Dean Allyson Green invites you to join a special presentation of MURDER IN BIG HORN on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 6:30 PM. The screening will include episode one of the three-part Showtime documentary series investigating the disappearances and possible murders of a group of Native American women in rural Montana. Followed by a Q&A with series directors Razelle Benally (MFA Candidate, Grad Film) and Matthew Galkin '95 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV), moderated by Anna Deavere Smith. Along with panelists Andrew MacLean and Carol Dysinger.
RAZELLE BENALLY, Director
Oglala Lakota/Diné filmmaker Razelle Benally is in her thesis year of MFA candidacy of Film Production at NYU. She wrote on AMC’s "DARK WINDS" and is currently in development on her directorial feature debut. Benally was a Sundance Native Lab Fellow, a Producers Fellow, and a Screenwriters Intensive Fellow.
MATTHEW GALKIN, Director
Matthew Galkin's recent directing work includes the forthcoming Showtime series "MURDER IN BIG HORN", the Showtime limited series “MURDER IN THE BAYOU”, HBO’s “KEVORKIAN”, the award-winning HBO documentary “I AM AN ANIMAL: THE STORY OF INGRID NEWKIRK AND PETA”, and “loudQUIETloud: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES”.
ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, Moderator
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new form of theatre. In popular culture as an actress—Nurse Jackie, Blackish, Madame Secretary, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, others. Books: Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. She has created more than person shows based on hundreds of interviews. The best known of those are Fires in The Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles, and “Let Me Down Easy”. “Fires” and “Twilight” look at US race relations. The latter deals with health care. They were all performed in US regional theaters, and “Twilight” was on Broadway. Her current project “Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education, looks at what is now called the “school to prison pipeline”—disciplinary practices in schools in poor communities that increase the likelihood that those youths will spend part of their lives incarcerated. Three of her plays have been broadcast on PBS.
ANDREW MACLEAN, Panelist
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Iñupiaq filmmaker originally from Alaska, living now in Brooklyn, NY. Previous credits include the short films Natchiliagniaqtuguk Aapagalu: Seal Hunting With Dad, which played at the Sundance film Festival, Sikumi, which won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at Sundance, and the feature film On The Ice, which won a Crystal Bear and the Best First Feature Prize at the Berlinale. In his hometown of Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow, Alaska), Andrew co-founded the Iñupiat Theater, which was dedicated to performing shows entirely in the Iñupiaq language. He currently teaches directing in New York University’s Graduate Film Program, of which he is also an alumnus. Andrew is currently developing his second feature film, Qimmit. He is currently a writer on the prime-time drama Alaska Daily, which airs on ABC, and is also developing a limited series for FX.
CAROL DYSINGER, Panelist
Carol Dysinger directed the short documentary LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) which won both the OSCAR® for best short documentary and the BAFTA for best short. It also won best documentary short from IDA and at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.
Dysinger is also known for her feature length documentary CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN, compiled from 300+ hours of footage gathered over the course of three years. It premiered in competition at SXSW 2010, and played at the Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Funded by Sundance Doc Fund and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the film later appeared on Public Television. Prior to directing docs, Professor Dysinger edited many documentaries and features, including DEADLINE for Big Mouth Productions (Sundance, and NBC), RAIN for Lola Films, M.Scorsese Executive Producer (Sundance, Venice International) SANTITOS for Springall Pix, John Sayles Exec (Sundance, Guadalajara, San Sebastian) and PUNK (Warners) which was a finalist for a national Emmy. As a screenwriter in Los Angeles, she co-wrote several scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sam Goldwyn Productions, and A CHRISTMAS STAR with Fred Gwyn and Ed Asner for Disney. She wrote several independent features BURNTOWN for HBO Independent, and FAT GIRLS FROM HELL for Sheila Mclaughlin. Her short films screened widely and won several awards including the Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic and the Hugo Award. She is the recipient of the David Payne Carter award for excellence in teaching.
Carol was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently developing a semi-autobiographical interactive piece depicting her experience with war and completing One Bullet, a feature length documentary film.