

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