Imagining the Indian

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November 15, 2020
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Imagining the Indian examines the ongoing movement that is ending the use of Native American names, logos, and mascots in the world of sports and beyond. The film is a comprehensive exploration of the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive. The film takes a deep dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight.

This work-in-progress cut will give the viewer a sense of what the feature-length film, scheduled for release in 2021, will cover. A panel discussion will follow the screening.

This screening is presented by the Sacramento Jewish Film Festival, The Ciesla Foundation, and PBS KVIE.

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Imagining The Indian OVEE event

60 minutes


  • Holly Healy

    Holly Healy is the Community Engagement & Events Project Manager at PBS KVIE. She is responsible for managing station events and maintaining and building relationships with community members.

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    Richard Robey


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    Scott Syphax, Panel Moderator


    Scott Syphax is the Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and Host of PBS KVIE’s Studio Sacramento. Syphax is the CEO of Syphax Strategic Inc., a management advisory firm. Previously, Scott served as Chairman & CEO of The Nehemiah Companies.

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    Kevin Blackistone


    Kevin Blackistone is an award-winning national sports columnist at The Washington Post, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, and a contributor to NPR. He is also a professor at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism and co-author of A Gift for Ron, a memoir by former NFL star Everson Walls.

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    Marcos Bretón


    Marcos Bretón is the lead columnist for The Sacramento Bee and was previously a sports columnist for The Bee. Bretón is a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and is the author of two books on the legacy of Latino players in the major leagues. He was featured prominently in the The Tenth Inning, the 2010 PBS documentary co-directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

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    Aviva Kempner


    Aviva Kempner has been making films about under-known Jewish heroes for over 40 years. She made the award-winning documentaries, The Spy Behind Home Plate, Rosenwald, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, the Peabody winner The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, and Partisans of Vilna. She is currently co-directing and co-producing Imagining the Indian. Kempner is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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    James Kinter


    James Kinter is the Tribal Secretary of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. He has taught Patwin history at the Yocha Dehe Academy and served as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. He also leads the Tribe’s public safety and agricultural initiatives. The Yocha Dehe Fire Department is the nation’s only tribal fire department to earn international accreditation, and the Tribe’s Séka Hills brand features varietal wines, olive oils, nuts, honey, and beef products

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    Ben West


    Ben West (Cheyenne) is a producer and co-director of Imagining the Indian. In addition to his work in film and television, he is passionate about Native American issues. West was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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