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Power Lines Updates!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates, we’ve been trying to keep screenings and other related news updated on our FB page. Since we’ve last posted Power Lines received the honor of “Best Picture” at the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles. Kayla Dailey, who plays Selma in the film, picked up the award for “Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role” too!

We’ll be screening the film at the Durango Independent Film Festival this weekend (info below) and we’ll also be attending the 9th annual Viola Awards, where Power Lines is nominated for “Excellence in Storytelling.”

Stay tuned for news regarding the DVD release!

12th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival
March 1-5
Showing as part of the Native Cinema #1 Program
Friday, March 03 – 1:00PM – Gaslight 2
Saturday, March 04 – 5:30PM – Stadium 9
www.durangofilm.org/wp/2017-film-schedule/
Special screening: Ignacio High School on Feb 28th, 5:30pm
The 9th Annual Viola Awards
(This is not a screening & they are not offering cast members tickets :/, but quite a recognition for the overall film!)
March 4
Nominated for “Excellence in Storytelling”
Klee Benally – “Power Lines” (film)
www.flagartscouncil.org/viola-awards/overview/

 

 

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American Indian Film Festival 41 – Official Selection & Nomination

American Indian Film Festival 41
November 4-11 in San Francisco.
www.aifisf.com
Power Lines screening: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
12:00pm 4:00pm
AMC Van Ness 14 1000 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA
www.aifisf.com/film-schedule2016/2015/11/10/program-8

Kayla Dailey is nominated for “Best Supporting Actress”!
www.aifisf.com/nominees

Power Lines is a coming of age story about a young Diné (Navajo) poet who runs away and finds home.
Halee (Nezbahe Williams)is a 16 year old Diné relocation refugee who uses poetry to escape from her painful past and present.
When Halee’s abusive father crosses a line, her best friend Selma (Kayla Reid Dailey) helps her runaway.
Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever.
Website: www.powerlinesmovie.com
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgx_hyi9Tr8

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Press Release: Independent Film ‘Power Lines’ Premieres May 21 in Flagstaff, AZ

Powerlines: A Diné Relocation Refugee Coming of Age Story

Powerlines-still1FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Independent feature film Power Lines will premiere Saturday, May 21 in Flagstaff, AZ at the Orpheum Theatre located at 15 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff, Arizona. Written and directed by Klee Benally, Power Lines is a coming of age story about a young Diné (Navajo) poet who runs away and finds home.

power-lines-poster-FLGThe premiere screening starts at 7:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with cast and crew members as well as a panel discussion on current impacts of coal mining and forced relocation. Poetry and music will also be shared by Sage Bond and slam champion Rowie Shebala.
Tickets for the event are $11 and can be purchased at the door or online at: www.orpheumflagstaff.com. A portion of the proceeds from the screenings will go directly to Black Mesa families impacted by recent livestock confiscations.

Halee (Nezbahe Ragdoll) is a 16 year old Diné relocation refugee who uses poetry to escape from her painful past and present. When Halee’s abusive father (Tony Skrelunas) crosses a line, her best friend Selma (Kayla Dailey) helps her runaway. Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever.

Power Lines is written, directed, edited, and scored by Klee Benally and filmed with the talents of Outta Your Backpack Media (OYBM) mentors Shelby Ray, Steven Toya esq., Hillary Abe, and Keemara Bahe. OYBM is a Flagstaff based non-profit that offers free filmmaking workshops to Indigenous youth. The film features local Flagstaff actors Nezbahe Ragdoll, Kayla Daily, Tony Skrelunas, Belinda Ayze, Sam Minkler and poetry from by Rowie Shebala and Layla June Johnston.
Power Lines was filmed partially in Las Vegas and throughout Northern Arizona on a limited budget that was completely crowd-funded.

“The social impacts of forced relocation at Black Mesa on the Diné Nation have not been addressed in a feature dramatic narrative before.” states filmmaker Klee Benally, “I wanted to share a fictional story that focused on social and cultural impacts that are often ignored.”

Benally has produced documentaries including the award winning feature, “The Snowbowl Effect” which addressed ski area desecration of the San Francisco Peaks, which are held sacred by more than 13 Indigenous Nations. Power Lines is his first feature narrative.

“Working in narrative fiction is liberating but also an incredible challenge.” states Benally, “Our production team worked hard to to apply a mix of media justice with the rawness of punk rock and a strong independent Do It Yourself ethic. This story and filmmaking process is at once a collective and political journey, and I hope that comes across in an entertaining, challenging, and activating way.”

More info & trailer: www.powerlinesmovie.com

*****

Production Company: Indigenous Action Media, Outta Your Backpack Media
Cast: Nezbahe Ragdoll, Kayla Daily, Tony Skrelunas, Belinda Ayze, Sam Minkler

Director-Screenwriter, Editor, Music: Klee Benally

Executive Producers: Princess Benally, Crystal Zevon

Cinematography: Shelby Ray, Hillary Abe, Steven Toya, esq., Klee Benally, Taylor Hall

Sound recordist: Steven Toya, esq.

Production Assistant, Set Design, Catering: Roland Begay

No rating, 75 minutes (Parents please be advised that there is explicit language)

*****

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Power Lines Movie Update May 4, 2015

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Casting Call

 

www.powerlinesmovie.com/casting/

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Ahé’ hee! Thank you for supporting our crowdfunding campaign!

Thank you for supporting our indiegogo.com crowdfunding campaign!
Although our indiegogo page does not reflect it, we did reach our goal with the additional offline contributions that were made!
For those of ya’ll who contributed and selected perks, they will be delivered either by January or February (depending on the perk).

If you are just hearing about the film and missed out on the crowdfunding campaign, you can still support the film in other ways.
Of course, donations are always welcome! If you’d like to make a contribution, please email me at indigenousaction[at]gmail.com.
Stay up to date with our production progress at: www.powerlinesmovie.com.

Now we get into the awesome  & fun part of filmmaking! We’ve already been in the pre-production process but we haven’t cast actors yet. Please stay tuned for updates about casting for the film on our site or on twitter: @eelk.

With gratitude,

Klee Benally
Power Lines – Writer & Director

 

 

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Power Lines Film Crowdfunding Campaign 7 days left!

7 days left! Spread the word, contribute, support! Every amount helps make this film a reality! Ahé’ hee’!

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A bit about me and background of the story

I was born into the midst of a political land conflict created by corporate interests to access coal beneath my family’s homelands on Black Mesa, AZ.
In 1974 U.S. Congress passed PL93-531, also known as the “Relocation Act,” forcing more than 20,000 Diné (Navajo) from our homelands.

For 20 years I toured internationally with the award winning band Blackfire, a political punk-rock group that I founded with my brother and sister.
We started Blackfire as a creative means to transform our own anger that came from witnessing our family being torn apart by forced relocation. We used music as a tool for social change. I see this film as an extension of that work.

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