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New York, NY—The Smithsonian’s 15th Native American Film + Video Festival Closing Night celebration concert is presented by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and will feature over four indigenous artists, local bands Family Dynamics and Martha Redbone, Canadian siren—Elisapie Isaac, Oklahoma’s The Nekid Bandit and special guest musicians, Drew Nix and Gary Farmer on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Brooklyn’s Southpaw music hall. The evening’s free event is made possible by Four Directions Productions, Quebec Government Office in New York and Dutch Boy Burger.

NY independent filmmaker who directed what has been considered one of the best Native American films ever made, Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch lends his name again to the Closing Night Celebration Concert for the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival (NAFVF). The 2009 NAFVF Closing Night featured over five bands and filled the 5,000 sq foot venue, Southpaw, which TimeOutNY Magazine has named one of the top five venues in all of New York City. The NAFVF is honored by Jarmusch’s kind support.

This year’s line-up for the 2011 NAFVF concert includes a wide variety and musical styles chosen to compliment each other and appease the diverse tastes of the over 100 guest filmmakers at this year’s festival.

New York’s Family Dynamics features White Mountain Apache musician Laura Ortman and creates a textural improvisational sound using electronics, voice and orchestral instrumentation. Family Dynamics features four members from the band Stars Like Fleas. In addition to the arty gigs of Family Dynamics and Stars Like Fleas, members have also played with a variety of talents, including: Björk, Rhys Chatham, Vincent Moon, John Zorn, Sean Lennon, Deerhoof, TV on the Radio & Thurston Moore. Click on the band’s full bio HERE.

To hear new tracks from Family Dynamic’s upcoming album, please contact Robert Cangiano. Press Only.


The Nekid Bandit features Jef Johnston who takes on an Irish-like folk-rock rhythm and places forward vocal experimentation and crafty guitar work with electronic accents. Johnston, a Cherokee/Choctaw from Oklahoma, scored the award-winning film from 2007 by Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek), Four Sheets to the Wind. NY Texan transplant, Drew Nix, whose music is also featured on Four Sheets to the Wind guests on The Nekid Bandit. Nix blends contemporary folk and country, sometimes with an upbeat and humoristic approach. Read The Nekid Bandit Bio HERE.

Listen to The Nekid Bandit’s “Point of You”:


Inuk singer/musician Elisapie Isaac is rising on the Montreal new music scene and already has one Juno award-winning album from her collaboration project Taima. Her music, called “Arctic electric new cool” and “Polar Pop,” pulls the listener in with her dreamy vocals and spritely whimsicalness. Read her bio HERE.




Listen to Elisapie Isaac’s “Inuk”:


Closing the night will be Brooklyn’s Martha Redbone whom TimeOutNY has said “In our opinion Redbone deserves Alicia Keys level success. She has the deep funk to back up her soul queen image and live she brings a groove-heavy powerhouse of a band”. Martha’ new indie soul music will be joined with guest musician and actor Gary Farmer (yes, the same Gary Farmer from Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Chris Eyre’s Smoke Signals), who also splits his time between community activism, acting and with his blues band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers singing and playing a masterful harmonica. Read Martha’s bio HERE.

Listen to Martha Redbone’s “Skin”:


Two of the bands, The Nekid Bandit and Elisapie Isaac will also appear in New York the same week. The Nekid Bandit w/ Drew Nix will perform at Williamsburg’s Pete’s Candy Store, Saturday, April 2, from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am. Elisapie Isaac will grace Manhattan’s Lower East Side’s The Living Room stage for three nights starting at 7pm on April 4, 5 and 6.

The Native American Film + Video Festival is dedicated to indigenous production from throughout the Americas, designed to be a welcoming place for Native filmmakers and other participants in indigenous film.  In this year’s Festival more than 100 participants in Native film will be here from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Suriname, and the United States. This provides the audience with an unparalleled opportunity to see great new films and to be part of conversations with creative people from so many Native communities.

The NAFVF11 Closing Night Concert will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 10 pm until closing at Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tel: (718) 230-0236. FREE ADMISSION. For more information on the festival, visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Film + Video Center at or call (212) 514-3731.

FOR PRESS ONLY: If you would like to hear more tracks by the featured artists, contact Robert Cangiano to send you the private Soundcloud link for the festival line-up.

For Band bios, click HERE.



(Image from ‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.’ Photography by Shane Brown.)

