Friday, September 23, 2011

Filmmakers visit TCC class, prepare for Tulsa Int. Film Festival

Filmmakers Harry Dawson and Meighan Maloney, left, led a discussion in Professor Phoebe Baker's (third from left) class on Thursday. Rachel Peweitt, far right, is one of about 50 students who participated in the discussion.
Students in Phoebe Baker's Developmental Psychology class had the chance to hear from professional filmmakers regarding their film which is being shown in the Tulsa International Film Festival today and Saturday. Harry Dawson and Meighan Maloney, of Dawson Media Group, spoke to students on Thursday about their documentary "Paskenta: Nomlaqa Boda" which tells the story of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.

They showed only clips during the discussion, but here is the synopsis from what I saw: The U.S. government terminated the tribe in 1959 even though tribal members were very much alive. The Nomlaki persisted for decades to regain their tribal status, and most importantly, preserve their culture and history. In 1994, the government once again recognized them as a tribe.

This is really a remarkable film for anyone interested in history. It is showing at 3:45 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency. And, bonus! Andy Freeman, chair of the tribe, will be at the screenings available for discussion along with Dawson and Maloney.

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