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St. Stephens Film Arapaho Truths wins Best Inspirational Film Award!


Arapaho Truths

Arapaho Truths, the St. Stephens Indian School film, produced in collaboration with Boston based Moonstar Productions, has been named the winner of the Best Inspirational Film Award at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival in Hollywood, California. "The Culture & Diversity Film Festival rejoices in the many colors of our lives and our world by showcasing a diverse selection of films from around the globe."

This is the second award Arapaho Truths has received, the first being The Culture Heritage Film Award from the San Diego International Kids' Film Festival in September.

Arapaho Truths has been "Officially Selected" for inclusion in twelve film festivals, including The American Indian Film Festival® which "is the world’s longest-running exposition showcasing independent film dedicated to USA Native American and First Nations people of Canada's cinematic achievement". Highlighted by Indian Country Today as one of the "Seven Events Worth Experiencing" and voted as one of the “Best Native American Experiences” by USA Today, the American Indian Film Festival is an event not to miss."

The film was also be shown at the Red Nation International Film Festival in Los Angeles.

"Red Nation International Film FestivalTM , The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous CinemaTM is an American Indian & Indigenous film festival that takes place every year as part of the City of Los Angeles Celebration of Native American Heritage Month."

It was at the Red Nation festival in 2014, where the St. Stephens film, Listening for a New Day, was awarded the "Oyate" award for outstanding contribution to film and culture, William C'Hair accepted the award on behalf of the Tribe.

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 of St. Stephens.

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 including 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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