A while ago we hinted that BES Films was putting together a special narrative short film with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. That project was focused around a journey into the everglades and the story of a tribe Matriarch, “Reneé” and how she uses the history and culture of the Miccosukee tribe to instill in the youngest generation the necessary knowledge to further the culture and legacy of this great tribal nation. The story, focused on Everglades preservation and cultural advancement, was paired alongside of a Miccosukee Fashion show depicting original patchwork clothing by Reneé Manyari, the designer and main character in our story; thus becoming a multi-media experience for those in attendance.
The tribe and us at BES have been very quiet since the initial screening of the film at that public event, and have only recently released some information and images from the film. We’re happy to announce now, that thanks to the film’s producer Mr. Houston Cypress, the film “Kahayatle: A Journey of Everglades Restoration” is currently making its festival run throughout several festivals both in the US and Canada. Of these are included the imagiNATIVE film and media arts festival in Toronto, and SWAIA the Santa Fe Indian Market which sets the precedent for all contemporary Native American art today.
We’re really quite excited about the prospect of our local Native American brothers of the Miccosukee tribe sharing their vision and stories with other Tribes around North America, and even more excited they chose us to help them bring those stories to life. We look forward to hearing back from all the festivals and even visiting a few to see the live screenings of our beautiful “Kahayatle”; our first official narrative release since we launched in 2012.