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Steven Heape - Award-Winning Filmmaker

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Steven Heape is an award-winning Cherokee Filmmaker that has a long history of success. In 1994, he and his partner Chip Richie incorporated Rich-Heape Films, Inc., certified by the Cherokee Nation to preserve the history and culture of the American Indian. Today, Rich-Heape Films is an internationally recognized firm with several award-winning film/video/cd/dvd titles to its credit. The American Indian Chamber of Commerce has awarded Rich-Heape Films the 2003 and 2006 American Indian Business of the Year. In 2003 he was an Inaugural Inductee into the National Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame and was one of five Native American filmmakers invited to participate in the strategic film and video content planning for the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, located in Washington, DC. Steven is also President and Founding Member of the Sovereign Nations Preservation Project, Inc. a non-profit origination that addresses the extremely high levels of juvenile diabetes in the Native American Community. SNPPI is also capturing and reviving the American Indian languages that are being lost every day. In March of 2006, Rich-Heape Films released the highly acclaimed documentary, The Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy, receiving international acclaim. In June of 2008, Rich-Heape Films released “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School. From a personal perspective – THESE FILMS ARE MOVING AND BRILLIANT!!! With such accolades and awards such as Best in Programming, the Cine Golden Eagle, Five Telly Awards, a many many many many others – THIS IS A SHOW YOU DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!