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Revisiting One of the Greatest Protests in Oscars History

Revisiting One of the Greatest Protests in Oscars History

One of the most controversial and memorable political moments in Oscars history occurred back in 1973, when Marlon Brando won the best-actor award for his performance in The Godfather. Instead of accepting his trophy, he used the moment as a form of protest. Brando enlisted Sacheen Littlefeather, an Indigenous (Apache and Yaqui) actor and activist, to appear on his behalf and to refuse his Oscar onstage—a bold move that shocked the 85 million viewers at home as well as the audience.

Aunt Jemima Has a New Name After 131 Years: The Pearl Milling Company

Aunt Jemima Has a New Name After 131 Years: The Pearl Milling Company

The change has been in the works since last June after the killing of George Floyd catalyzed widespread protests over racial injustice and a nationwide reckoning over symbols of the Old South and their meaning. Several large food companies came under fire for using racial stereotypes

What Winning Should Really Look Like for the Washington Football Team

While the Washington Football Team’s NFC East championship and team owner Dan Snyder’s decision to rename the franchise (though only after succumbing to political and investor pressure) are major victories in the fight for dismantling harmful stereotypes, the organization’s underlying sexist culture must still be addressed.

Aviva Kempner and Jessie Atkin discuss the underlying sexist culture in the Washington Football organization and the intersection of sexism and racism across our popular culture.

Dan Snyder promised transparency about his team’s work culture. Why are there still so many secrets?

“A FULL, unbiased investigation.” That is what Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder promised in July after The Post detailed the sexual harassment and verbal abuse that more than a dozen women said they experienced while working for the team. He hired a lawyer with a stellar reputation and said she would have free rein. That same lawyer is now being sued by team lawyers to prevent her from disclosing a confidential settlement that appears to involve troubling allegations about Mr. Snyder’s own behavior. So much for getting to the bottom of things. Let’s hope that the National Football League, which took control of the inquiry, will follow through and deliver on the promise of a full and fair investigation. Equally important is the question of what will it do if it finds wrongdoing.

Cleveland’s Baseball Team Will Drop Its Indians Team Name

Cleveland’s Baseball Team Will Drop Its Indians Team Name

After years of protests from fans and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their team name, moving away from a moniker that has long been criticized as racist, three people familiar with the decision said Sunday.

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Witness the films traction, as several news outlets, subject matter experts and concerned citizens voice their support.

What Winning Should Really Look Like for the Washington Football Team

While the Washington Football Team’s NFC East championship and team owner Dan Snyder’s decision to rename the franchise (though only after succumbing to political and investor pressure) are major victories in the fight for dismantling harmful stereotypes, the organization’s underlying sexist culture must still be addressed.

Aviva Kempner and Jessie Atkin discuss the underlying sexist culture in the Washington Football organization and the intersection of sexism and racism across our popular culture.

Imagining the Indian won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short!

Imagining the Indian won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short!

Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting was honored to be selected to participate in Film Pittsburgh’s Fall Festival 2020. The virtual festival, which ran November 11th-22nd, featured the newest addition to the Film Pittsburgh family, the Three Rivers Film Festival, along with the highly-regarded Pittsburgh Shorts. Our Work-In-Progress was screened as a part of the Pittsburgh Shorts program, and we are proud to announce that Imagining the Indian won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short! When we wrap production on the feature length film, we look forward to being a part of this wonderful festival again, and (fingers crossed!) winning Best Documentary Feature!
Racism in Native American Names & Mascots

Racism in Native American Names & Mascots

Studio Sacramento, of PBS KVIE, interviewed a panel, including our own Ben West (co-Director of Imagining the Indian) and Kevin Blackstone (Producer of Imagining the Indian) about the history and prevalence of Native American names and mascots in sports today. You can watch the full segment here.

ESPN – The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap

Kevin Blackistone, the co-producer of an upcoming film about the Washington Redskins and the push to change their name, explains why he has long been an opponent of the Redskins name.

Washington Should Avoid ‘Warriors’ or ‘Red Tails’ for New Team Name, ‘Imagining the Indian’ Directors Say

“I hope that it’s done responsibly. I think some of the names being kicked around right now are problematic, and anything including ‘Red’ in it, we need to start with a clean slate here, not try to hang onto any of the holdover from previous names and imagery,” West, a member of the Cheyenne nation, said of some of the popular options being floated around, such as Washington Warriors or Washington Red Tails. “In this case, the obvious problem is that if you replace the current name with that, aren’t all the same people in face paint playing Indian going to continue to do the same thing?”

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Director & Producer  |  View Bio

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Sam Bardley

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Kevin Blackistone

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