SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS
Silver Bullet Productions (SBP), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 New Mexico corporation operating since 2005, is an educational filmmaking program for rural and tribal communities and students. SBP engages students and community members in an educational workshop or the creation of a film relevant to the geographic, cultural, historic or economic vision of that community. The impact is educational change, historical awareness, and preservation of culture.
Silver Bullet Productions’ mission is to encourage educational achievement in New Mexico’s communities through a filmmaking program that empowers students, impacts academic and economic opportunities, and preserves community culture and heritage.
SBP believes that relevant learning decreases drop out and increases educational success for a community. “Relevancy” is when the teaching, skills, and materials are connected to a student’s culture and history, and will be useful learning tools immediately and in the future.
SBP creates relevant educational experiences in two ways: student workshops in writing and filmmaking, leaving the new camera equipment with the community to continue history preservation and story telling; and SBP creates network worthy documentaries for teaching and national use to expose esoteric topics, shatter stereotypes, and expand cultural preservation.
- Stirs the public’s imagination, knowledge, sensitivity and reverence for issues of diversity, culture, and history
- Increases academic relevance and improves skills (reading, writing, organization, public speaking and editing), preserves language, and engages each child in his culture
- Increases motivation for learning in order to reduce drop-out rate and community attrition and, upgrades aspirations for career and higher education
- Decreases achievement gap among Anglo and Hispanic and Native American students
- Integrates New Mexico standards and performance with culturally relevant facts and film technology
- Includes elders, community leaders, families and businesses in the education process
- Grows future filmmakers among Native American, Hispanic and Anglo population as well as encourages students to pursue post secondary school opportunities
- Shatters stereotypes of Native American men and women
SBP has completed over 35 educational film projects, including documentaries, Public Service Announcements, and screenwriting and acting workshops in pueblo and rural communities. Our student workshops foster suicide prevention, dropout reduction and anti bullying. SBP Documentaries have won four regional Emmys®, and the prestigious Accolade award for Excellence, and have been accepted to film festivals internationally. Our workshops were awarded the highly sought San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ Yawa’ award for Putting Actions to Words. Most of all, our posttest assessments indicate student improvement in skills and aspirations.
Video by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
With no paid staff, SBP funds go to the mission. Donations, grants, and our bi-annual fundraiser provide camera equipment for students and teachers, student workshops, pre and post assessments of skills and aspirations, curriculum development and production costs for award-winning educational films “Modern Leaders, Ancient Pathways,” “Canes of Power” and “A Thousand Voices.”
WHAT’S NEW AT SILVER BULLET PRODUCTIONS
Next SPB Documentary is Underway
Silver Bullet Productions is in pre production on our next educational documentary, the ancient and modern role of the Warrior.
photo © David Aubry and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
We invite you to support this project, share in the pride that will come from completion of another quality use of film to engage students and communities, to shatter stereotypes, and to stimulate pride or changed perceptions. Support our team of tribal leaders, award winning professionals and educators. To find out more please contact Silver Bullet Productions at 505-820-0552 or email@example.com.
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.