More Than Frybread: Twenty-two Native American frybread makers, representing all twenty-two
federally recognized tribes in Arizona, convene in Flagstaff to compete
for the first ever, first annual, state of Arizona Frybread
Championship! The film takes a larger then life turn as four
contestants (Tatanka Means, Teresa Choyguha, Dey & Nite and Camille
Nighthorse) battle their way to compete for the title in the
championship round. This is the frybread competition unlike any you
have ever seen and the movie you can almost taste! [Rated PG. 90 mins.]
Turquoise Rose: Here is a coming-of-age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Turquoise attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. She even has plans to vacation in the summer with her roommates. But all that changes in a heartbeat when her grandmother becomes ill. Suddenly Turquoise must make a decision between Rome and the Reservation. A “Rez” summer seems dismal to this urban Native who is ready to discover the world behind the lens of her camera. The road ahead seems so completely out of focus, but either way, the journey ahead is sure to be an adventure she will never forget.
Turquoise Rose was filmed on the Navajo Nation and in Gallup in 2006. It features a number of Navajo people, most without professional acting experience, in the lead parts. The title role is played by Natasha Kaye Johnson of Twin Lakes. Johnson, who has done some part-time modeling, works as a reporter for The Independent in Gallup. Gallup resident Rhonda Ray, of the Southwest Indian Foundation, portrays Turquoise Rose’s mother. The film also features Native actors and entertainers Deshava Apachee, Vincent Craig, and Ernest Tsosie III [Not rated. 94 mins.]
Pete & Cleo: Two Navajo brothers reconnect,
pestering one another about the directions they've each chosen in life.
Cleo is on spring break from college, while Pete stayed at home to care
for their mother. Not one afternoon passes before the two are at odds
over their differing values and views of the world. Plenty of comedy.
and directed by Holt Hamilton (Turquoise Rose, Blue Gap Boyz) staring
Beau Benally, Ernest David Tsosie lll, and Ethel Begay. "a story every
Navajo family can enjoy." Navajo Times. Extra features include a
behind-the-scenes documentary and film commentary. [Not rated. 90 mins.]
Blue Gap Boy'z: In the small town of Blue Gap,
Arizona on the Navajo Reservation three brothers known as James (Ernest
David Tsosie, III), Jessie (Vincent Craig), and Jodie (James
Bilagody).combine their talents to form the greatest band, (because it’s
the only one), Blue Gap has ever known!
The youngest of the three, James, a full time custodian at the local
school, has the responsibility of being the band’s manager. James got
the job as manager because he can’t play any instruments and/or sing and
they didn’t have any other choices. The other two brothers, Jessie and
Jodie, are the semi talented driving force behind the struggling band.
chance, the brothers hear about an exciting opportunity to audition for
a German music producer named Rolf May (Horst Aschmann) who will be in
Phoenix for a few days. Rolf has come to the United States southwest to
find and promote a Native American band in Europe. The comedy picks up
speed as the brothers journey from their little town of relatives to the
big city of Phoenix. The brothers get caught up in the outrageous hype
so much that they find themselves committing to do whatever it takes to
win this competition. The adventure takes another twist as the brothers
are persuaded to ‘sell out’ with the hope to gain the advantage over the
competition. [Not rated. 90 mins.]
The Shadow of Light: A family friendly film adventure set in the early
1940's. The adventure takes place with two brothers Jason (Holt
Hamilton) and Nate (Dallan Johnson) who decide to go a long needed
camping trip to Southern Utah. Their camping trip takes a dramatic turn
when they find the nearby small Southern Utah town has a mysterious and
unresolved past. This is Holt Hamilton's debut acting experience.
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