If you haven’t seen this compelling documentary about Oklahoma’s female inmates partaking in a break from prison life for a chance to compete in the state’s Penitentiary Rodeo, or if you have seen it but want to see it again or share it with a friend, save “Sweethearts of  the Prison Rodeo” on your Netflix queue and bring it that much closer to convenient viewing.

From the filmmakers that brought you ‘Okie Noodling,’ ‘Fearlesss Freaks,’ ‘Summercamp!’ and “The Creek Runs Red’ comes another heart-gripping journey into Americana life—the subculture of the Oklahoma penitentiary system and the modern-day Wild West: ‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.’

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo’ goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls on their journey to the 2007 Oklahoma State Penitentiary Rodeo. In 2006, female inmates were allowed to participate for the first time. In a state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country, these women share common experiences such as broken homes, drug abuse and alienation from their children. Since 1940, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary has held an annual ‘Prison Rodeo’. Part Wild West show and part coliseum-esque spectacle, it’s one of the last of its kind – a relic of the American penal system. Prisoners compete on wild-broncs and bucking bulls, risking life-long injuries. For inmates like Danny Liles, a 14-year veteran of the rodeo, the chance to battle livestock offers a brief respite from prison life. Within this strange arena the prisoners become the heroes while the public and guards applaud.

Freedom, family, forgiveness—these are human needs. Without ever loudly announcing its statement of purpose, while focusing on bulls and broncos and adrenaline, “Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo” makes a plea for human dignity and compassion. –Filmmaker Magazine

SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO, (is) a gorgeous, insightful, hilarious, emotional look at tradition, criminal justice, hope and regret.  It’s as pure a piece of movie-making that you will see in nonfiction in 2009, commercial as hell, and certainly one of the best films of the year. – A.J. Schnack, All These Wonderful Things

‘Sweethearts…’ is a story of gladiatorial desperation and hope, tied up with one whole lot of Oklhahoman heart – Hell yeah!” – Time Out London

For more information on the film or to buy it directly, visit the film’s website at:


  • Login to Netflix
  • Once on the film title page for SWEETHEARTS, click “SAVE”
  • Once you get a confirmation that it’s been added to your Queue, SWEETHEARTS OF THE PRISON RODEO will be that much closer to becoming available as a rental on Netflix.




Killer Whale PR+M proudly announces three new artists that have joined our team, Actor Kyle Conrad, Photographer Wesley Law and Filmmaker Per-Josef Idivuoma! All bring something special and unique to our world and Killer Whale would be amiss to not show off their talents and contributions. So go ahead, read more about them here (or visit our page on “Artists We’re Talking About”).


Kyle Conrad was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1984. His displayed his love for acting early in life, running around his house, singing and acting out scenes from “Aladdin.” He attended a fine arts high school, Tulsa Central where he practiced various performing arts as well as baseball and kicking it up with his skateboard. When he was 18, the army called Kyle into action. He was part of the first invading unit to reach Baghdad where they set up relations with the local Iraqis. He had a brief stay back in the States and then another year long deployment in 2005 where his assignment was to drive throughout the country of Iraq completing weekly convoy missions. On his next return home, he did a year of Business Management at Oklahoma State University until he was called back to duty for the Oklahoma National Guard as a Detainees Operations Specialist. He last returned home in October 2008 and has spent over a year contemplating his years in service and the next steps of his life. He’s now renewing his passion for life by exploring and challenging his creative self through acting. He can easily mold himself into a variety of characters and his experience in war obviously lends well to action films. Ah, and he’s also a vampire freak! He would love to delve into the mystery and reveal the strengths and vulnerabilities of the vampire as they face the day to day of eternal life. His high observational talents attract him to films that explore the struggle between good and evil and the personal motivation behind so much power. Along with dramatic roles, he also enjoys bringing out his playful spirit through comedy. This class clown lists “Super Troopers” and “Grandma’s Boy” alongside his favorite dramatic films such as “Fight Club,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “American History X” and “Forrest Gump.” It is easy to come into the presence of Kyle and feel the sincerity, depth and acute awareness he brings to the world. Like Aladdin, Kyle too rises through adversity with the power of magic. Check out his modeling pix from a fun St. Louis photo-shoot with the great Wesley Law! Visit our “Pix” Page at the top.

