“A Thousand Voices”

A Presentation of Silver Bullet Productions

Produced by Pamela A. Pierce
Co Produced by Matthew J. Martinez
Associate Producer  Lisa Lucas
Director  David Aubrey
Narration by Irene Bedard
Written by Maura Dhu Studi
Based on a treatment by Conroy Chino
Director of Photography/Editor David Aubrey in association with Lightningwood Pictures

Major Funding Provided by:
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This is the story of Native American women in New Mexico, from the creation stories of the beginning of time, through the invasions from Spain, Mexico, and United States. The power remains and the story continues.

“At the center of all is Woman, and nothing is sacred  without her blessing, her thinking.”

—Paula Gunn Allen, The Sacred Hoop

From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom.

The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.

A Thousand Voices is a Must-See

Our documentary A Thousand Voices has been selected by Indian Country Today as one of the 50 Must-See Modern Native Films.

Although we do not make our films for recognition, this acceptance honors the important and touching subject matter. We at Silver Bullet Productions are thrilled to have any of our films recognized for its message and the quality of work that goes into these documentaries.

Special thanks to David Aubrey, Maura Studi and the film committee, as well as individual people in the film willing to share their voices.

 

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Screenings at Roanoke College, March 2017

Pam Pierce, CEO and Producer, visited her Alma Mater, Roanoke College in Virginia, to screen SBP’s films Canes of Power and A Thousand Voices. Pam was the Keynote Speaker for the Women’s Forum at Roanoke. In addition to working with students, Pam was honored to meet with Asst. Chief Brad Brown and Kathleen Brown of the recent Federally recognized Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia.

The best part of the week was time with college friends, and talented students and faculty.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Special Event, March 2016

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center honored Women’s History Month with a weekend of events exploring how Pueblo and Native American women are creators and keepers of tradition. “A Thousand Voices” was screened at the festival on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Producer Pam Pierce and Jicarilla Historian and Author, Veronica Tiller were there at the screening to answer questions.

Durango Independent Film Festival, March 2016

Silver Bullet Productions was so honored to have our documentary, “A Thousand Voices,” be part of the 2016 Durango Film Festival as part of the Native Cinema Program. It screened on Thursday, March 3 and Saturday, March March 5. We thank Durango Independent Film Festival for accepting “A Thousand Voices.”

“A Thousand Voices” Won American Indian Film Festival Best Documentary Feature, November 2015

“A Thousand Voices” was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 40th American Indian Film Festival on Nov. 14, 2015 in San Francisco.

Thank you to the AIFF for this honor. Congratulations to all who were nominated.

Veronica Tiller (one of the wonderful women in the film) was there to accept the award on behalf of Pamela Pierce, Director and Producer of this documentary:

“I am most honored to except this prestigious award for Pamela Pierce of Silver Bullet Productions of Santa Fe. As producer and director of this film, I know that if she were here, she would want to thank all her supporters, sponsors, crew, staff, writers for helping make this film possible. Most of all, I know she would want to thank all the Native women of NM from the Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo Tribes—and some men (for which I got some laughter) for sharing their stories. Lastly, I know she would want to thank the American Indian Film Institute for this award.”

Watch A Thousand Voices a thousand times

A powerful look at the inherent role of Native American women and the unexpected history of their legacy. It made a lot of things fall into place for me, some “a- ha!” moments. Taking in the messages of the film was like learning a new skill for the first time, it was exciting and pensive.

As a white woman born in this region, I was moved to tears on many occasions as I watched transfixed to the screen, and hope to watch it many more times until every line, every name, every thought relayed is committed to memory like a favorite song.

Some of the ancestral practices I learned about gave me a new, different strength in relation to my own lineage; I learned some deep truths from these Native American women and men, and I thank them.

Review posted on IMDb