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Friday Block 1 incl. Boy Nomad
EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival 2019
Friday, Mar 15, 2019 9:00 AM
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Admission Adult - $10.00

 
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Boy Nomad (21:00)
Finalist: Best Global Film

Fast Horse (Indian Relay Racing - 13:28) – Special Screening

Their Last Ride (44:00) - Finalist: Best Documentary Feature; Finalist: Best Trailer; Finalist: Most Inspirational; Finalist: Best Film Representing the Spirit of the Horse in Native American Culture

A "Trail Of Tears" direct descendant Cherokee woman's personal journey that informs & reflects into the world of horse slaughter. Bringing awareness to the issues affecting horses, both Wild & Domestic, and connects people to the spirit of the Horse through multicultural participation and co-creation through all the ARTS.

The Last Ride (4:38) - Finalist: Best Music Video; Best Music Video Representing the Spirit of the Horse in Native
American Culture

Ride It Out (5:27) - Finalist: Best Music Video; Finalist: Best Storyline in a Music Video; Finalist: Most Inspirational Music
Video

Special Presentation - Mathew Black Eagle Man and Lynny Prince
Background: Matthew Cordes was born Kevin Prince on Long Plain First Nation Indian reserve in Manitoba, Canada. He was adopted away from his people at the age of nine after spending three years in 33 foster homes. He was raised in Seymour, Indiana. Though a registered tribal member at birth, he was not aware of his status as a tribal member until his late teens. He is here today to tell the story of his survival. His experiences led him and his wife, Lynny Prince, to found Red Road Awareness, a non-profit organization that shares indigenous culture and history with our area youth. Through their Traveling Tipi Village, Matthew speaks at schools, churches, powwows, and scout groups, encouraging today’s youth through Native teachings.

Dakota 38+2:
We cannot tell the story of Matthew's involvement with the Dakota 38+2 ride without including his wife Lynny. Everything that happened along their journey of discovering the ride seemed to happen simultaneously. He was made aware of the ride by his wife who stumbled upon the Dakota 38 documentary while seeking out relatives of the thirty-eight men who were hanged during the Great Sioux Uprising. She had been approached by a movie executive to option the rights for a film about her book, Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller, based on that horrific time in history. The main character in her novel is based on a man named Chaske, one of the thirty-eight men hanged. This would be a very important detail to them both later. Lynny knew she needed the blessing of all of those families before moving forward, and she also wanted to include as many as she could in the process of the film. Matthew knew he was Dakota, but had no idea how his life was tied to the families of the thirty-eight. They were about to find out. They set out on Christmas night in 2011 and drove all night. They reached the site of the last leg of the ride at Land of Memories Park around 9am Matthew was given a horse to ride named, guess what? Chaske! It was the first of many confirmations to come and it all tied back to horses. Lynny turned down the movie deal and moved forward with the film on her own after the company tried to change her story and "Hollywood-stereotype" the Dakota people. Matthew has ridden every year since and they have met many families along the way. He also discovered that he is a descendant of To Grow Upon, one of the thirty-eight men hanged. They are both pursuing the Ghostkiller film, which will include many of the Dakota families on the Dakota 38+2 ride. The ride has broken down many barriers over the years, and there are many communities that now come forward to support it. Healing the wounds are the goal, and while the tragedy will never be forgotten, the healing continues.

Matthew has ridden every year since and they have met many families along the way. He also discovered that he is a descendant of To Grow Upon, one of the thirty-eight men hanged. They are both pursuing the Ghostkiller film, which will include many of the Dakota families on the Dakota 38+2 ride. The ride has broken down many barriers over the years, and there are many communities that now come forward to support it. Healing the wounds are the goal, and while the tragedy will never be forgotten, the healing continues.