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REDCLOUD (with CRYSTLE LIGHTNING and DJ WISE) went from a gang-banger to a rising rapper who tours the country promoting a positive credible message and whose latest album, Hawthorne’s Most Wanted, reflects his grisly past while offering inspiration and hope for a better tomorrow. “Original hip hip was uplifting and positive,” he says, “It gave somebody hope and changed people’s lives. It was street poetry that anybody could relate to. I rap about average person stories, issues that people don’t usually deal with. I want to let them know what’s going on.” RedCloud is Huichol and Crystle Lightning is Cree.
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.
Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.
Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists, film critics and historians.
One of Canada’s foremost Aboriginal filmmakers, Neil Diamond hails from the Cree community of Waskaganish, on the coast of James Bay. His recent credits include The Last Explorer (2009), a featurelength docudrama for APTN retracing the steps of Diamond’s own great uncle, Aboriginal guide George Elson, on an ill-fated voyage into the heart of uncharted Labrador.
An integral part of the Rezolution Pictures International creative team, Neil has directed two awardwinning documentaries. One More River (2004), a behind-the-scenes look at the Quebec Cree’s decision to accept another hydro project on their land, was named Best Documentary at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois, while awards for Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec (2004) included Top Prize and Audience Pick at Norway’s Riddu Riddu Festival.
Marilyn Thomas is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and producer with over eight years experience working in film, television and new media.
In 2001, she was accepted into Vancouver Film School’s intensive Writing for Film and Television Program. Immediately upon graduation, Marilyn secured contracts with several Vancouver-based productions. In 2001, she was awarded the BC Film Story Department Internship for Da Vinci's Inquest” (VI). She returned the next year and was also given the opportunity to co-write Fleas under the guidance of Chris Haddock, which was a semi-finalist for the CBC daytime serial innitiative. Marilyn’s experience spans everything from commercials and features to television shows and webisodic entertainment with the likes of CBC, Global TV, Sony, Touchstone Television, ABC Family, New Line Television, Spike TV, APTN and Marvel Comics.
Jason Hunter's first documentary about a Cree healer and how he received this gift to heal. Told by the elder himself in Eastern Cree, the viewer can learn first hand about traditional aboriginal life ways. Visually beautiful with a respect for the elders and their time-honored customs, The Three Medicines is a strong debut. Winner of Best Student Film at the 2007 Cherokee International Film Festival.
The Unity Runners is a short piece produced as part of the Moose Factory Film Workshop in Ontario, Canada. In August 2006, the Youth Unity Runners of the Cree First Nations were taken to Moose Factory and ran the length of the Moose Cree Reservation. This event highlights the Cree First Nations ability to unite and come together. Lucas Trapper directs his first film and takes the audience through the runner's journey.