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Youth Demonstrate Their Talent and Creativity and genuine kindness of the Staff, Through Film Festival at Community Center Community and Parents of the Chehalis Tribe. The First Annual Chehalis Tribe We would also like to thank all the Film Festival came to a close youth participants. It was a pleasure Wednesday night, August 22, with and a blast to work with you!!! All a premiere of our community youth of you are STARS in our eyes. Your flms. The Community Center hard work has defnitely paid off and Gathering Room was transformed it has shown in the flms. We look into a dinner movie theatre, forward to seeing each and every replete with black velvet curtains one of you on Friday November 9 surrounding the silver screen, in San Francisco at the 37th Annual each table granted a perfect view. American Indian Film Festival.” American Indian Film Institute Youth made a documentary about the stories surrounding founder and director Michael the mysterious inhabitants of our local forests in the “The DVDs of the flms will be available Smith was on hand to speak about Sasquatch Chronicles.” for community viewing later this the future of Native media and fall. defending our way of life through Ortivez as the wise-cracking best ancestral lands. Produced by Sean flm. Students, their families, and friend and a break-out performance Allen, Farley Youckton, and Jordan Students who completed the AIFI curious members of the community by Madoleen Goddard as The Baby. Bird, the project provided a chance Program included: Payton Albert, were treated to a recognition dinner for families to connect together thru Brooke Allen, Sean Allen, Jordan before the lights were dimmed and In “Rise of the Gummies”, a the art of flmmaking. Bird, Jordan Bray, Kaileen Bray, the creative efforts of our students high school science experiment Aaliyah Flure-Latch, Dewey fickered across the room. led by Professor Norman (Harry The AIFI Tribal Touring Program, Gleason, Jacee Hoyle, Geo Jack, Pickernell, Jr.) goes terribly wrong established in 2001, represents a Jordan Merriman, Emily Ortivez, “Rez Dogs” is a short comic study when a careless slacker (Jordan strategic intervention into the lives Gary Ortivez, Makayla Ortivez, on the thoughts that run through Bray) unleashes a gummy-bear of Native Youth ages 13-20. The Harry Pickernell, and Farley the minds of the canine members mastermind and his chewy minions sequential program uses technology Youckton. of our community. Featuring upon the hapless teenagers of the to introduce youth to media-making candid footage of local rez dogs school (led by performances from tools, gives them the experience of The Chehalis Tribe Film Festival and voiced by the AIFI instructors, Payton Albert, Jordan Merriman, making flms related to their own and Youth Film Program was the Dewey Gleason, and others, the flm and Makayla Ortivez). The flm lives, and prepares them for work- kick-off event for the new Chehalis entertained the audience with laughs features comedy, suspense, and career options in the media industry. Tribal Youth Development Program. and puzzlement. stop-motion animation to bring the Over the course of 10 days, youth This program provides enhancement gummies to terrible life. participants write, produce, shoot, opportunities for all Chehalis Tribal “No Love In Basketball” is a direct, perform in, and edit their Member and Community Youth melodrama following the turmoil “The Sasquatch Chronicles” is own broadcast-quality flms. Tribal to develop the skills they need to endured by a young basketball a documentary about the stories Touring Program Coordinator, secure living-wage careers, advance player, Jamal (Geo Jack). After surrounding the mysterious Mytia Zavala, shared her thoughts to higher education, and thrive being caught by his baby-momma inhabitants of our local forests. on behalf of all the program in our community with a passion (Emily Ortivez) in an “It’s not what Told through interviews with Mel instructors: for civic and social involvement, it looks like” moment, he has to Youckton and Bruce Klatush, the reweaving the intergenerational fnd a way to repair his relationship flm reveals the awe and respect “AIFI would like to give thanks to fabric of our community. Special while dealing with the vindictive that is due the Sasquatch people the Chehalis Tribe and all Chehalis opportunities are available for our plans of local young vixen (Brooke with whom we share our common Youth who participated in AIFI’s most promising and committed Allen), who is determined Tribal Touring Program, August youth. to steal him away. The 13 - 22, 2012. We, the TTP Film flm also featured Gary Crew and AIFI Staff are all very To learn how the thankful for our time working program may help “No Love In with the kids to help develop their Basketball” is a stories into flm format. It is always your student, contact melodrama following an amazing privilege to witness Youth Development the turmoil endured a community, as yours, who is Manager, William The American by a young basketball encouraging and supportive of their Thoms: 360-709- Indian Film 1897 or wthoms@ player, Jamal future generation. Our TTP team is Institute (Geo Jack). most grateful for all the hospitality Page 10   
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