Student Made Films

RedBird Saves the Corn
Traditional Navajo Spider Woman story retold through Lightbox Animation by STAR School students Larissa Luther, Taylor Long, Makyla Allison. Story learned through the Voices Native Literature program, "Zinnia: How the Corn was Saved" by Patricia Hruby Powell. Demonstration of integration of Native Literature, Literacy, and Place-Based Media Arts under the direction of Instructor Rachel Tso. Youth Mentors Camille Manybeads Tso and Kira Butler. This film is an official selection of: The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles The American Indian film Festival in San Francisco The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show and NAU Native American and Indigenous Film Series.  This film was also featured in the documentary "Valdagno, Arizona" and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival in Italy.  This film was made for educational purposes only.


Doo'ko'osliid
Dine' youth explore their, and their community's, relationship with Doo'ko'osliid, the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona. Film made by Dine' youth during the Peace and Film 5 Day Peer Leadership Summer Camp. An example of Place-Based Media Arts. This film is an official selection of: The American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, Link TV's Culture Unplugged Film Festival, The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, The Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show.  This film was also featured in the documentary "Valdagno, Arizona" and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival in Italy.  This film was made for educational purposes only.



Ta'Chéé
STAR School 8th grader William John explores the traditional meaning and reasons for the Ta'Chéé (sweatlodge) ceremony. An Example of Place-Based Media Arts, Directed by William John, Assistant Director Tevin Todacheenie, Mentored by Camille Manybeads Tso and Keanu Jones, Under the Direction of Rachel Tso. This film is an official selection of: Link TV's Culture Unplugged: Spirit Enlightened Film Festival, The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show.  This film was made for educational purposes only.


STAR Peacemaking
An Educational Documentary in which STAR (Service To All Relations) School Students and Staff Demonstrate how Navajo Peacemaking is Taught and Implemented to Create a Compassionate and Responsive School Environment. Made by STAR School Media 7th / 8th grade students Keanu Jones, Kira Butler, Taylor McCabe, and Kristen Jones under the direction of Ms. Rachel Tso. Based on "The Manual for Peacemaking" by Dr. Mark Sorensen and Thomas Walker Jr. This film is an official selection of: The Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show.  
This film was also featured in the documentary "Valdagno, Arizona" and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival in Italy.  
This film was made for educational purposes only.


STAR Energy
A student made documentary short about Solar and Wind Energy at the STAR School, the country's first off grid, solar / wind powered charter school in the country; located on the edge of the Southwestern Navajo Nation. Filmmaking by 7th/8th grade students, Kira Buter, Joshua Gregg, Donovan Warren, and Tyrail Smith under the direction of Rachel Tso integrating Place-Based Education with Media Literacy to demonstrate Place-Based Media Arts. Music by Kelly Hawthorne. This film is an official selection of: AZ Student Film Festival: Winner of 1st place in Middle School Microshort and the Grand Prize for the Middle School Age Division The Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, CO The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show.  
This film was also featured in the documentary "Valdagno, Arizona" and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival in Italy.  This film was made for educational purposes only.


Nitsidigo'i'
STAR School Kindergarten class visits their teacher's cornfield to learn how to make Nitsidigo'i', Kneel Down Bread, a traditional Dine' Heritage Food. Filmmaking by 7th / 8th grade students, Kira Butler, Joshua Gregg, and Keanu Jones under the direction of Rachel Tso integrating Place-Based Education with Media Literacy 
to demonstrate Place-Based Media Arts. Music by Radmilla Cody. This film is an official selection of: AZ Student Film Festival - Winner of Grand Prize Grades 6 - 8 and 1st place Grades 6-8 Microshort. Link TV's Culture Unplugged Film Festival, The Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, Cine Las Americas, Austin,  The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, and shown as a part of the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show.  
This film was also featured in the documentary "Valdagno, Arizona" and screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival in Italy.  This film was made for educational purposes only.

Route 13
A young Dine' man picks up a beautiful hitchhiker. Written by STAR Middle School students based on a local ghost story; all content is fictional, any similarities to real people or events is purely coincidental.   This Short Film was Created By STAR Media Arts Students, Taylor Long, Cedric John, Larissa Luther, and Makyla Allison, with Film Instructor Rachel Tso. Music by Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike, and additional music by R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Will Clipman.  This film was made for educational purposes only.

Texting PSA
STAR School Students, 7th Grader Miranda Rodriguez, 5th Grader Missy Mae Stos, and 6th Grader Kendra David, created this Public Service Announcement about Texting and Driving.  Film Instructor Rachel Tso.  This film was made for educational purposes only.
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