On June 2nd, Red Haircrow will give a presentation at the “Indigenous Popular Culture Conference” at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. The conference is titled: “A Long Time Ago on a Reservation Far, Far Away: Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture across the Globe.”
ABSTRACT: “While many people express growing boredom with Hollywood and other western film studios producing sub-standard, unoriginal movies or rebooting television series or films of the past, the Native indie film industry is booming. Despite the low ebb of unique productions to which even Hollywood admits, scripts by people of color, including Natives, continue to be rejected and ignored primarily because they don’t fit the stereotypical material usually churned out about them by others.
Thus, more Native filmmakers today than ever before are writing, filming and sharing their own work, by Natives for everyone, representing and presenting themselves and their stories, whether fiction or non-fiction. More Native artists and filmmakers are collaborating and coming together in events, such as the Indigenous Comic-Con whose inaugural celebration took place in November 2016, to encourage and promote each other. It is also open to the public, and all are welcome.
Discussion will include why films about Natives made by Natives so important; what the issues and benefits are both for Native individuals, nations and communities, and non-Natives; and the intersectionality of native films with social justice, activism and sovereignty. Material will include visual examples of contemporary native films, filmmakers, production companies and organizations, such as A Tribe Called Geek that report on, encourage and promote contemporary artists and filmmakers.”
More details about the event, here.
From German jazz piano extraordinaire, Uli Lenz, the original composition by Mr. Lenz performed live in solo concert on Dec. 12, 2016 at Piano Salon Christophori in Berlin, Germany. With a fast moving, fun tempo, the music was set to pace in the video created by Flying With Red Haircrow Productions and titled, “City to Seaside.”
Uli Lenz is a well renown jazz pianist and musical ambassador from Germany, who has played around the world. In Kenya, he was called “The man who dances on the keys” due to his energetic style and superb skills, having a particularly strong left hand. Lenz is considered a brilliant technician, and has worked with such legendary musicians such as: Victor Jones on drums, Joe Chambers and Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Cecil McBee on bass, Ira Coleman and Ed Schuller, as well as artists such as Steve Grossman, Hannibal Marvin Peterson and François Jeanneau. Discography, biography and “where to buy” links are available at his website http://ulilenz.com/.
In Der Freitag’s print & online edition, on our upcoming documentary Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany, historical context and how the USA’s deliberate “alternative facts” or Eurocentric fabrication of history contributes to continuing racism, colonialism and oppression of Native Americans. Stereotypes are a symptom of the overall disease. Interview and article by Matthias Dell.
Our crowdfunding campaign is in its last days, please help us reach our goaland bring this important project to a wider audience, in its best possible form! At IndieGoGo.
Other recent interviews:
March 14th– „Ich bin nur dem Nein begegnet“ at Deutschlandradio Kultur (Interview & podcast, in print & online, link to English version at the bottom of the article)
March 4th– “Glaubensbekenntnis Red Haircrow” at Süddeutsche Zeitung (Interview, in print & online)
Other important links for our documentary:
Here’s the direct link to listen online to the interview on Deutschlandradio’s Cultural Radioshow “Kompressor”, sharing news on Native current events and talking about directing (and currently filming) “Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany”. Our documentary is on Native stereotypes in Germany, racism and colonialism, of which the 19th century created but still popular pseudo “Indian” Winnetou is the ultimate symbol. At the webpage, interview in German is at the top. To listen in English, the link is at the end of the article.
Please also visit our film website, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and help support our bringing it to the world. Our funding campaign is still live on IndieGoGo. Both my co-director Timo Kiesel and I are available for interview. Very welcome to share the links, thanks!