Making The River : LATEST EVENTS

October 6, 2008

Native Peoples Magazine November/December 2008

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Making the River will be highlighted in the upcoming edition of Native Peoples Magazine. We are extremely excited that our documentary has been selected in the November/December publication. Please help spread the word about our small success! Native Peoples is a ground-breaking magazine not only because of it’s focus on American Indian content but it is also the only magazine sold from coast to coast that celebrates the history, art, culture, and contemporary lives of indigenous peoples. Making the River is humbled to be included, and truth be told, this was one of our goals to make it in! Thank you Native Peoples Magazine.

September 18, 2008

Making the River selected to open film festival in Denver

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Making the River has been selected to screen at the 5th Annual Indigenous Arts and Film Festival. The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management recognized that media is a powerful tool to show the ongoing challenges and triumphs, and share what’s happening in our communities. IIIRM started the Denver-based festival to exhibit the many different issues that indigenous peoples around the world face. And starting this year, festival organizers opened up their program for open call submissions. We are delighted to hear they extended their festival to include Making the River in the program. It is a tremendous honor for a festival to recognize the importance of this film, but what’s more is that EXTENDED their festival one day to just to include our film.

Please join us at the opening night screening of Making the River on October 7, 2008 at the Indigenous Arts and Film Festival at University of Denver.

August 26, 2008

United Nations Association Film Festival

Making the River is an official selection of the United Nations Association Film Festival. We are delighted to be invited to screen on the Stanford University campus at the Annenberg Auditorium on October 26, 2008 at 4:50pm.

UNAFF celebrates the power of films and videos dealing with human rights, environmental themes, women’s issues, protection of refugees, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war and peace. The 11th UNAFF will be held from October 19-26, 2008 at Stanford University including screenings in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and San Francisco.

The film festival program includes 41 documentary films from 41 countries and not one them is to be missed! Please join us and show your support of world cinema.

For more information and details about the film selections, please visit the UNAFF website.

Critical Resistance invites Making the River to Oakland

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Critical Resistance is a national grassroots organization committed to ending society’s use of prisons as an answer to societal problems. Its vision is the creation of genuinely safe, healthy communities that respond to harm without relying on prisons and punishment. Making the River is proud to be invited to be a participant in the CR10 Film Festival in Oakland, CA. The 10 year anniversary of Critical Resistance will be held on September 26-28,2008 and our film has been invited to screen during this weekend. Making the River will screen at The Parkway Speakeasy Theater and all proceeds will benefit the Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) and Legal Support for Prisoners with Children (LSPC). CR10 aims to reunite our voices, reinvigorate our collective refusal to be silenced through workshops, skill shares, performances, action, reflection and celebration.

In September 1998, thousands gathered in Berkeley, California, for conference that founded Critical Resistance’s movement to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). Each participant, with their own experiences of oppression and resistance, watched as diverse struggles were unified: by humanity, hope, and the shared vision of a different world. We witnessed a vision of a world with truly safe, healthy, and whole communities; a world with unconditional access to self-determination and dignity for all; and, critically, a world without imprisonment, policing, and other forms of punishment and control.

Please join us in our efforts to strengthen our collective will to build a world without walls. A Making the River Q&A session with Jimi Simmons and Karen Rudolph will immediately follow the film screening. For more information, please visit the Critical Resistance website.

June 26, 2008

Smoke Signals

For one Los Altos couple, the anniversary of the day they met nearly 30 years ago brings memories more complex than fondness or nostalgia.

Before he came to live on a quiet street, Jimi Simmons, a Native American, was consigned to the foster care system and later, prison. He met his future wife, Karen Rudolph, when he was on trial for his life. “Making the River,” a documentary chronicling one facet of the social turmoil of the 1970s, is their story. It captures the early tragedies that led to their lifetime of advocacy work in the community. (more…)

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