April 23, 2010

Eyre films Native Century pilot

Film crew works downtown on pilot for 'Native Century' series

By Mary WestonKatahdin Productions filmed a segment of a promotional clip for the documentary "Native Century" Thursday morning by the Centennial Clock on Montgomery Street.

The crew also filmed a scene at the Butte County Office of Education on Bird Street in front of the Ishi mural.

Ishi spent his first night in civilization in 1911 in a jail located on what's now the BCOE property.

"Native Century" will be a four-hour series directed by Chris Eyre of "Smoke Signals" [and] "Skins."

The documentary recounts Native American history in the century after Wounded Knee. The film chronicles how Native Americans have sustained ancient traditions and preserved sovereign nations while adapting to the 20th and 21st centuries, according to information at www.katahdin.org.

This week the company has been filming a pilot film about Ishi and the repatriation of his brain from the Smithsonian Institute.
Comment:  For more on Chris Eyre, see Hollywood Puts Natives "in a Box" and Pix of After the Mayflower. For more on Ishi, see Brian Wescott, Charlie Hill, and Ishi. For more on Native documentaries, see Native Documentaries and News.

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