BIG RAFFLE NEWS FOR TONIGHT’s SALON…
OK, Nebraskans…especially those from Omaha: do you know where the word “OMAHA” comes from? It’s from the Native American tribe, the Omaha. Omaha means “to go against the current” and the tribe was given this name because they went upriver and migrated to what became the Nebraska Territory. Our guest at the October Salon is a Nebraska filmmaker who has made an important film about the Omaha tribe, and how their ancient language is quickly dying out.
Brigitte Timmerman is Vice President of the Nebraska Film Association. She advocates for a positive film environment in the state of Nebraska. She was also a member of Chicago Filmmakers Coop where she was instructed and influenced by many talented award-winning filmmakers.
Her latest feature length documentary UmoNhoN Iye The Omaha Speaking is about the handful of fluent speakers that remain of the tribe and educators’ dedicated efforts to revive their language. Academy Award winning editor Scott Conrad (ROCKY) recognized the importance of this project and worked closely with Brigitte to bring the film to life. Native American actor and activist Tatanka Means (THE SON, TIGER EYES) narrates with a native voice in keeping with the integrity of the film.
So far UmoNhoN Iye has been the official selection in the Red Nation Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival and this weekend at The Awareness Film Festival. Brigitte’s recent short documentary “Sandhills Cowboy” is about a working cowboy and poet who runs a ranch in Cody, Nebraska. She is one of five children from a cattle ranching family. She currently lives in Omaha.
We’ll show excerpts from the film and you’ll have the chance to hear from Brigitte how she found this incredible story and made the documentary by gaining the trust of many native elders (many of whom have passed since the film began). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet her and see some of her special film.
About the film UmoNhoN Iye The Omaha Speaking:
Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.