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New public service announcement for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council premiers in Super Bowl XLV across Alaska on Sunday 6 Feb.

Cinematographer/editor: Diana Wilmar, super-designer Greg Kupiec of The Ether, composer Kurt Felhun, “Voice of the Yukon” Princess Lucaj, Producer/director Karin Williams.

We’re headed to historic Nevada City in California’s Gold Country for the Wild & Scenic Festival, the biggest and best environmental film festival in the nation.

Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

We Live by the River
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nevada City CA
14-16 Jan 2011
Vets Hall, Sat afternoon
Vets Hall, Sun morning
Filmmaker Karin Williams in person.

We Live by the River screens at the Native Spirit Festival in London on Thurs Oct 21 8:45pm at Amnesty International HRAC.

The 4th Native Spirit Festival is an annual season of films, talks and performances promoting the cultures of indigenous peoples.

We Live by the River
Native Spirit Festival
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

We Live by the River screens at the Planet in Focus International Film & Video Festival in Toronto on Sat 16 October.

Planet in Focus is Canada’s largest and longest running environmental media arts film festival. The screening is co-presented with imagineNATIVE, celebrating works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.

The 2010 Festival runs October 13-17 across the City of Toronto, screening 100+ films about social justice, energy, health, water, food and species conservation.

We Live by the River
Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film & Video Festival
Saturday, October 16, 5:45pm
Al Green Theatre at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

The Healing Journey on the Andreafsky River in Alaska

Multinesia is honored to be screening We Live by the River at the 2010 National Geographic All Roads Film Festival in Washington D.C. on October 3rd.

The National Geographic All Roads Film Project supports and showcases breakthrough film and photography from indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures around the globe.

This year’s program includes:

  • Samson & Delilah, Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed drama about love in an Australian aboriginal community; winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes
  • Oscar nominee Taika Waititi’s Boy, a coming-of-age drama set in a rural Maori community in the 1980s; winner at Sundance and Berlin
  • Canadian director Neil Diamond’s  Reel Injun, deconstructing Hollywood stereotypes of Native Americans
  • Desert Flower, biography of supermodel turned human rights activist Waris Dirie
  • CBQM, portrait of a native radio station in the Arctic.

We Live by the River screens with three short films:

  • The Forgotten Place —An engaging set of visual images creates a metaphor for the cycle of life.
  • Tribal Journeys of the Pacific Northwest —An amazing annual gathering that honors the ancestral modes of travel and commerce culminates in powerful song and ceremony.
  • The Cave —A woman accidentally travels to a mystical, fantasy otherworld.

This year’s event features a special tribute to pioneering Maori filmmaker Merata Mita, a founding All Roads advisor, who passed away this year.

We Live by the River
National Geographic All Roads Film Festival
3:30 pm
Sat 3 Oct
1600 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Skin Stories on PBS World

Skin Stories airs on PBS World channel and is featured on PBS World Compass.

Skin Stories features indigenous Pacific Islands tattoo practitioners from Samoa, Hawai’i and Aotearoa (New Zealand). The film premiered on national PBS prime time in 2003 and is the centerpiece of World Compass’s July theme The Skin You’re In.’s web and television platforms offer curated non-fiction content. Organized around themes, the site showcases documentaries, short videos, video blogs, podcasts, audio slideshows, stories of the day, works-in-progress and other innovative content.

World TV is a 24-hour digital PBS channel featuring news/current events, science, investigative reports, history, nature, environment, social documentaries and programming supporting the website’s themes. Skin Stories screens July 24 alongside Nova and Faces of America.

Skin Stories was created by Karin Williams, who produced and directed stories in Samoa and Los Angeles. It was directed by Emiko Omori and produced by Lisa Altieri with cinematography by Diana Wilmar. Executive Producer: Pacific Islanders in Communications.

Skin Stories
PBS World
Sat. 24 July
9:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 9:00 PM EDT

Lake Laberge, Yukon Territory, Canada

We Live By The River is an official selection of the 2010 National Geographic All Roads Film Festival.

The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience.

The film documents the birth and growth of a grassroots environmental justice movement in the Yukon River watershed in Canada and Alaska, where 70+  indigenous governments formed an international treaty to protect and preserve their homelands for future generations.

We Live By The River
National Geographic All Roads Film Festival
Washington DC
Sept 28 – Oct 3

The Healing Journey begins at Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada.

We Live By The River wins a Denali Award at the 2010 Alaska International Film Festival.

The film documents the birth and growth of a grassroots tribal environmental justice movement in the Yukon River basin in Alaska and Canada. The project was shot over more than a decade from 1997 to 2009. The film is directed by Karin Williams, shot by Diana Wilmar and narrated by Princess Lucaj.

The Alaska International Film Festival is an independent film competition that aims to recognize the best and brightest new work in international cinema and highlight Alaska’s important role in the international film community.

Healing Journey on the Andreafsky River, Alaska

We Live By The River premiers at DocuWest film festival in Golden, Colorado on June 26.

The film documents the birth and growth of a powerful grassroots tribal environmental justice movement in the northern wilderness of Canada and Alaska, shot over more than a decade.

When their wildlife, waters and lands were contaminated by military, mining and municipal waste, indigenous nations of the Yukon River basin joined forces to protect and heal their watershed. Exercising stewardship over their own lands, they proved that even tiny, remote communities can work together to create fundamental change.

DocuWest explores the world of people, politics, societies, history and ourselves through the lens of filmmakers from around the globe. The second annual event takes place in Golden, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Karin Williams produced and directed, with narration by Princess Lucaj (Gwich’in Athabascan).

3pm Sat June 26
Golden Hotel
800 11th Street Golden CO 80401

In a boldly original spin on the vampire genre, the short film Spout enters the absurdly comic world of a motherless boy and his grandmother, who become unlikely serial killers in a quest to eliminate his father’s girlfriends.

Spout screens at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Saturday May 1 at 10pm.

The film was directed by Chamorro filmmaker Alex Muñoz, who deliberately cast people of color in key roles as a German family determined to assimilate into American culture in the early sixties. Spout film stars renowned actress Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors) as Oma, and introduces Tristan Bice-Bey as her grandson Bobby.

The story is by Laurence A. Rickels, the “Vampire Professor”, merging his vampirism expertise with childhood experience. It was produced by filmmakers of Pacific Islander heritage: Alex, Rena, Hawai’i-based James Sereno and Karin Williams (Cook Islands/Aotearoa).