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UPCOMING: Monday-Tuesday, November 13-14, 2017
Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone)
Filmmaker, Activist, Founder: Digital Smoke Signals
Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
RECEPTION / SCREENING / Q&A: Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Sun Devil Marketplace, 660 S. College Avenue, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85281
RECEPTION / SCREENING / Q&A: Nov. 14, 6 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto), Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free of charge and open to the public.
Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone) is from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band (Trout Eaters) on his father’s side and Bishop Paiute Tribe on his mother’s side. Dewey is founder and owner of Digital Smoke Signals, a social media and film company. He holds AA and BS degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University and an MA from the University of Kansas.
With Josh Fox and James Spione, Dewey co-directed the documentary film Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, which chronicles the #NoDAPL peaceful protests on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, the film has been called “powerful” by the Hollywood Reporter and “an evocative wake-up call told as a visual poem” by IndieWire. Awake does not follow a single protagonist but instead forms a “pastiche” of narrative, mostly indigenous, voices. Dewey’s drone footage adds both immediacy and perspective, making him “one of the most closely followed journalists to come out of the movement” (IndieWire). For Dewey’s work, Awake won the Special Founders Prize for Citizen Journalism at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, which was founded by legendary documentarian Michael Moore.
Photo courtesy Myron Dewey
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