SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS’ MISSION
Silver Bullet Productions’ mission is to encourage educational achievement through a hands-on approach to film making projects that empower students, enhance academic and economic opportunities, and preserve community culture and heritage.
Silver Bullet Productions is a 501(c)(3) educational film production company, incorporated in New Mexico.
NEWS AT SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS
Congratulations Silver Bullet for Winning an Emmy®!
Silver Bullet Productions’ best work comes from collaborations. “Canes of Power” is a result of the participation and guidance from leaders from Pueblos of Pojoaque, Zia, Santa Ana, Laguna, Acoma, Tesuque, Pueblo de Cochiti, and Ohkay Owingeh, and the talents of our Production Team Nick Durrie, Matthew Martinez, and Pamela Pierce.
On Saturday night, October 19, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Silver Bullet Productions with an Emmy® in the category of cultural documentary. Included in the award are Pamela Pierce and Nick Durrie, Producers; Maura Dhu Studi, Writer; and David Aubrey, Camera Direction.
Silver Bullet Productions does not create educational films in order to receive awards, but we appreciate the recognition of the quality that educational materials must have in order to communicate with respect, teach with relevancy, and encourage insights with sensitivity. We are motivated to complete our next documentary with the same quality. “A Thousand Voices” is also guided by tribal leaders in New Mexico. It is the story of modern Native Women walking the path of traditional cultural values while succeeding in the 21st century.
Major funding for “Canes of Power” was through the generosity of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
“A Thousand Voices”
Keepers of culture, purveyors of wisdom – This is the story of New Mexico’s Native American Women
It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story. —Proverb
Silver Bullet Productions, guided by an Advisory council of Native American men and women, is honored to produce a documentary film scheduled for completion in June 2014 which explores modern women walking the path of traditional values while succeeding in leadership, arts, entrepreneurism, law, policy, and, of course, the home. Some of the topics included in the film:
- What are the obstacles faced by Native women in their pursuit to secure family, language and culture?
- How have stereotypes from media and literature altered the reality of tribal women?
- What are the threats to Native communities if women do not continue to play their crucial role?
Tribal Advisors for “A Thousand Voices”
|Veronica Teller||Jicarilla Apache|
|Governor Richard Luarkie||Pueblo of Laguna|
|Kim Suina||Pueblo de Cochiti|
|Liana Sanchez||Pueblo of San Ildefonso|
|Selana Chino||Mescalero Apache, Laguna, Hopi|
|Peter Pino||Pueblo of Zia|
|Secretary Arthur Allison||Navajo|
|Myla Vicenti Carpio||Jicarilla Apache Laguna/Isleta|
|Conroy Chino||Pueblo of Acoma|
Project Advisory Board Meeting
Thank you San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for your generous support of “A Thousand Voices.”
In addition, without the support of these caring organizations and people, “A Thousand Voices” would not be possible:
The Dan and Ashlyn Perry Charitable Foundation
Indigenous Language Institute
Pueblo of Laguna
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Ulti Skin of Santa Fe
Joan Brooks Baker and Margeaux, the Isis Fund
Avanyu Construction, LLC
Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship
Inn and Spa at Loretto
MoneyZen Wealth Management
Susan and Conrad De Jong Fund
Peggy and Jim Gautier
Sandy and Nick Durrie
Pamela and Robert Pierce
Nancy and Robert Lehrer
Shelby and William McMillan
Special appreciation to Jeanne Rorex Bridges, Cheyenne Artist, for the use of her beautiful art, “Ancestral Protection.” Her art can be found at RorexBridges Studio.
If you would like to support this educational film project with a pledge of a donation, or for more information about this documentary film, please contact Pam Pierce at email@example.com or 505-820-0552.
“Canes of Power” review in American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) blog
The goal for SBP's documentaries is to provide quality materials for teachers and students. We are proud to be reviewed so positively by American Indians in Children's Literature.
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Truth in Story Telling
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Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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Chris Eyre, Cheyenne and Arapaho, is director, producer and Chair of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design prestigious Film Department. He is the award winning director of riveting films such as the We Shall Remain series, Thief of Time, Skinwalkers, and Smoke Signals.
Bruce McKenna, award winning writer and co-producer, is the genius behind the mini series The Pacific, and writer of the televisions series Band of Brothers. Bruce is also a scholar of United States history and Russian and Soviet Intelligence.
Writer/Producer Kirk Ellis won the coveted Humanitas Prize for his screenplay of John Adams, the HBO miniseries, which won a record breaking 13 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globes. Up-coming projects include the film biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, and, for HBO, Ellis has adapted David McCullough’s 1776.
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Student Workshops Completed – Jemez Pueblo
Silver Bullet conducted Student Writing and Filmmaking Workshops in May with high school students at the Walatowa Charter School on the Pueblo of Jemez. Screenwriter and actress Maura Dhu Studi and noted Cherokee actor Wes Studi joined the teaching and directing team to complete these workshops. High school students and faculty were immersed in learning filmmaking, writing, acting and direction as the students created their own screenplay on healthy decision making. Each student received a video of their workshop, and the camera and editing equipment remains at Walatowa. Thank you, Walatowa, for allowing Silver Bullet to be guests of your school!
SBP is grateful for the donation and delivery of lunches by Las Campanas for students and adults at Jemez Pueblo, Walatowa Charter High School workshop on Drop out prevention. What a wonderful community! Thank you Las Campanas.
Silver Bullet Productions Wins Accolade Competitions
Silver Bullet Productions has won a prestigious Award of Excellence from The Accolade Competition. The award was given for Silver Bullet’s fascinating feature documentary “Canes of Power.” The documentary addresses the question of why President Abraham Lincoln recognized Pueblo independence in 1864 by bestowing an ornamental, silver tipped cane to each Pueblo Nation. From more than 500 Indian nations in the United States, only New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos received these symbolic gifts of sovereign status. The film and the related educational program provide the vehicle for Pueblo people to tell the story of the Canes, and their struggle for sovereignty, upon which cultural survival depends. The film is narrated by Wes Studi, award winning star of film and stage.
The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theaccolade.net.
In winning an Accolade, Silver Bullet Productions joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
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BOARD AND MANAGEMENT
Silver Bullet Productions has fourteen volunteer members on the Board of Directors and two day-to-day managers with expertise in education, film, community awareness and relationships, government agencies, marketing and development, law, and long term planning. Silver Bullet Productions also has the guidance of fifteen Advisors and Honorary Board members.