South of Sunrise Film Festival Now Accepting Short Film Entries If communities, particularly indigenous communities, empowered their young people to express themselves freely through artistic creativity, what would they say? What would they show? What would it sound like? Are we brave enough to listen? It’s a sad fact that many communities do not offer this opportunity. Add to this dilemma the media bias prevalent in our society and popculture’s increasing influence in shaping our identities. We seek to creatively address and overcome many critical issues rampant in our communities and promote cultural awareness by empowering our young people with media skills, resources, and mentors to challenge mainstream media by telling our stories and creating opportunities to have our stories heard by the world. South of Sunrise will have its first annual Film Festival September 19-21, 2013 in beautiful Ramah, New Mexico. Public speaking and social commentary is how we as Indigenous people tell our stories. Some of the most talented storytellers never get to tell their stories, but they exist within our communities. It is not uncommon to find a Navajo who will tell you that the funniest person, most talented artist, or best singer is someone within his or her family. We now have access to technology, mass media, and the ability to reach a large audience with high quality recordings and digital imaging. Smart phones, tablets, and other portable devices make it easier to learn through apps and the internet. Children and elderly people alike, whom at one point seemed to be disconnected with the technology of the present, now have the ability to create, share, and connect with the world. We believe access to information is key. South of Sunrise gives these communities, especially our young people, the tools and knowledge to create these projects and an opportunity to tell their stories. Visit southofsunrisefilmfestival. com for more information and to enter.
Most Patriotic Town Nominate Gallup! Gallup, NM is known for many reasons, such as “Indian Capital of the World” or our latest accomplishment, “Adventure Capital of New Mexico.” Now we have the chance to be recognized in Rand McNally’s 2013 Best Small Towns Contest as Most Patriotic Town! It’s easy to vote and you can do it once each day until September 3! Just go to bestoftheroad.com and register for free. Search for Gallup, New Mexico under 2013 Best Small Towns and click vote. You’ll be given a pull-down menu, which will allow you to choose Most Patriotic. The contest goes until September 3. A team of judges will be sent to the top 5 in each category and a winner will be announced sometime in October. Please pass the word to everyone you know and help put Gallup on the map for another great reason! If you have any questions, please call Ken at 505-863-3445.