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h/t St. Stephens School – Students of St. Stephens Indian School performing in the film, Arapaho Truths.

From the west coast of California to the east coast of North Carolina with additional screenings in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, Arapaho Truths, the St. Stephens Indian School film, produced with Boston based Moonstar Productions, has been officially selected to be shown at twelve film festivals reaching across the country.

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“Arapaho Truths has received a tremendous response from festival organizers,” said George Giglio, the film’s director, “competition for festival selection is very high, festivals receive thousands of films each year and only a small fraction of those are selected, it’s a great honor to be included and everyone who has worked on this film should be extremely proud.”

Upcoming festivals are:
The Green Bay Film Festival held in Wisconsin, March, 6-8
The Red Dirt Film Festival, in Still Water, Oklahoma, March, 6-8
The Wake Forest Film Festival, in North Carolina, March,13-14
The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival in California, May, (dates to be announced).

All festivals are open to the public.

Arapaho Truths has also won two festival awards, The Best Inspirational Film Award at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival in Hollywood, California and The Culture Heritage Film Award at the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival.

h/t St. Stephens School – Janice Goggles telling a story.

Arapaho Truths showcases four traditional Arapaho stories. Each story is told by an elder tribe member, William C’ Hair, Wayne C’ Hair or Eugene Ridgely, Jr. Each is uniquely illustrated by the students of St. Stephens using clay animation, drawings, paintings, shadow puppets, and performance.

h/t St. Stephens School – The Creation Story, illustrated using shadow puppets.

Between the stories are short anecdotes and insights about native storytelling, these are told by various tribal elders, mentors, school officials and students; including Merle Haas, Frank No Runner, James Stewart, Mike Redman, Michael Eugene Ridge Bear, Ryan Tyler, Ruth Goggles, Janice Goggles, Rupert “Ducky” Goggles, Hista Soldier Wolf and Darryl Dodge among others.

h/t St. Stephens School – William C’ Hair and Wayne C’ Hair telling stories.

The film features the Students of St. Stephens including performances by Danielle Bass, Timberly Blackburn, and Precious Gould.

h/t St. Stephens School – Danielle Bass as Star Girl.

The film is narrated by Sergio Maldonado and contains traditional music by Michael Eugene Ridge Bear and Mike Redman as well as a score by Tim Janus. The Executive Producer is Dara Weller, to whom the film is dedicated, it is directed by George Giglio, the Director of Photography is Joe Collins and the Producer is Maureen Matson.

h/t St. Stephens School – Frank No Runner sharing memories.

For more information visit arapahotruths.com

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