Holt Hamilton Productions plans Native talent database

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Holt Hamilton Productions, producers of a number of successful feature films including Turquoise Rose, Blue Gap Boy'z, Pete and Cleo and the upcoming film More Than Frybread, have just announced their plans to increase acting and crew opportunities for Native Americans.

On March 4-5 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Holt Hamilton Productions will be accepting all interested actors and crew personnel for their Native talent database. The database will be a web-based system that will be accessible from any online computer.

On Friday, March 4, applicants will be seen from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, March 5, applicants will be seen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"The ease of accessibility that this system will bring to the creative forces of the film industry by the click of their mouse will allow for greater opportunity for Native Americans, especially those in more remote locations, to get in front of those decision makers and display their talent," stated Producer Travis Hamilton.

Hamilton continued, "Producers and directors don't have the time or resources to hold 'Open Call' auditions at 110 chapter houses around the Navajo Reservation or other locations to find those five Native parts for their film. Instead, these producers go to a talent agency in Los Angeles, Phoenix, or whatever big city it may be, and they end up seeing the few, if any, Native actors that those agencies represent."

"This new Native Talent Database will revolutionize the process of connecting talent with producers. This system will have the ability to let the undiscovered and new talent blossom on the rez by tying them in to those creative forces who hand out the parts," Hamilton concluded.

The Navajo Nation Film Office also understands the power this will bring in giving more Natives a chance to get in front of directors and producers. "We have been trying for years to get something like this off the ground. Filmmakers from around the world come to our office looking for Native actors and crew for all kinds of projects. This will be a great resource to send them to prior to their arriving in Navajo." stated Media Production Specialist Lori Lee Sekayumptewa.

Sekayumptewa also went on to say, "Holt Hamilton Productions has been a positive force for our people for many years and we know this database will make many positive changes in the film industry on our reservation."

Any actor or crew member interested in signing up for this database should anticipate having their picture taken along with a 30 second introduction video of them recorded at the museum. The database is an online membership and there will be a $25 registration fee.

For additional information, contact Travis Hamilton by e-mail at info@hhprod.com.

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