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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 23, 2003 - Issue 94


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Gila Indian Teens' Film to be in Texas Festival


CameramanThe River People, a documentary video created by Arizona Gila River Indian teens in conjunction with the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, will be shown in September at the CinemaTexas International Short Film Festival in Austin.

CinemaTexas is considered one of the best short-film festivals in the world.

"The video was chosen for its poetic and creative visual portrayal of Native American teens rarely represented in mainstream media," said project organizer Stephani Etheridge Woodson, theater professor at the Herberger College of Fine Arts.

The River People, one of 18 pieces selected from nearly 60 submitted, will enjoy its first public screening Sept. 13-14 during the Cinemakids portion of the festival devoted to honoring young media producers.

To create the video, Woodson helped a group of 14- to 18-year-old Akimel O'otham teens use improvisation, creative writing and interviewing techniques to explore their relationships to their heritage.

The River People is the product of a multimedia performing arts project called Place: Vision and Voice, a partnership between the Herberger College of Fine Arts, Huhugam Heritage Center and the Ira H. Hayes Memorial Applied Learning High School, on the Gila River Reservation.

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