PER-JOSEF IDIVUOMA | Filmmaker | Sweden

Per-Josef Idivuoma was born and raised in the village of Idivuoma in northern Sweden, and grew up in the woods. He was raised in a reindeer-herding family, and has a close relationship with both his family and the culture. Idivuoma’s strong tie to his reindeer-herding traditions is witnessed in his creativity as he aims to inject Sámi values, morality and lifestyle into his films. Per-Josef expresses himself best in humoristic styles, such as parodies, and he always has a bright and humoristic side to everything in life. If a story doesn’t have any humor in it, it’s not worth telling according to Per-Josef. Per-Josef Idivuoma has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sámi Journalism, and since 2001 he worked at the Sámi radio station in Sweden, but in 2010 he left radio for good to start making movies. His biggest hope is to make a Sámi action-comedy in the future, but first he has to make several more short movies of his twenty-something ideas. Idivuoma’s first movie Čalmmis čalbmái/Eye to Eye (2007) had its World Premiere at the Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, and was nominated for the Čorvoš Prize at Sámi Film Festival in Kautokeino, Norway. Čurte-Niillas – the (Short) Movie was also nominated for the Čorvos Prize in 2010. Per-Josef is also the co-director, producer and editor of Mollet’s new music video for the song “Mon, Mollet Ja Don” that’s was YouTube released in May 2010. He’s the frontman in the Sámi rock band Mollet which released an EP in 2007 and a 2008 pre-album release on the World Wide Web for the long awaited full length album “Dego Yeah!” that came out in June 2010. He is currently in pre-production for a skateboarding parody film to be shot in 2011 in Stockholm. You can find PJ on Youtube to the links on the right.

WESLEY LAW | Photographer | USA

And last but not least, we would like to introduce you to photographer, Wesley Law. His photographic career started in London documenting East Asian immigrants as they integrated into the European culture. Having won a grant from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace to complete the 1.5 year project, the resulting work has travelled all over the world in a 2006 group exhibit entitled, Eyes on the World. It has graced cities such as New York, London, Athens, Tokyo and Bejing and is met with wide acclaim. Wesley continues to expand his work as globally as he possibly can. Through recent trips to China he has amassed a collection of images of the incredible pace of progress the country has experienced in the past 10 years. From classic images of the Three Gorges before they were flooded to the furthest western city, Urumqi and the superhighway that now bisects the former village. Wesley’s vision has always been to show compassion to both viewers: those who have never been there and those who are from there. Wesley’s latest international travels have taken him as far as the borders of Russia in a country called, Estonia. A former soviet puppet state, Estonia has risen to be called one of the Baltic Tigers. Wesley traveled around the capital city of Tallinn with a 4×5 film camera and lighting equipment to capture striking large format portraits of the landmarks and the people who inhabit the land. Wesley’s images never intend to show the foreign nature of another culture but to display the compassion of difference. Wesley is himself multicultural as his parents are from China, settling in St. Louis to raise a family almost 45 years ago. He draws a lot of his compassion and perspective towards others from the unique experiences growing up Asian-American. Visit his website by either linking on his picture or in the link field to the right. Oh, and he took the fab new pix of Kyle! To see more from this great St. Louie photo shoot, check out our “Pix” page at the top.

Thanks for coming back and visiting us here at Killer Whale PR+M. After a long, trying and hot hot summer, we’re happy to bounce back with these three new talented and über groovy men. Stay tuned for exciting future updates we can’t tell you about just yet, but we promise, cool things are gonna start happening! Cheerios!


June 19, 2010 (Montréal, Canada)—At the Awards Ceremony held at the McCord Museum, Montréal First Peoples’ Festival organized by Terres En Vue/Land In Sights announced Philipp Abryutin’s IVAN AND IVAN as the winner of the TEUEIKAN GRAND PRIZE for best short film and Blackhorse Lowe’s SHIMÁSÁNÍ as the winning film for best cinematography in the award MEILLEURE DIRECTION PHOTO yesterday in Canada!

“Black and white is an apt choice for Navajo country and the austere majesty of its unattainable horizons. For quenching our thirst for departures and depicting a ponderous reality in the pulsating light seeping into the hogan and shining in the pasturelands, the 2010 First Peoples Festival awards SMOKEY NELSON the BEST PHOTO DIRECTION prize for SHIMÁSÁNÍ by BLACKHORSE LOWE.”

Director Blackhorse Lowe with cinematographer Smokey Nelson and producer David Stevens at the Sundance Film Festival 2010. Photo by Wesley Law.

