Vol. 6 No. 6 | Feb. 18, 2009


Student filmmaker focuses on culture

An anthropology student at NAU is using his insight on cultures to make movies.

Travis Holt Hamilton, senior anthropology major and film writer and director, is screening his second film, Blue Gap Boy'z, at Cline Library next week.

The family-friendly film will show at 5 and 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and 27 at Cline Library Assembly Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and are available at the door.

"I've dreamed of studying anthropology longer than I have dreamed of making films," Hamilton said. "It's fun to see them finally coming together."

After his first film, Turquoise Rose, a coming-of-age story about a Navajo girl caught between the modern and traditional world, Hamilton set out to make a second, more light-hearted film.

"A lot of serious dramas have come out to the reservations over the last few years," Hamilton said. "I wanted to make a movie that was fun and would help bring smiles back to people's faces."

The comedy revolves around three brothers from the Navajo Nation who travel to Phoenix to audition for a German music producer and try to win a trip to Europe.

Blue Gap Boy'z stars Navajo actors Ernest David Tsosie III, Beau Benally and Vincent Craig and was filmed entirely in Arizona, with scenes shot in Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation, Phoenix and Mesa.

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