30th Anniversary Premiere
Feature / USA

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30th Anniversary Premiere
Feature / USA

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Laemmle Music Hall | 8:15pm to 10:15pm | On the Red is Green Carpet  (Arrivals 7:00pm

Cast Reunites with Director and others. In Person Jonathan Wacks, A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Amanda Wyss, Barry Goldberg … More to be announced!  

Two Cheyenne Indian friends with very different outlooks on life set off on a road trip. Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer) is a spiritual seeker trying to find the answers to life’s questions; his pal, Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez), is a realist who sees the world in black-and-white terms. When Buddy’s sister is jailed in Santa Fe, N.M., the mismatched duo hit the highway in Philbert’s dilapidated 1964 Buick and experience wild twists and turns on their journey of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Wacks
Cast: A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Gary Farmer,  Amanada Wyss. Features: Wes Studi, Graham Green 
Producer: George Harrison, Carl Kraines, Denis O’Brien, Jan Wieringa
Cinematographer: Toyomichi Kurita

Includes a post screening Q&A with the director (s)

Director (s)

Jonathan Wacks is the Founding Director of the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and Professor in Film at Brooklyn College. He has directed a number of films including Powwow Highway (Warner Bros), produced by Beatle, George Harrison. The film was winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker’s Trophy, nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, and winner of awards for best picture, director, and actor at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Wacks’ first film, Crossroads/South Africa (PBS), won a Student Academy Award in the documentary category. He then produced the acclaimed cult-hit Repo Man (Universal), starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, and directed, Mystery Date (Orion), starring Ethan Hawke and Terri Polo, Ed and His Dead Mother, starring Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty. He also directed an array of TV productions including 21 Jump Street, with Johnny Depp, Sirens and Going To Extremes. Prior to his career as a director, Wacks served as Vice President of Production at the Samuel Goldwyn Company. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Independent Feature Project/West (IFP/West), the largest organization of independent filmmakers in America, and has served on the selection committee of the Writers’ Program at the Sundance Institute. His work has been seen at numerous international film festivals including Sundance, Montreal, Tokyo, Florence, London, Leipzig, Leeds, Cape Town, Deauville, New York, Munich, and Berlin. Wacks has written several screenplays including, Recoil based on the Jim Thompson novel, No Cure for Love, Another Year in Africa, Coldsleep Lullaby, and Stuck. He served as Chair of the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, Head of the Film Department at the Vancouver Film School in British Columbia and Chair of the Moving Image Arts Department at the College of Santa Fe. He was also Director of Garson Studios in Santa Fe. Wacks holds a BA (Hons.) from the University of Essex (UK) and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival and Janus Films and Handmade Films 

Invites you to attend the Santa Fe New Mexico during Indian Market week

30th Anniversary Premiere of

Powwow Highway

The Contemporary Feature Film that Changed the Native Narrative Forever 

To benefit Red Nation Celebration Institute

Thursday,  August 15th

Red is Green Carpet arrivals 6:00pm

Opening intro with American Indian Drum Blessing

Screening at 7:00

Panel at 9:00 in person Director Jonathan Wacks

A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Gary Farmer and Amanda Wyss

At the Violet Crown 

1606 Alcaldesa St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 

Tickets are now available!  

RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival  ON THE ROAD

**Natives in Charge of Their Narrative** PRESS CONFERENCE  Wednesday, August 14th at La Fonda 

#RNIFFsantafe Full Schedule of Events Other Events during Indian Market week.

LOCATIONS! La Fonda on the Plaza, Violet Crown, Hotel Santa Fe
Wednesday, August 14, Thursday, August 15 and Saturday, August 17th. 

One of the most prestigious and popular events held during Santa Fe Indian Market is RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema, now in its 24th season, is a fundraiser for Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI),  founded in Santa Fe during Indian Market in 1995. All proceeds goes towards RNCI Year-round programs supporting Indigenous Filmmakers, Native Youth, and women. RNCI organization launched the Contemporary American Indian music scene during Indian market in 1995, produced the first Native Film Festival during Indian market, produced the first Red Carpet Gala during Indian Market, produced the music scene on the Plaza during Indian Market.  All events take place between August 14 – 17, includes Press Conference, Film Program, The Writers Room Masterclass, and Native Women in FILM #WhyWeWearRED .



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