Film’s Producers Will Discuss Documentary with Potential Financial Supporters at G2E
Published September 23, 2015
WINNEBAGO, NEBRASKA – 7Gen Films — a division of Native-owned 7Gen, Inc. — has announced plans to produce a feature documentary film, R-SKINS, a scathing look at the denigration, commercialization, and cultural appropriation of the identity of an entire race of people: the original Americans.
Producers of the highly anticipated feature documentary film will be at the 2015 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas to discuss R-SKINS and meet with potential funders.
Maunka Morgan — CEO of 7Gen and a member of the Tribal Council of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska — said that it is far past time that these issues be tackled head-on in a mainstream way, and that R-SKINSwould give Native people the chance to tell their side of the story.
“Native mascots misappropriate Native culture,” Morgan said this week, “institutionalize racism within our educational system, lower the self-esteem of Native children, and actually dishonor Native veterans…because these mascots — often caricature of Native warriors — in no way accurately depict how Native people really honor our veterans.”
“R-SKINS will juxtapose the stereotypical imagery and mythology of Native people with the reality of who we are and what our place is in our country today: business owners and entrepreneurs who help drive the economy; doctors, lawyers, and professionals in every field; political leaders, first responders, and proud members of the armed forces; and coworkers, classmates, and neighbors in every corner of America.”
Arvina Martin, an R-SKINS producer and an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation who is also Stockbridge-Munsee, concurred.
“We are not mascots,” Martin said today, “and it does not honor Native people when sports fans or anyone else dresses up in costumes and pretends to ‘play Indian'”.
Martin said that R-SKINS is in the early stages of development and that the filmmakers plan to attend G2E to help build awareness and raise funds for the production. Martin added, “While at G2E, we look forward to meeting with representatives from Native businesses, organizations, and Tribal governments about how their involvement with this important project can make a meaningful difference around Indian Country and beyond.”
A Web site and video teaser can be found at www.rskinsmovie.com.Individuals, organizations, and others wishing to get involved with or help support the project can contact the filmmakers there or simply respond to this email.
G2E runs from September 29 – October 1 and will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.