Making The River : LATEST EVENTS

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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December 5, 2007

LIVE NATIONAL RADIO INTERVIEW

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Feature documentary, MAKING THE RIVER, to appear on upcoming national radio!

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING airs live THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2007, 1-2PM E.S.T.

Breaking Out of Prison : Since his teens, Jimi Simmons was raised by the state. From a boy’s home, to county jail, to state prison, Jimmy knows what a life of lock down truly means. Today, the story of this tragedy is being painted in the documentary “Making the River.” Can taking a historical trip through one Native prisoner’s life save today’s youth from a life of incarceration? What role does cultural identity play in the survival of Native prisoners? How does prison impact our tribal communities? Guests include Jimi “Dexter” Simmons from the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde and director, Sarah Del Seronde.

Please visit www.nativeamericacalling.com for more details and how you can listen in live online.

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