“For the strong impact of a concise, controlled story line accurately depicting the intergenerational and identity-based laceration so many First Peoples suffered when their children were torn from their natural milieu in the name of progress, and for a strong work of art in which a young director is already affirming an authentic filmmaker’s signature, the 2010 First Peoples Festival awards the TEUEIKAN GRAND PRIZE to a short film that has a lot more to say than many longer films: IVAN AND IVAN by PHILIPP ABRYUTIN.”

Director Philipp Abryutin.

Killer Whale PR+M celebrate these awards with the  filmmakers and cinematographer for their outstanding achievements and are happy to share the news with you.

For more information on the films, please visit their websites (linked within and to the right of this article).  Learn more about the filmmakers under ARTISTS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT above. For more information on Montréal First Peoples’ Festival, click here.


US PREMIERES of IVAN AND IVAN by Russian indigenous filmmaker PHILIPP ABRYUTIN


NEW YORK, NY and AUSTIN, TX—Two prestigious and competitive film festivals, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight (February 17—March 3) and SXSW Film + Music Conference (March 12—20) have selected an international newcomer, Russian indigenous filmmaker Philipp Abryutin, to premiere his short documentary about an indigenous family’s way of life in contemporary Russia, “Ivan and Ivan” to U.S. audiences this spring.

Ivan and Ivan” is a tenderly moving film about a nine-year-old Eveny boy (Evens are a reindeer herding tribe in the Magadan region of Russia) who lives with his grandmother and grandfather. Raised to live off the land and care for their reindeer, we see the strong bond between grandfather and grandson in their everyday lives. The film’s end will surprise most audiences and particularly U.S. audiences whose understanding of Russian policies with their Native people are slim to none. Even for Russian people today, many do not even realize indigenous people still exist in Russia.

For a young and fairly unknown filmmaker from the northeastern arctic region of Russia to showcase his first work outside of film school to U.S. audiences at the internationally recognized film programs of The Museum of Modern (MoMA) Art’s Documentary Fortnight program, an annual showcase of outstanding documentaries, and the competitive Academy-qualifying South by Southwest (SXSW) Film + Music Conference in Austin, Texas, the results are compelling to predict that U.S. and global audiences alike will be keeping their eye on Philipp Abryutin and his work.

For Abryutin, a humble twenty-four year-old filmmaker, the exposure and selection of his films to international audiences is stunning. For a Chukchi, an indigenous reindeer herding people from a remote and icy corner of the world, the opportunity to bring Russian indigenous way of life to global audiences is a driving force behind his motivation to make films.

Magadan is a neighboring region to Chukotka, where I am from. I met the family in this documentary when I was traveling on the tundra. After just a short time, we became close friends—I could feel their lives and the deep connections they shared. I had my camera with me and began filming their story. As the filmmaker of this documentary, I’m really interested in seeing it brought to many different kinds of audiences and hearing their reactions. The story of the grandfather and grandson really touched me, and I hope it will be the same for audiences who watch this film.” (Philipp Abryutin)

Philipp Abryutin (Chukchi) was born in 1986 in the Chukotka region of Russia. His parents Larisa and Mikhail Abryutin were doctors in a mobile medical group dedicated to traveling the tundra and coasts of Chukotka to treat patients living outside cities and villages. When he was thirteen, his parents moved to Moscow to further their careers and by the time he was fourteen he won an international writing competition in which excerpts from this story have been published in magazines and newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Ford Report and Russia’s Northern Lights magazine. Since then, he has received his Masters from the famous VGIK/All-Russian State University of Cinematography whose faculty and alumni include Russian film greats Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky. His Master’s film project in 2008, “Prevention of Repeated Crimes” won several awards at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival including the Spectator Award given to the best student film. Currently he works in Russian television and is pursuing his Ph.D in Film Dramaturgy at his alma mater.

Screening dates for “Ivan and Ivan” at Doc Fortnight and SXSW Film + Music Conference:

Documentary Fortnight | MoMA | New York, NY:
Thursday, February 25, 4:30 p.m., Theater 1 (T1);
Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1 (T1);

SXSW Film + Music Conference | Austin, TX:
Monday, March 15, 4:00 PM, Hideout
Thursday, March 18, 11:30 AM, Alamo Lamar 3

The 2010 edition of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA‘s ninth annual festival of international nonfiction film, includes 20 feature and 23 mid-length and short documentaries that represent the wide range of creative categories that extend the idea of the documentary form. Established in 2001, MoMA‘s annual two-week showcase of recent nonfiction film and video takes place each February. On view in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at MoMA from February 17 through March 3, 2010.

