Silver Bullet Productions gratefully thanks the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy) for choosing SBP as one of their 51 recipients for the 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants. This highly competitive grant award will support our film education programs in tribal communities.

The Academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for under-represented artists. Grants range from $ 5,000 – $15,000, and a total of $500,000 was awarded for the 2018 – 2019 grants year.
Silver Bullet Productions, a non-profit educational film company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico has been awarded a grant from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to support their 2018 Lights Camera Learning workshops. Silver Bullet is widely known for producing the award-winning documentaries, Canes of Power, A Thousand Voices, and Defending The Fire. SBP’s Lights Camera Learning program provides filmmaking workshops to teachers and students in New Mexico’s Native American communities. The workshops teach technical filmmaking and storytelling skills, which empower students to create films relevant to their culture and heritage. Two workshops are planned for the 2018 Lights Camera Learning Program. Each workshop begins with an immersive weekend training session for students and teachers, taught by Industry Professionals, that covers storytelling, scriptwriting, copyright, legal releases, interview skills, acting, directing, sound recording, lighting and camera techniques. The initial training session is supported by follow up in service by SBP, to edit the workshop film and strengthen filmmaking skills. Further guidance from SBP is provided throughout the year. The 2018 workshops will focus on “teaching the teachers”, with educators learning alongside students, so they can continue to support, teach and enable students to make their own films. Cameras and editing equipment, provided by SBP, remain with the schools for future use by students and faculty. The original films produced by students in SBP workshops can be documentary or dramatic narrative and have included such topics as cultural preservation, anti-bullying, peer pressure and leadership skills. Themes are selected by the students, teachers, and community, and are used as both educational and personal problem-solving vehicles. With respect for tribal culture and privacy, the final product belongs to and is screened within the community. Silver Bullet’s Lights Camera Learning workshops are run by industry professionals David Aubrey, James Becker and Pamela Pierce. This generous grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences allows Silver Bullet to expand the length and scope of their Lights Camera Learning workshops in 2018.