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Katchia film coming to Madras

Filmed in Warm Springs


Filmmaker LaRonn KatchiaNative American filmmaker LaRonn Katchia, of Warm Springs, will hold a one-night showing of his short film “Awakening” at Madras Cinema 5 on March 1.

Katchia teamed up with Isaac Trimble to produce the movie. "Twilight" actor Solomon Trimble, the brother of Isaac Trimble, plays the main character in the movie, which was filmed on the Warm Springs Reservation.

The storyline involves a tribal teen in the backwoods of the Warm Springs Reservation, who is sent to a shaman by his grandmother in hopes of restoring his faith in his culture.

The shaman sends the young boy on a spiritual quest in order to face and defeat his modern self by becoming one with the environment around him. The boy is set to the ultimate test of survival, while overcoming his fears and defeating the violent force that opposes him, ultimately restoring his culture and faith.

Tickets are a donation of $8 at the door, for an audience limited to 135, who will be able to meet the cast and staff from 9:30-10:30 p.m., on March 1. Showtime is from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. For advance tickets, or more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/234286933418010.

The event will also feature recent music videos directed by Katchia and live performances by some of the musical artists.

“This event is meant to inspire attendees to pursue their dreams, as that of local high school graduate LaRonn Katchia,” said Jefferson Greene, who is helping with promotion.

Sponsorships and contributions are still being sought to help with the production of the event. Potential sponsors may contact organizers at 541-460-3004 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Katchia, 22, is a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and recently graduated from the Art Institute of Portland with a bachelor's degree in digital film and video.

He grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation and has lived there for 18 years, transitioning to Portland for school. His love and passion for film was sparked by the commonly mistreated portrayal of Native Americans in today’s Hollywood films.

“My mission is to change the Native stereotypes in film and get it right this time. The Native American perspective is what’s missing in Hollywood today and needs to be brought to light. There are too many untouched original stories waiting to be filmed and that need to be filmed by a Native American director,” Katchia said.




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