February 5tth Premiere at the Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival!  
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Tribal Judges Shine a Light on Justice

Dear Friends,

This is such an important time for the voices of artists and activists to be heard, and I am inspired by the wave of passion for justice and democracy that is sweeping the country. It feels like the perfect time to launch my new documentary Tribal Justice into the world. I am very happy to announce that the world premiere will be in my old home town, Santa Barbara! 

Tribal Justice
World Premiere
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Lobero Theater, Sunday February 5th at 7:00 pm 
33 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara
Q+A with the director and tribal judges follow

The Lobero seats 600 so no problem getting rush tickets
Second screening February 5th at 11:40 am at the Metro 4 
618 State Street, Santa Barbara
Q+A with the director
[ click here for details ]

Phenomenal, emotional, captures tribal courts and two wonderful spirits.
—Judge Richard Blake, Chief Judge of the Hoopa Tribe

Both tribal judges featured in the film will join me at the premiere, and they are awesome!

Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe, will drive in from Yuma,

 Claudette White

Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe, will fly down from Northern California. The day after the election, Abby sent out these moving words:

Abby Abinati

We, our people, have been here before, and as before we will stand for what is right and good. They will come for us and others and we will not turn our backs on those who need our protection. We will never forget our sacred responsibility to all as we have been taught by our creator and as we have promised our ancestors.
Stay strong my family.

Abby and Claudette are creating innovative justice systems that focus on healing rather than punishment, modeling restorative justice in action.

Watch our new short trailer by clicking in the image below.

Tribal Justice Trailer

Please help spread the word so we can fill 600 seats at the Lobero!

Tribal Justice Screening in Montana!

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVALNext screening at the wonderful
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
In Missoula, Montana
February 20, 8:00pm at The Elks
February 21, 6:30pm,
   at The Silver Theater
[ click for details ]

I just got word that Tribal Justice is one of five films nominated for the Big Sky Award. Fingers crossed for that, a wonderful honor.

Many More Screenings Coming in 2017

If you live anywhere near me in northwest Connecticut, please put March 26th on your calendar. I will be showing Tribal Justice at our beloved local theater, The Moviehouse, as part of their FilmWorks Forum series. The screening is free and open to the public, and I will be there to celebrate my hometown area premiere. I hope to see you there!

Stay tuned as we post information about upcoming Tribal Justice screenings on our website and Facebook page

Millerton Moviehouse

Comments from Work-In-Progress Screenings!

This film is a wonderful way to educate people about tribal sovereignty and the ways we use it to resolve disputes in our tribal communities.
—John Echohawk, executive director, Native American Rights Fund

A story of two tribes managing reservation justice. Gritty, realistic, hopeful, and culturally grounded.
—Duane Champagne, Professor of Law and Sociology, UCLA

I viewed the Tribal Justice movie trailer and I really enjoyed it. I think it is a genuine portrayal of some of the issues and challenges in Indian Country... It also speaks to AIAA’s [Association of American Indian Affairs] work in Indian child welfare and juvenile justice, and I would like to show it during AAIA's 94th Annual Meeting of the Members in September at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
—Kimberly A. Dutcher, Esq. (Navajo), Executive Director
Association on American Indian Affairs

Earlier Films — Still Going Strong!

Tribal Justice is my fifth film to screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and my third to have its world premiere there (others premiered at Sundance a few weeks before). Here’s an update on those earlier films, all available for streaming, download, or DVD at Makepeace Productions.

As you may remember, We Still Live Here chronicles the return of the long silent Wampanoag language, an astonishing revival spearheaded by the brilliant Wampanag linguist and MacArthur "genius" Jessie Little Doe Baird. That story continues with more new speakers every year.
In September, the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Program (WLRP) launched its immersion language pre-school, where children learn all subjects in their Native tongue.

We Still Live Here
Mukayuhsak Weekuw: The Children's House

We Still Live Here

Their Summer Turtle Program, originally funded by a prize for We Still Live Here from Telluride MountainFilm, held its 6th language immersion camp program for kids last summer.
We Still Live Here

Requests keep coming in for We Still Live Here from language and cultural revitalization programs across the country, most recently from Oklahoma:
I feel this film is vital for any tribe to view that is trying to save their language. We as the CLCPC would really like to gain tribal support and produce some new fluent speakers. We have yet to produce a fluent speaker and our aging fluent speakers are sadly declining in numbers. Thank you.
—Jonathan Poahway, Tribal Council Member, Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
Rain in a Dry Land
SBIFF 2007

Rain in a Dry Land has never been more relevant.  The film captures the tragedies that drove families to leave their homes, the hopes they have for America, the difficulties they face in the promised land, and the resilience and determination that has made their lives here a hard won success. 
Rain in a Dry Land
Anne with the Kabir family in their home in Springfield, Mass.

Requests continue to come in for screenings of Rain in a Dry Land across the country. Here’s one from a Unitarian church in Maine: 

We have watched Rain in a Dry Land and would very much like to show it to our congregation this fall. We are hoping to raise the consciousness of our community to the resettlement issues these immigrants face.
—Martha Lentz, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, Maine

Coming to Light
SBIFF 2000
Coming to Light, my film about Edward S. Curtis and the Native Americans he photographed a century ago, screened to an enthusiastic crowd in Steamboat Springs a few months ago, and there are multiple screenings planned in 2017, the next two in Michigan. Below, a picture from the wonderful Curtis exhibit at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum where I showed Coming to Light in November 2015.
Coming to Light

Robert Capa in Love and War premiered at Sundance, then screened at SBIFF in 2003. Next screening, Ljubljana Doc Film Festival in Sovenia!

It's wonderful to know that films I have made over the past 16 years are still going strong. Tribal Justice will have also have wide exposure and impact through festivals, PBS broadcast, and extensive outreach throughout 2017 and beyond.  I look forward to the premiere and would love to see you there!
Tribal Justice World Premiere in Santa Barbara

You can stream or download many of my films by clicking here, including Coming to Light, We Still Live Here, Rain in a Dry Land, Baby It’s You, Moonchild, and Whistle in the Wind. All except Whistle in the Wind are also available on DVD here. Watch and enjoy!

OurMotherTongues.org is a companion website for We Still Live Here that shows the breadth and diversity of language revitalization programs. There are hundreds more in tribal communities all across all America.
Our Mother Tongues
Can you guess which icon below goes with which tribe on the Our Mother Tongues website? Click to find out!

Our Mother Tongues
Check out great photos, watch Videos and learn about many Native American languages from Alaska to North Carolina, Oklahoma to New York, Montana to Massachusetts. There is even an Interactive Map, a Voices page where you can listen to thirteen different Native tongues, a Blog, and a fun feature called ePostcards  offering an entertaining way to connect with friends and family by sending audio greetings in a Native American language.

Please visit OurMotherTongues.org

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