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VENUE: Tulsa Community College-Metro Campus
909 S. Boston Ave-Tulsa
(2 blocks south of the Ramada Inn)
8:00 pm Philips Auditorium
INDIAN PEOPLE OF OKLAHOMA
David W. Stamps
THE INDIAN PEOPLE OF OKLAHOMA, traces the roots of the transmigration of American Indians from their homelands to Indian Territory.
DIRECTORS BIO: DAVID STAMPS is Executive Producer of Vision Productions, public and community services for the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma.
Student-Rochester Institute of Technology
WILLIAM R. HUBER-Writer, Producer, Director, Animator
A hammer battles for turf on the workbench against a gang of marauding nails.
DIRECTOR BIO: Hailing from Duanesburg, New York, William Huber is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, USA. William considers Nailed to be his first good computer-animated film. Nailed was accepted to run in the RIT Film Honors Show, alongside the best works of his classmates, and also earned a financial grant from the RIT Film department.
William thanks in advance anyone who views his films and responds with constructive criticism. He also thanks those who laugh at the funny bits.
LUCKY BOY PRODUCTIONS
Adam Ropp-Writer, Producer, Director, Editor
Liliana Gullo-Co-Producer, Actor
Story about an electrician who is called to a rural Oklahoma home to do a routine outage, but encounters mysterious conversations with the homeowner.
DIRECTOR BIO: Adam Ropp has been acting for four years and directing for only one. When asked why I didn't go to film school to learn filmmaking, I tell them, "I study Steven Spielberg movies."
Romantic Comedy/New-Age Spoof
Peter J. Nadler-Writer, Producer, Director, Actor
Charles Zuckerman-Co-Producer, Co-Director
VANCOUVER, BC CANADA
A middle-aged computer geek meets a new-age goddess on web personals and is lured to a Tantric Sex Workshop, changing his life forever.
DIRECTOR BIO: Peter Nadler has over 10 years experience as a professional actor (member ACTRA, UBCP) performing in theatre, film, television, and stand-up comedy. Peter began his career producing entertainment events while studying at McGill University in Montreal. In Vancouver he has been active both behind the scenes and as a performer in theatre and television. He is currently acting as well as producing and directing independent films.
9:00 pm Philips Auditorium
Eric F. Stannard-Writer, Producer, Director
Ghost Dance is the story of Jack Peterson (Michael Severance), a Native American who lives in New York City and has a gambling problem. Jack, a successful commercial real estate broker, begins to gamble his life away. Jack's wife (Kristin Johansen), who teaches at a university, encourages him to revitalize his Native American heritage and spirituality that helps him to overcome his gambling addiction.
This story addresses the issues of gambling addiction as well as the concerns of Native Americans in an urban setting as they try to re-identify with their heritage and roots.
DIRECTOR BIO: This Eric Stannard's third film, having made his debut with the documentary Mrs. O., about a Kansas "prairie girl" who lived to age 98 and influenced a wide range of people. Eric's second film was an 18 minute comic short entitled Funny?, a humorous look at how easy it is to make a film today and how difficult it is to judge those films. He is currently in post-production on his fourth film, a drama called The Big Interview. As a writer, Eric has won semifinalist awards in national screenwriting competitions for two screenplays. He has written newspaper and magazine articles as well as film reviews and poetry for The Northern Express, The Flint Journal, and Good Food Magazine. He is currently working on his seventh screenplay, a novel, and a play.
The Ghost Dance is a sacred ritual to the Lakota people and this film is respectful in that the title GHOST DANCE reflects the hero's use of a phrase associated with the Ghost Dance movement, "We will live again, as we once did, in the old ways." It is the hero's mantra of his hope for the future. He is in a crisis situation in his life, with gambling at the core, but it also affects his job, his marriage, and his whole way of life. The title also evokes a spiritual connotation and certainly our hero is searching in that area as well.
We were very careful to have Native American advisors and consultants help us every step of the way, from a beginning smoke ceremony to bless the project, and all along the way to ensure that whenever we portrayed Native American culture that it was done accurately and respectfully. It was also very important to us to show Native Americans in an urban setting as more than half of all Native Americans now live in large cities. We feel that this aspect of Native American life has been neglected in film and we wanted to faithfully reflect the struggle of trying to find one's roots and heritage in a hectic society.
Our goal has always been very simple. We wanted to make a good film and I think we've done that with GHOST DANCE.
What happens after that is not in our hands, but we are all very proud of this film.