Ray Halbritter, the Oneida Indian Nation Representative, CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises, and a trustee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Museum, has launched Standing Arrow Productions, a privately-funded, impartial movie and TV manufacturing firm geared toward rising the illustration and championing the narratives of Native American and Indigenous peoples on display screen. Halbritter has already optioned the primary e-book that he’ll adapt: “The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, A People, A Nation” by award-winning sports activities journalist and Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.
“Representation on the film display screen and all through widespread tradition is tremendously essential for marginalized communities, and particularly essential for younger individuals, to see pictures of themselves on display screen,” Halbritter informed Variety. “That’s the largest single consider my resolution to launch Standing Arrow Productions. Growing up, I by no means noticed anybody on display screen who appeared like me or mirrored my life expertise. The purpose of Standing Arrow Productions is to make entertaining motion pictures that reveal the complexity, challenges and sweetness of the Native expertise to world audiences.”
The e-book chronicles the true-life exploits of the Carlisle Indian School staff, which was probably the most progressive and profitable soccer program within the United States within the early twentieth century, usually beating higher recognized and financed Ivy League rivals and ruling the school gridiron in 1911 and 1912. Ultimately, in a contest wealthy with that means, the Carlisle Indian School soccer staff defeated the United States Military Academy West Point. The staff was led by Coach Glenn “Pop” Warner and its finest participant, Jim Thorpe, gained the 1912 Olympic Gold Medal in each the Pentathlon and Decathlon. The e-book explores the historical past of the staff, the racial and political bigotry confronted by the scholars that also resonate in the present day over a century later, in addition to the violent try to decimate a tradition and the delivery of a recreation that has thrilled Americans for a number of generations.
Halbritter will produce and information the challenge, which is at present out to writers. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Standing Arrow Productions by Andrew Herwitz, president of The Film Sales Company, who might be an government producer on the challenge.
“The significance of telling compelling tales about Native people who transcend easy stereotypes is strictly why I’m so enthusiastic to produce a movie based mostly on Sally Jenkins’ outstanding ‘The Real All Americans.’ Telling the story of Carlisle’s extraordinary Native American athletes and the staff’s historic contributions to American soccer is each a problem and an honor,” Halbritter added.
Halbritter and Jenkins first met at a Native American operate on the Carlisle college a number of years in the past. Halbritter was there speaking about his “Change the Mascot” grassroots marketing campaign to stress the Washington DC NFL staff to drop its now-former racist slur of a reputation. Jenkins was on the convention to speak in regards to the e-book, “The Real All Americans.” Wanting to share this story with a worldwide viewers, Halbritter checked on the e-book’s choice standing usually, and reached out to Jenkins when the choice grew to become out there a number of months in the past.
Native businessman Halbritter has spent his life working to enhance understanding of Native American points, Native American regulation, environmental justice and the injustices that his individuals have been subjected to by the federal government, leading to financial, social and cultural disparity. He believes within the efficiency of media in all its kinds to exert large energy over American tradition and attitudes and to promote change. Most lately, Halbritter government produced the Sundance Audience Award and Hot Docs-winning documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana. He serves on the boards of administrators of the Environmental Media Association, Harvard Native American Law Board and the American Revolution Center. Halbritter is a member of the Recording Academy, the National Congress of American Indians, and United South and Eastern Tribes.
Jenkins was named the nation’s high sports activities columnist by the Associated Press in 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2011. She can be the creator of 12 books, 4 of which have been New York Times bestsellers, most lately “Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective” with legendary Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt. Jenkins was among the many legion of sports activities reporters and columnists who went on the file to say they’d now not use the “R” phrase of their protection of the Washington DC NFL staff in consequence of Halbritter’s “Change the Mascot” motion.