St. Stephens School film ‘Arapaho Truths’ wins Culture Heritage Film Award

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    St. Stephens School shares the following announcement:


    Arapaho Truths, the St. Stephens Indian School film, produced in collaboration with Boston based Moonstar Productions, has been named the winner of The Culture Heritage Film Award at the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival.

    The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival supports innovative films from around the globe.The Festival screened over 150 films from over 30 different countries, American films as well as films from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany and many more.

    “It’s a great honor for the school and community to be singled out to receive this award”, said George Giglio, the film’s Director, “especially from a festival which featured so many quailty films from around the world”.

    Arapaho Truths was recently screened at the Four Corners Film Festival in New Mexico, the festival was attended by a delegation from St. Stephens which included School Board Members William C’Hair, Marilyn Groesbeck and Michael Ridge Bear, also in attendance were Pauline C’Hair and School Administrator Shelly Groesbeck.


    Arapaho Truths has now been “Officially Selected” for inclusion in five film festivals. The latest being the Culture and Diversity Film Festival in Hollywood, California and the Kids First! Film and Video Festival, which has worldwide distribution.

    Arapaho Truths features four traditional Arapaho stories, “How the Bear Lost his Tail,”The Sun, Moon and Wives,” “The Arapaho Creation Story” and “Star Girl”. Each story is told by an elder tribe member, William C’Hair, Wayne C’Hair or Eugene Ridgely, Jr., and each is uniquely illustrated by the students.

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    Between the stories are short anecdotes and insights about native story telling, these are told by various tribal elders, mentors, school officials and students; including Merle Haas, Frank No Runner, James Stewart, Michael Eugene Ridge Bear, Ryan Tyler, Ruth Goggles, Janice Goggles, Rupert “Ducky” Goggles, Hista Soldier Wolf and Darryl Dodge among others. The film features the Students of St. Stephens with performances by Danielle Bass, Timberly Blackburn, and Precious Gould.


    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 film’s Executive Producer is Dara Weller, it is directed by George Giglio, the Director of Photography is Joe Collins and the film’s Producer is Maureen Matson.

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