I just found out that In The Footsteps of Yellow Woman has been accepted into the ReelHeART Film Festival! WooHoo!
So this is my first week back from Spring break. I love it. Even though it is snowing in spring. It’s been so great being here and with the year coming to a close were ending all of our big projects and getting everything ready for the end of the year. I’m so excited for summer break, I hope to be able to make a film and spend a lot of time with my grandmother. I also just got my re-acceptance letter for next year and I am so happy to know that I’ll be coming back.
So I’m finally back home after the longest stretch at school. 2 months. Getting ready for the Smithsonian Native American Film Festival In New York City! This will be my first trip to the big apple and I’m so excited! I have two films being in it this year, In The Footsteps Of Yellow Woman and The TV. Yellow Woman will be showing on April 3rd at 2:00 and The TV will be showing April 2nd, at 11:30 – 2 with other youth made films. The TV was made at Superfly a Filmmaking Experience in Seattle last summer. I can’t wait to see New York, and all of the other great films showing.
Here is the updated trailer for Yellow Woman : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_T5cyRKuRc
Yellow Woman Trailer
Here is my mom’s thesis “The Making of Yellow Woman: A Demonstration of Place-Based Media Arts Education”
Check them out!
While at school I have really been trying to take lots of pictures so here a few that are some of my favorites!
So I am on my second break home from school. The winter break. I am in love with school! It’s more incredible then I could have ever imagined. My schedule there is crazy hectic.
I am taking
Intro to Film
Community service at the Library
What I really love about my schedule is that it teaches you a lot of responsibility while still keeping you in a structured environment. You can still get detention for disobeying the rules etc… but you are expected to get your self to class and to do your homework. Production Mode is my favorite time. we take 3 weeks to film a movie in which all of our film classes stop and we can be out from 1:30 – 10 at night on shoot sometimes later! It’s hectic but so much fun!
Until Next Time!
I would like to publicly thank my sponsors who are helping me to be able to attend the top film program for high-school students in the world!!! Thank you! Thank you! Because of you I am able to follow my dreams and will be able to better make films that make a difference.
Robert H. and Scottie Cox
Robert S. Cox
Julia Wallace Letourneau
Mark and Kate Sorensen
Francis and Rachel Tso
“In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman” © 2009
is a 26 minute Docu-Drama about a 13 year old Navajo who finds her own strengths through making a documentary film about her Grandmother and their ancestral history. She imagines what it would be like to be her Great-Great-Grandmother, Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864 – 1868. The re-enactments were performed by the descendants of Yellow Woman and filmed in many of the places where the historical events actually took place.
Camille Manybeads Tso (Navajo) made this film at 13 as her 8th grade project, but it soon grew into something more meaningful. Camille conducted the interviews, researched the time period, and wrote a script of re-enactments. She recruited her cousins to help her film, act, sing, make costumes, and edit. The results are a beautiful film of the power of reclaiming oral histories.
Camille learned the art of film through the Indigenous Youth media literacy collective, Outta Your Backpack Media. She has worked with OYBMedia since she was 9, and is currently the youngest youth mentor. Camille formed Halne’e (Storyteller) Productions in 2008 to save her family’s stories.
AWARDS: Dolphin (Young Filmmaker) Award – Moondance Film Festival, Best Youth Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Script – Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival ; Special Student Recognition – Lake Arrowhead Film Festival; Most Innovative Short – Eckerd Film Festival; Best Documentary Short – Red Nation Film Festival 2009; Best Student Dramatic Short – Southeastern Native American Indian Film and Video Festival 2009; Best Student Docudrama – International Cherokee Film Festival 2009
“In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman” by Camille Manybeads Tso
Official selection of the following Film Festivals:
Indigenous Arts and Film Festival, Denver, CO. October, 2009
International Cherokee Film Festival, Tulsa, OK. October, 2009
AWARD: Best Student Docudrama
American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA. November, 2009
Native Spirit Film Festival London, UK. November, 2009
Native American Indian Film and Video Festival of the Southeastern U.S., Columbia, SC. November, 2009 AWARD: Best Student Dramatic Short
Red Nation Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA. November, 2009
AWARD: Best Documentary Short
High Desert Shorts International Film Festival, Pahrump, NV. November, 2009
Trail Dance Film Festival, Duncan, OK. January, 2010
Eckerd Film Festival, St. Petersburg FL. February, 2010
AWARD: Most Innovative Short
Da Vinci Film Festival, Corvallis, OR March, 2010
Cowichan International Aboriginal Film Festival Duncan, BC Canada April 2010
AWARDS: Best Student Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Script
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead, CA. April, 2010
AWARD: Special Student Recognition
Cine Las Americas, Austin, TX April 2010
Kids First! Film Festival 2010 Multiple Locations April – July 2010
Memphis International Film and Music Fest: Kids Fest Memphis, TN April, 2010
National Film Festival For Talented Youth, Seattle, WA. May 2010
Black Hills Film Festival Hill City, SD. May 2010
Chicago Anarchist Film Festival Chicago, IL May 2010
Awareness Festival Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA May 2010
Dreamspeakers Film Festival Edmonton, AB Canada June 2010
Sedona Native American Film Festival June, 2010
San Antonio Film Festival, San Antonio, TX June, 2010
International Youth Film Festival Wales, UK. August, 2010
Red NationFilm Festival “On the Road” Santa Fe Indian Market August 2010
Biindigaate Film Festival Thunder Bay, Ontario September, 2010
Festival Cine’ Alter’natif Nantes, Brittany, France. September, 2010
Monument Valley Film Festival Kayenta, AZ September 2010
Moondance Film Festival, Boulder, CO. September, 2010 AWARD:
Dolphin (Young Filmmaker) Award
Association on American Indian Affairs Film Festival New York City 11/18/2010
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Santa Fe, NM October 2010
Official (Non-Film Festival) Screenings of “In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman”
Premiere at Taala Hooghan Infoshop, Flagstaff, AZ. September 2009
STAR School, Flagstaff, AZ. September, 2009
Northpoint High School, Prescott, AZ. October, 2009
WEB Conference Prescott, AZ 2009
Highline Academy Denver, CO. October, 2009
Café Cultura, Denver, CO. December 2009
Montessori Charter School, Flagstaff, AZ. February, 2010
Institute of American Indian Arts Santa Fe, NM. March, 2010
Artists Path, Prescott, AZ April, 2010
Kernville Union School Kernville, CA May 2010
Outta Your Backpack Media Center, June 2010
SOAS University of London, July 2010
Museum of Northern Arizona, August 2010
Gilcrease Museum of the Americas, Tulsa, OK September 2010
Pueblo Peoples Youth Summit, Pojoaque, NM October 2010
“In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman” is a part of the curriculum used in Northern
Arizona University’s Race, Gender, and Media class. Flagstaff, AZ