October 02, 2006

Saved by the Bell?

From NativeVue.org:

What is the “Native American Film Commission” and Why Should We Care?

Commissioner Judy Bell (on the right)has put together a workshop to introduce the tribe on the value of creating a Native film industry based in southern California. If successful, the Commission will replicate the seminar package to other tribes throughout the country, dispelling the notion that filmmaking is necessarily a high-risk, little return investment. Meanwhile, she is also working with filmmaker Michelle Marshall to help her secure funding for her upcoming family movie about a kid’s football team.

“Funding for good films and television needs to come from the Indian community,” she notes, “It's no secret that Hollywood hasn't been interested, but if there was financial support and enough good films suddenly showed up, pulled in audiences, and made money, they'd pay attention.”

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