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.
What a wonderful evening! Wednesday, March 29 we held the premiere screening of Defending the Fire at the charming Jean Cocteau Theater. Special THANK YOUs go out to all: First to the special audience of those in the film, including artists and advisors. Second to a sold out audience of ticket holders, interested in the topic of the Warrior, and supportive of Silver Bullet Productions’ projects.
Thank you for the Jean Cocteau for sponsoring the night.
Advisory members: Associate Producers Dr. Matthew Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh) and Jhane Meyers (Comanche/Blackfeet); Mescalero Apache ; The Goodluck Family, Kathy Whitman Elk Woman
Question and Answer after the film: Wes Studi (cherokee), Chairman Jeff Haozous (Ft. Sill Apache) John Baillon (Dine’/Santo Domingo)
Special thanks to photographer Linda Lynn Carfagno
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.
Thank you, Raye Zaragoza, for lending your musical voice to Defending the Fire.
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.
Kooper Curley, Dine’, part of our documentary Defending the Fire, reminds us all what is worth fighting for. Standing Rock young Warrior, fighting for what Warriors through time have sought: land, water, culture, and spirit.
Vietnam War Veteran, advocate for American Indian Movement at Wounded Knee, and one who stands with Standing Rock…a true Warrior. Thank you, Wes Studi, Cherokee actor and cultural guardian, for participating in Silver Bullet Productions’ documentary on the Warrior through time.
What an honor to interview U.S. Army SGM Robert Trivino, Cochiti Pueblo and Yaqui Tribe. Author of A Warrior’s Path, Robert lives the Warrior’s life, and epitomizes the character of a Warrior through time. Thank you, Robert (Evergreen Mountain), for your service as a member of the 25th Ranger Regiment and of the Special Missions Unit under the US Army Special Operations Command.
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.