WE WON BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD and WINONA LADUKE WON ECOHERO AWARD!!!
Dawn Smallman, the director of the Portland EcoFilm Festival came to the airport to pick up Winona, her mother the painter Betty LaDuke and myself. Dawn had a huge grin on her face as she walked up to us in the luggage area of the PDX Airport. “Your film sold-out this morning” was her greeting. We went straight from the airport to the Portland EcoFilm Festival which plays its official selections in a beautiful historic 1928 Hollywood Theater. As we drove up to the theater the marquee took me by surprise. The front of the theater has been restored and is majestic as the facade reaches to the sky with all these cavings and decorative curves. The large letters on the marquee said; PORTLAND ECOFILM: FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE. Wow. The Arizona International Film Festival also had the film’s title on the front of the theater marquee but the Hollywood Theater is so dang beautiful. Imagine the history that has happened there over the last century!
Screening indigenous values on a screen that was all built on stolen land is significant.