SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS’ MISSION
Silver Bullet Productions’ mission is to encourage educational achievement through film making projects that empower students, enhance academic and economic opportunities, and preserve community culture and heritage.
Silver Bullet Productions is a 501(c)(3) educational film production company, incorporated in New Mexico.
NEWS AT SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS
Silver Bullet Receives New Mexico Children’s Foundation Grant
June 22 Article in Indian Country Today
“A Thousand Voices gets it a thousand percent correct. Departing from the usual Hollywood, romanticized notion of Native life, the film lets Native voices tell their own narrative.”
“A Thousand Voices” Wins Four New Mexico Women in Film (NMWIF) Fiesta! Awards
Thank you to New Mexico Women in Film. We are honored by this recognition. Congratulations to all of the participants, advisers, and members of the SBP production team.
See “A Thousand Voices” at the NMWIF Fiesta! in July
July 10 in Las Cruces @ The Fountain Theater
July 11 in Albuquerque @ The Guild Cinema
July 12 in Santa Fe @ The Jean Cocteau
Fiesta! starts at 5pm. “A Thousand Voices” is in Program 3, which starts at 8pm. Visit nmwif.com/nmwif-fiesta for more information and to buy tickets.
About “A Thousand Voices”
From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” this is a documentary that builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women. Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.
If you would like to purchase or license “A Thousand Voices,” email Pam Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 505-820-0552.
Silver Bullet received Yawa’ Award by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Creating positive and meaningful change in the community is never easy, but through strong partnerships with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, area and regional nonprofit organizations have made huge strides. To recognize the amazing achievements its nonprofit partners have made in the last year, the tribe honored four organizations that embody and demonstrate the time-honored Serrano concept of Yawa’ – to manifest one’s beliefs through action – at the sixth annual Forging Hope Breakfast March 25, 2014 in San Bernardino.
New Mexico-based Silver Bullet Productions was recognized with the Yawa’ Award in special projects for encouraging educational achievement through a hands-on approach to film making projects. Evolving from the concerns of tribal educators in New Mexico about the loss of language, culture and community, Silver Bullet Productions teaches culturally rich workshops with subject matter that is relevant to Native American education.
To learn more about this prestigious award, click here.
Video by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Congratulations Silver Bullet for Winning an Emmy®!
Silver Bullet Productions’ best work comes from collaborations. CANES OF POWER is a result of the participation and guidance from leaders from Pueblos of Pojoaque, Zia, Santa Ana, Laguna, Acoma, Tesuque, Pueblo de Cochiti, and Ohkay Owingeh, and the talents of our Production Team Nick Durrie, Matthew Martinez, and Pamela Pierce.
On Saturday night, October 19, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Silver Bullet Productions with an Emmy® in the category of cultural documentary. Included in the award are Pamela Pierce and Nick Durrie, Producers; Maura Dhu Studi, Writer; and David Aubrey, Camera Direction.
Silver Bullet Productions does not create educational films in order to receive awards, but we appreciate the recognition of the quality that educational materials must have in order to communicate with respect, teach with relevancy, and encourage insights with sensitivity. We are motivated to complete our next documentary with the same quality. “A Thousand Voices” is also guided by tribal leaders in New Mexico. It is the story of modern Native Women walking the path of traditional cultural values while succeeding in the 21st century.
Major funding for CANES OF POWER was through the generosity of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
CANES OF POWER review in American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) blog
The goal for SBP’s documentaries is to provide quality materials for teachers and students. We are proud to be reviewed so positively by American Indians in Children’s Literature.
Student Workshops Completed – Jemez Pueblo
Silver Bullet conducted Student Writing and Filmmaking Workshops in May with high school students at the Walatowa Charter School on the Pueblo of Jemez. Screenwriter and actress Maura Dhu Studi and noted Cherokee actor Wes Studi joined the teaching and directing team to complete these workshops. High school students and faculty were immersed in learning filmmaking, writing, acting and direction as the students created their own screenplay on healthy decision making. Each student received a video of their workshop, and the camera and editing equipment remains at Walatowa. Thank you, Walatowa, for allowing Silver Bullet to be guests of your school!
SBP is grateful for the donation and delivery of lunches by Las Campanas for students and adults at Jemez Pueblo, Walatowa Charter High School workshop on Drop out prevention. What a wonderful community! Thank you Las Campanas.
Silver Bullet Productions Wins Accolade Competitions
Silver Bullet Productions has won a prestigious Award of Excellence from The Accolade Competition. The award was given for Silver Bullet’s fascinating feature documentary “Canes of Power.” The documentary addresses the question of why President Abraham Lincoln recognized Pueblo independence in 1864 by bestowing an ornamental, silver tipped cane to each Pueblo Nation. From more than 500 Indian nations in the United States, only New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos received these symbolic gifts of sovereign status. The film and the related educational program provide the vehicle for Pueblo people to tell the story of the Canes, and their struggle for sovereignty, upon which cultural survival depends. The film is narrated by Wes Studi, award winning star of film and stage.
The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theaccolade.net.
In winning an Accolade, Silver Bullet Productions joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
BOARD AND MANAGEMENT
Silver Bullet Productions has fourteen volunteer members on the Board of Directors and one volunteer manager with expertise in education, film, community awareness and relationships, government agencies, marketing and development, law, and long term planning. Silver Bullet Productions also has the guidance of fifteen Advisors and Honorary Board members.