Defending the Fire
Since the beginning of time, Native American Warriors have navigated a unique cultural and spiritual path, relying on the tenets of the Warrior in ancient and modern warfare. The lessons of the Warrior are universal; the spirit of the Warrior survives, even in the face of conflict.
With a focus on the spiritual and historic journey of Native American Warriors, Silver Bullet Productions will present the story of the Warrior, the importance of cultures in modern quests, and the lessons of War through the lens of these cultures. The characters will be elders and historians from New Mexican tribes and Native veterans of World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. Grounded in research and guided by voices of men and women in our armed forces, the documentary will reveal the distinct motive, preparation, conflict, and healing of tribal soldiers.
Defending the Fire is an official selection of the Gallup Film Festival and will open the festival on the premiere night, September 13 at 6:30pm. After the screening, Wes Studi will be there to talk about his life as an actor and an activist as well as join in a panel with our producers about his participation in the film and what it means to fight.
Defending the Fire is an official selection of the 2018 Pocahontas Reframed: Storytellers Film Festival and will be screened on November 18 at 3 pm at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Virginia. The Festival stems from a passion and desire for indigenous languages, cultures, and societies to thrive. The Festival strives to bring together artists, authors, filmmakers, and actors willing to share, teach, and explain their creativity and history.
Our newest documentary, Defending the Fire, was chosen as one of the Official Selections for the Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand and was screened on March 23. The Māoriland Film Festival is an incredible 5-day festival highlighting the stories and struggles of indigenous peoples from around the world.
Silver Bullet Productions acknowledges and thanks LANL Foundation for their generous grant allowing the free public screening of our latest documentary, “Defending the Fire”, at the Reel Theatre in Los Alamos on Thursday evening March 22, 2018.read more
Let your local PBS station know that Defending the Fire is available.read more
Silver Bullet Productions is honored to be among the strong films selected to be shown at the prestigious American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Our documentary Defending the Fire was screened on November 10.read more
Defending the Fire was an official selection at the Native Spirits Film Festival in London and screened on Saturday, October 14.read more
Defending the Fire was screened during the SFIFF in October.read more
Our gratitude to the participants, advisors, artists and musicians, who used their voices to tell the story of the Warrior, past and present.
There will always be Warriors.read more
The sold out premiere of Defending the Fire celebrated current an future Warriors, with many Warriors in attendance. Thank you to the many supporters of this project, including San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians; The Fort Sill Apache; and Pueblo of Pojoaque.read more
Phillip Myers, a young Warrior, student, and his mother, Jhane Myers, Comanche/Blackfeet, contemporary artist, film Producer, and Board of Directors member for Silver Bullet Productions. Each invested in living their culture, securing their traditions.read more
A Native American/Taiwanese singer songwriter, Raye shares her music with people throughout America. Her latest, “In the River: A Protest Song”, was dedicated to the Standing Rock Sioux. Listen. You can hear why we are touched by her music and honored to include her musical message in Defending the Fire.read more
Tribal Advisors Selected
Silver Bullet Productions proudly thanks the tribal Advisors who will guide the next SBP documentary on the ancient Warrior. These tribal leaders, historians, and veterans are from the Pueblos Pojoaque, Acoma, Laguna, Santo Domingo, Santa Clara, Santa Felipe, Zuni, and Cochiti, and are Jicarilla Apache, Fort Sill Apache, Navajo, Mandan Hidatsu Nation, Lakota, and Commence/Blackfoot. The documentary will benefit from their cultural sensibilities, oral histories, and modern Warrior experience as veterans and leaders. It is the policy of Silver Bullet Productions to rely on the guidance of tribal Advisors.
The Advisors and Production team formally started the production process with a lunch at the beautiful La Mesita Ranch, Pojoaque Pueblo, on March 8th.
Thank you to Idak Fierro and Buffalo Thunder Hotel and Resort for being a contributing Sponsor.
Support for this project is made possible through the generous contributions of the following people and organizations:
SJ and Mildred Whalen Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Patricia Whalen Hawley
Patrick T. Tanabe Family Fund
Starr Wolle Mayer
Cheryll Wolle Brounstein
C. Suzanne Landers
S. Denise McCrary
Jan Chavez Wilcynski
Judy and John Paul Miller
Neil Francis Smith Mescalero Apache;
Dr. Shadowwalker Mescalero Apache
Sgt. U.S. Army Patricia Cate, San Felipe Pueblo
Forrest Goodluck Dine, Hidatsa/Mandan/Tsimshian
We invite you to support this project, share in the pride that will come from completion of another quality use of film to engage students and communities, to shatter stereotypes, and to stimulate pride or changed perceptions. To find out more please contact Silver Bullet Productions at 505-820-0552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.