Making The River : LATEST EVENTS

November 14, 2007

2007 AIFI Festival Overview


On Friday, November 9, 2007, Making the River screened before a nearly sold out crowd at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The Muckleshoot Canoe Family sat in the crowd to show support, business leaders from Silicon Valley and at risk youth were also in attendance. The film director and producers, Sarah Del Seronde and Paul Stoll, were on hand to answer questions about the year and half collaboration of Aboriginal Lens and Fluffy Bear Production. And Jimi Simmons and Karen Rudolph were met with a standing ovation when the film closed and faded to black.

Making the River was nominated for 2007 Best Documentary at the American Indian Film Festival. It was in good company with Miss Navajo and Our Land, Our Life. This was the first screening for Making the River and if the audience was any indication of what lies ahead , this film might have longevity on the festival circuit.

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  1. I was in the audience and watched the screening of Making the River. This was a wonderful film about some tough situations that life tossed Jimi. Luckily some very good people worked to help Jimi out of a bad situation — a bad situation created by government systems that do not work.

    Great job. Making The River really captured some of the hardships, that folks unfamiliar with life inside, cannot really understand or imagine. But your film captured some of those hardships.

    Appreciate the Fluffy Bear T-Shirt.

    By the way, I gave the copy of the Muckleshoot film and pin that Tribal members gave me at the film festival to the Japanese Buddist Monk who walked the SF Bay Area Shell Mound in November 2007 with the folks from Vallejo, CA. I gave him the film as I thought that way the story of the Muckleshoot Canoe Family would be shared far and wide, and even if folks don’t speak English they can understand and enjoy the Muckleshoot film.

    Hey if you need a Native actor for future films, — I seem to recall you had a project you would be doing — a Native friend of mine in San Francisco would really like a shot a that type or work. I don’t know what type of film you may be planning, but if you email me, I will give you his phone number.

    It is possible you know him or have seen him as he attends the SF Film Festivals each year. He is an interesting guy that has worked hard to help others in the Native community in the SF Bay area, and has worked hard to walk the Red Road for many years now. I noticed that he attracts attention at the different places, and seems to know lots of folks all over. At the walk to SAVE THE PEAKS in Pasadena earlier in December, I noticed folks seeking him out and it seemed like they were interviewing hime. I think he might be a good fit for some type of movie, but don’t claim to be any type of expert in that department. So Jimi, if you, the Mrs. and the rest of the family are considering some new talent for whatever your new movie venture is, please send me an email. I attended most showings of the AIFF and gave you some photos I took of you at the prior years AIFF.

    Back to my friend, should you need additional talent for your film, you might want to call before THE LONGEST WALK 2 begins on February 11 at Alcatraz (San Francisco) or after it ends in Washington DC on July 11, thats 4,400 miles in just 5 months. For those who don’t know about the walk, it is the 30th Anniversary of the first Longest Walk in 1978 when the feds were trying to take things away from tribal folks. For more information on The Longest Walk 2 or for the route information, or to see how folks out their can help, go to My friend plans to walk the entire 4,400 miles. He would like to film it, but doesn’t have a video camera – but is trying to get one. I told my friend his own life would also be interesting to film if he is not offered any opportunities to act in someone else film. I suppose that is common advice, but I don’t know how many people make films that way. But you and your wife did it, as Making the River was a successful film because it was story about what you both were familiar with and lived, your life and/or struggle to overcome a bad rap.

    But back to Making the River. I have also been enjoying the pen you gave me as well. I also want to thank you and your wife for sponsoring or helping to sponsor the SF AIFF, as I have enjoyed attending for many years, and find that the range and quality of films seen at the AIFF cannot be seen anywhere else (perhaps at other Native American Film festivals, but I have not attended those in Canada, Germany, or elsewhere). By the way did you send our German friend a copy of your film to view for his festival, as he did not make it to SF this year?

    I wish I had the talent of your film director/producer. They did an amazing job on a difficult task, to tell a true story that spans so many years, for which information must be pieced together over time and space. I did not know what to expect, and feel I am sometimes to critical, but have only praise for the story told by your film. You shared like many people can never do ever, let alone on film.

    Kudos to you and your wife and to your children, and to everyone else for a job thoughtfully done, that produced a film that will be timeless.

    twodogkd, my online handle
    Riverside, CA

    Comment by twodogkd — December 22, 2007 @ 9:07 am | Reply

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