Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tribute to Floyd Westerman, San Francisco 2008

“Remembering Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1936-2007)” Music’s Finest Come out to Pay Tribute

San Francisco, CA – The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) proudly announce a special film and music tribute “Remembering Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1936-2007)” presented November 13 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Westerman was an accomplished singer/songwriter whose 1969 debut album“Custer Died for Your Sins” earned critical acclaim. He also was a human rights activist who performed with Sting in the rainforest benefits; and actor receiving world-wide attention and acclaim as “Ten Bears” in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves. His film and television credits include Swing Vote, Grey Owl, Hidalgo, Walker Texas Ranger, X- Files, Murder She Wrote, Northern Exposure and Dharma & Greg.

The music tribute will be directed by Indian songwriter/performer Keith Secola and hosted by comic Charlie Hill and Max Gail. Preceding the tribute will be the World Premiere of documentary feature “Coloring the Media” directed by Carlisle Antonio. The film explores what it means to be Indian in the new millennium while dealing with established prejudices by mainstream media and include exclusive interviews with the late Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Robert Redford and John Trudell.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman Music Tribute:
Keith Secola: Dubbed by critics both the "Neil Young of the Native rock world" and the "Native Bruce Springsteen", Keith Secola has in many people's viewpoints achieved legendary status for his NDN Kars ("Indian Cars"), a popular song that is frequently considered a Native American anthem. Secola has released five well-received independent CDs since the early 1990s, and he has garnered three Native American Music Awards.

Charlie Hill: He has been a stand-up comic for over 30 years. He spent the early part of his life in Detroit before his father moved the family back to Oneida, Wisconsin. Hill later attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied theatre and acting, honing in on his comedic skills which manifested themselves in political activism on campus. In his own words: Much of my humor focuses on my experiences as a Native American performer in the national spotlight, but my stories and observations cross cultural lines to lighten and enlighten audiences everywhere; they are the ones who view laughter as a healing tool.

Max Gail: Max Gail, known to many as "Wojo" from the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series "Barney Miller," has worked in films, TV and theater over many years.Gail starred in a one-man play about Babe Ruth on Broadway which was taped and shown on PBS. He runs his own production company, Full Circle, which has produced documentaries on such topics as Agent Orange, nuclear power, and Native American issues. He has even recorded an album of songs and currently has a book of poetry in the works.

John Densmore: An original and founding member of the musical group The Doors, John co-produced and wrote eight gold albums and toured the United States, Europe, and Japan. His autobiography, Riders on the Storm, was on the New York Times bestseller list in 1991 and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. He is currently collaborating with other musicians and playing with the group Tribaljazz.

Micki Free: Micki has spawned countless hits with the legendary super group Shalamar, and included a career that would rival many in entertainment business history; Three-Time Grammy Nominee, Grammy Winner, Grammy Board of Governor candidate, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist and Five-Time Native American Music Award Winner.

Pete Sears: Pete Sears career has spanned more than four decades: he has been a member of many bands and has moved through a variety of musical genres, from early R&B, psychedelic improvisational rock of the 1960s, folk, country music, arena rock in the 1970s, and blues. He usually plays bass, keyboards, or both in bands. Sears is well known for his time spent with Jefferson Starship from 1974 to 1987.

Jennifer Kreisberg: Mother, Singer, Composer, Producer, Teacher, and Activist - Jennifer (Tuscarora, North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through the maternal line, and has been singing since she was young. She is known for her fierce vocals and soaring range. Her lilting, breath-taking harmonies will delight your ears. Jennifer has been singing with the critically acclaimed Native women’s Trio ULALI since she was seventeen. Her voice has perfectly woven the high strand of Ulali's renowned harmony with incomparable skill, and grace for over seventeen years, helping to create a new sound in Indian Country. Adding to the group, her sharp wit and stage presence infused Ulali’s shows with strong vocals, humor and camaraderie with the audience.

Chad Watson: a Missouri native who began learning the bass from his father and continued to study at the Music Conservatory of the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He extensive career in the music business spans four decades during which he has performed with and produced a wide variety of artists, including the Charlie Rich ensemble, the Janis Ian trio, Freddy Fender, and New Age pioneer, David Arkenstone.

Jeremy Goodfeather: is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter who plays a dynamic acoustic set of original, heartfelt music with a simple, straightforward vibe. He pulls from a wide range of influences and styles to create an organic sound that can be rock, blues, reggae, funk, jazz, country or anything else that it takes to tell a story with music. Jeremy was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Native Arts Commission in May 2008.
For more information please visit our website
Cindy Benitez
Public Relations
American Indian Film Institute
333 Valencia Street, Suite 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: 415-554-0542

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