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April 16, 2014



An evening with Steven Paul Judd: Film screenings, cultural mashups, dialogue

By Melisa Posey

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Join the American Ethnic Studies Student Association for an evening with the innovative Steven Paul Judd. He will be at K-State at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Hemisphere Room on the fifth floor of Hale Library.  

We will be screening two of his short films, "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco" and "Neil Discovers the Moon," and a full-length film that he co-wrote, "Shouting Secrets." In addition, we also will be looking at his unprecedented artwork of cultural mashups.   

Judd was inspired to write and direct film to offset the stereotypical portrayal of American Indians he saw as a child. Judd began his own production company, Restless Natives Motion Picture Production Company, and has produced several projects including the independent film, "American Indian Graffiti: This Life Thing," the short-film spoof "MAC v. PC with a Native Twist" for NBC/Universal and "Silent Thunder," a PBS documentary.

As a member of the Writers Guild of America, Judd has written many series and movie shorts, and was a semifinalist in NBC/Universal's Comedy Short Cuts Diversity Film Festival in 2007. His work has also been included in an installment at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In 2008, Judd was selected for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship Program with ABC/Disney.

In 2009, Judd was nominated as a Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma, where he spoke as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series. That year he also won the Creative Spirit Award and directed his award-winning screenplay, "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco."

In 2011, he directed the music video "The Storm," which won the American Indian Film Institute's Best Music Video award. "Shouting Secrets," is movie he co-wrote, premiered November 2011 in San Francisco and won Best Feature at American Indian Film Institute.

In 2012, two short films Judd directed, "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco" and "Neil Discovers the Moon" screened at the Tribeca Theater as part of their Summer Youth Screening Series. "Neil Discovers the Moon" also screened in April 2012 as part of the Animation Celebration at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

Born in Oklahoma, Judd is of the Kiowa and Choctaw Tribe. Judd is an alumni of Haskell Indian Nations University and attended Oklahoma University where he studied Communications and Native American Studies. In 2008, he was nominated Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma and was brought back in 2009 to give a lecture as part of the "Dr. T.W. Adams Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series." He currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

This event is free and open to the public.