Wes Performing at the Santa Fe International Film Festival

Wes Performing at the Santa Fe International Film Festival

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Blog |

If you’re in town, come on by the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Oct. 16-20. There are a lot of great films, workshops and panels to attend, and I’ll be there too. On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. I’ll be participating in a live comedy screen play reading of Chris Eyre’s newest film “Up the River.”  As the festival tells it, “Up the River” is a 18th Century comedic adventure set on the Native plains where girl-crazy brothers, Crystal Blue Persuasion and Crazy Fox, are forced by the Elders to complete a war mission but instead journey up the river to meet the legendary Cheyenne Seven sisters. It’s limited to 121 people so get your tickets fast. You can buy tickets here: http://www.ticketssantafe.org/tsf/event_calendar/detail/2264 Then on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10:45 a.m., my wife Maura and I will be running an acting workshop on cold reading. Learn some tips, tricks and skills to master a cold read on stage and in life with us. You can get tickets here: http://www.ticketssantafe.org/tsf/event_calendar/detail/2272 Of course, whatever you’re doing at the festival, there are a lot of really great things to do and see. I plan to spend a lot of time seeing films and listening in on panels. Maybe I’ll see you there!...

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2013 Distinguished Artist

2013 Distinguished Artist

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog |

The first time I acted was on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a place called the American Indian Theatre Company. It was 1983. While I won’t go into my probably less than honorable reasons for joining the company, the result was I discovered a new passion. I loved the rush of being on stage and I found a real outlet for feelings that there was really no other healthy way to express. I did quite a bit of work there, performing in my first paid performance, “Black Elk Speaks,” before moving on to other companies and eventually onto TV and the movies. This weekend I’m returning to Tulsa as the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence (TATE) are honoring me with the 2013 Distinguished Artist Award. If you’re around, please plan on attending. The event is June 23, at the Cascia Hall PAC, 2525 S. Yorktown Ave. The evening starts with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with yours truly and then the awards presentation. There are several other awards too. You can learn about them all and get tickets here. I hope to see you there!...

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Record Breaking Message

Record Breaking Message

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Blog, Slider |

I’ve just received some exciting news. Last year I spent time helping the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put together a series of public service announcements raising awareness of how American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. I just learned from the producers of the PSA that since it was posted on Feb. 5, for all US commercial broadcast stations to use, the total Nielsen audience for the spot sky-rocketed to 11,843,824 viewers and 6,215 airings to-date, along with an additional 12,174 page views on the CDC-TV page and CDC’s YouTube page. The producer told me the CDC’s media relations company thinks this is a record and the TV spots may reach Nielsen audience views of somewhere between 15 and 20 million this year. They tell me this is unheard of for an “earned media” PSA since stations air at their discretion as opposed to expensive purchased airtime. This is amazing and very encouraging. The health of our native populations is vital. Like I say in the spot, “our people and cultures hold the answers. Our cultures are our source of health.” We can return to a healthy balance by gathering, planting and eating traditional foods and playing traditional games. Through focusing on this healthy way of living we can promote better health and prevent diseases like Type 2 diabetes. Please, check out the videos linked here and please do share them on social media, in emails to friends, or even feel free to post them on your own sites. Together we can return to a life in balance. Wes CDC (click the above image for a direct link to the video)...

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