yupiit: eye of both worlds
In the remote village of Toksook Bay, Alaska, local singer/songwriter Byron Nicholai engages a new generation of Yupik natives using rap and beatboxing. Retelling traditional stories through newer forms, he is helping young people forge a stronger connection to their cultural heritage and values, including music and dance, subsistence hunting and fishing, and protection of the environment. These life-sustaining lessons long passed down by the elders of the village, are now passed down by Nicholai, as well, in startlingly beautiful and modern ways.
Filmmaker Stephanie Alton offers a breath-taking visual expression of these messages and stories, and reveals an intimate look into village life in remote Alaska, where tradition and modernity exist side by side. It is often this conflict of traditional ways and the modernity of the outside world that brings emotional conflict into the lives of many young who are struggling with hopelessness, and often take their own lives. Nicholai’s music also addresses these problems of coping with such societal conflicts, using his inner wisdom and personal experiences to help the members of his audience through those troubling and emotional years.
Byron Nicholai, despite his youth, is wise beyond his years, and has in many ways, been an ambassador for his people, entertaining and meeting a number of leaders around the world. However, it is the modern means of communication that has introduced Byron to the world at large and to his avid fan base. It is via the Internet that he has become a superstar to those that have devotedly followed and look up to him during these times of change.
ridin’ for the brand
Ridin’ for the Brand is a Montana story that journals a year in the life and times of three old-time Montana ranching families. Originally coming to the Big Timber area during the early Texas cattle drives over a century ago, these families are struggling to maintain the only life they know and love.
Over the past couple of generations, an ever-changing and growing America presents new and challenging environmental and economic issues, making it near impossible for smaller ranching and agriculture operations to remain sound and viable. To make matters worse, the majority of consumers are out of touch with the origins of the food they consume and the inherent problems this poses for society at large. Ridin’for the Brand explores both the hardships and the joys of traditional concerns and issues impacting our future as consumers.
“Raven’s Flight ” is a film with images of haunting mystery and imposing beauty which demonstrates the spiritual ties between people and their environment. It shows how the Alaskan Native people embody their understanding of this relationship with nature through their art and storytelling. The film transmits the very essence of what it means to be a single being in a much greater whole, an understanding that has been passed on from generation to generation.
dink Inc. real estate spot
This is a real-estate spot to sell a building in Livingston, MT.
jackie hudd’s successful kickstarter spot
Laundry for Strangers – Art book for the truly adventurous! An art record of a courageous woman prevailing over a slow internal combustion that bursts into flames and threatens to destroy her.
A portion of proceeds go to a non-profit charity.