Clementine
ABOUT THE WRITER

Originally from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Clementine Bordeaux (Sicangu/Oglala Lakota) graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Theater. Her first experience with filmmaking was at the 2006 Disney-ABC Summer Television and Film Workshop at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Last year, Clementine participated in the Native American stage production of "Red Ink" in Minneapolis as a cast member and costume designer.

Clementine's future plans are to attend graduate school and continue writing for the stage and film.

Bordeaux tries to keep warm during the night shoot in Thousand Oaks, CA
HE CAN'T BE CAUGHT
(2006, 13 mins.)
Writer:
Clementine Bordeaux
Director:
James Lujan
Producer:
Shawn Imitates Dog
Mentor:
Keith Gruchala
Executive Producers:
Paula Starr and James Lujan
Cast:
Eva Thomas, Ian James, Kalani Queypo, Mark Reed, Brian Wescott, Mary Mora Cordova

Onscreen: Halloween night on the reservation brings out pranksters and possibly real monsters when a young couple stumbles upon a fallen, shaggy-haired creature that may or may not be bigfoot.

Offscreen: "I didn't originally plan to direct," admits Exec Producer James Lujan. "I wanted to be free to go back and forth to supervise this short and 'Pow Wow Dreams.' This was the first year we were doing Creative Spirit, and in those days it was structured so that everything was done in a week. We were simultaneously shooting two shorts in three days, editing over the following three days, and the seventh day would be our world premiere screening.

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"All the directors I approached turned me down, because they weren't confident we could pull it off with that kind of schedule. I knew it could be done, having seen it done as a past participant in the Duke City Shootout in Albuquerque which employs the same production schedule. I modeled Creative Spirit after the frenzied schedule of the Shootout, because I felt it best simulated the deadline-pressured, time-constrained environment of a budget-conscious professional set. Since I knew it could be done, I had to put my money where my mouth was and just go out and do it myself."

Lujan continues, "There were a lot of nay-sayers when I first proposed the idea of Creative Spirit. Fortunately, (SCIC Executive Director) Paula Starr wasn't one of them. I had a very clear vision for what I wanted to accomplish with Creative Spirit, but it was the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that most organizations would have backed away from, citing the expense, the logistics and the headaches. But when I first pitched the idea to Paula, she was fully supportive and continues to be to this day, even as I plan to take the program into newer, more ambitious realms. It was very fortunate that Creative Spirit coincided with Paula's own vision which she shared with Floyd Westerman when they first conceived of InterTribal Entertainment. Neither Creative Spirit nor ITE would be possible without Paula's ingenuity in integrating these concepts within SCIC's organizational fabric."

Film Festivals: 2007 American Indian Film Festival, 2007 L.A. Skins Fest, 2008 Two Worlds Festival of Native Film, 2010 Native Punx Short Films
Clementine
ABOUT THE WRITER

Originally from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Clementine Bordeaux (Sicangu/Oglala Lakota) graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Theater. Her first experience with filmmaking was at the 2006 Disney-ABC Summer Television and Film Workshop at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

Last year, Clementine participated in the Native American stage production of "Red Ink" in Minneapolis as a cast member and costume designer.

Clementine's future plans are to attend graduate school and continue writing for the stage and film.

Bordeaux tries to keep warm during the night shoot in Thousand Oaks, CA