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers lucrative networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film. The internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, with a truly diverse program ranging from provocative documentaries to subversive Hollywood comedies. SXSWeek 2010: March 12-2, Interactive: March 12-16, Film: March 12-20, Music: March

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PARK CITY, UT—Navajo film director, Blackhorse Lowe, will screen his latest film, “Shimásání,” a short created with the 2007 New Mexico/New Visions Award will screen at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival from January 21—31, 2010 in Park City, Utah. The story, inspired by the director’s family history and environment, is infused with his love for film by invoking the spirits of cinema masters Akira Kurosawa, Zacharias Kunuk and Jean-Luc Godard. A serious contemplation in the art of film makes this short docu-drama a cinematic milestone in Native American movie-making.

Shimásání” was created in large part by the 2007 New Mexico/New Visions Award by the state that included a Panavision camera package award using Kodak film, enabling the inspired Lowe to shoot on film using an anamorphic lens to create a cinematic experience set on the Navajo reservation in the 1920s. To Lowe, who wrote, directed and edited the film, “I wanted to shoot Shimásání on the most beautiful cinematic format available, so shooting black and white 35 anamorphic was really the only choice.  With it I was able to achieve an authentic sense of a time, place and people rarely presented on the screen, whereas digital or other grades of film wouldn’t have allowed that reality to come through as it truly is.

Known for casting family members and pushing them out of their comfort zone, Lowe’s final outcome is a cathartic experience reminiscing the stark landscaped backdrop of Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” with the inner emotional turbulence of Godard’s “Contempt” in a personal story about a woman coming-of-age whose family obligation to tend the sheep with her mother conflicts with her desire to attend boarding school, a contrary concept to most Native experiences.

Shimásání (Navajo for ‘maternal grandmother’) is based on my grandmother’s story of wanting to go to boarding school. To her this offered a chance for intellectual stimulation and an opportunity for a better life.  The boarding school experience for most Native Americans is not a happy one, but this story offered a different perspective on the whole situation.” (Blackhorse Lowe, on the subject of the film)

Blackhorse Lowe, whose roster of films includes his first feature film which showcased at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, “5th World” and his debut short film, “Shush” that screened at the festival in 2004. Lowe was the recipient of the 2007 Renew Media Grant for his screenplay “Left-Handed Path,” a project he also work-shopped as a fellow of the 2006 Sundance Writer’s and Producer’s Lab. “Shimásání” recently screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Academy Award nominating festival, LA Shorts Fest and won two Honourable Mention Awards at the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada. He was one of 25 film directors that participated in First Nations/First Features, a touring showcase of first features films by world indigenous directors presented by The Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian and New York University.

Shimásání” stars an all-Navajo cast with impressive crew of Native producers, Chad Burris, Chickasaw, who produced the award-winning films by Seminole director Sterlin Harjo, “Barking Water,” “Four Sheets to the Wind,” and “Goodnight, Irene;” Heather Rae, Cherokee, whose production “Frozen River” was nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Nanobah Becker, Navajo, a fellow alumni of the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program, whose short film “Conversion” screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Both Chad Burris and Heather Rae have two feature films at this year’s Sundance, “The Dry Land” starring America Ferrera produced by Rae and “The Killer Inside Me” by Michael Winterbottom, executive produced by Burris. Shimásání’s director of photography, Smokey Nelson, also worked on camera for 2010 Sundance pick “Blue Valentine” starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

Sundance Screening dates for “Shimásání” are:

Program: Shorts Program V

Friday, January 22, 11:30 a.m. at Prospector Square Theatre, Park City;

Saturday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. at Library Center Theatre, Park City;

Sunday, January 24, 3:45 p.m. at Broadway Centre Cinemas V, SLC;

Wednesday, January 27, 9:00 a.m. at Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City;

Saturday, January 30, 6:00 p.m. at Egyptian Theatre, Park City.

Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre, and presents the annual Sundance Film Festival. Internationally recognized for its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Angels in America, Spring Awakening, Boys Don’t Cry and Born into Brothels.

For ticketing and screening information, visit the Sundance Film Festival website at or contact their Park City Office at Park City, UT: (435) 658-3456.  To attend press screenings, please contact Michelle Svenson and/or Robert Cangiano at Killer Whale PR+M and the Sundance Film Festival Press Office: Lauren Larson, Publicity Coordinator, Shorts Programs at (435) 776 7934 or

Press kit including images and press clips available.