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