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Indigenous Film Festival and Prisoner Rights from a Native American Perspective Topic of Oct. 1 'Studio 12'

DENVER – (September 25, 2008) – Prisoner rights from a Native American perspective and a related film that will open the upcoming fifth annual Indigenous Film and Arts Festival will be discussed in Studio 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. on Channel 12. 

Studio 12 host Tamara Banks and her guests will discuss culture and identity and the film, “Making the River.” 

Program guests will include U.S. Attorney Troy Eid; Mark Tilden, attorney with the Native American Rights Fund; and Mervyn L. Tano, an attorney and the president of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, which organizes the annual film festival.

“Making the River” will open the film festival Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Davis Auditorium in Strum Hall at the University of Denver, 2200 E. Asbury.  Jimi Simmons, whose life story is portrayed in “Making the River,” will appear in a question and answer session after the film.  Native American Simmons spent his first 24 years as a ward of the state with less than six months in the free world, later was charged with first-degree murder and the film chronicles his quest for freedom.

The film festival, scheduled October 7-13, will include more than a dozen films from Native peoples around the world. In addition to films, attendees also will meet the filmmakers and engage in discussions with panelists at venues in Denver, Aurora and Longmont.

A tape of this Studio 12 program will be available via free video-on-demand October 3 KBDI’s website, www.kbdi.org.

Each week Studio 12 explores hot issues and fascinating topics with provocative and knowledgeable guests. Studio 12 is the only primetime television show in Colorado that encourages viewers at home to call in and join the discussion.

About KBDI

KBDI has set itself apart with carriage of an unparalleled amount of local public affairs programming. KBDI "community voice" programming engages viewers in community-based discussions of state, national and global issues. KBDI delivers three digital channels: its flagship KBDI broadcast station with a strong mix of local, national and international programming; The Documentary Channel, featuring the works of independent filmmakers; and MHz Worldview, a channel providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience.

About the Film Festival
For more information about the film festival, please visit www.iiirm.org

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