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Neon Buffalo, a Feature Length Documentary Film Exploring the History of Indian Gaming.


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Director: Pierre Barrera (Klamath/Lakota)

Pierre Barrera is a Native American filmmaker and actor who was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and now lives in the State of New Mexico. Pierre has directed six short films and has acted in numerous others such as IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH and SWING VOTE.

In 2004 Pierre attended the Institute of American Indian Arts Film and Television Workshop. He received the ABC/Disney grant scholarship for writing THE MYSTICS. Pierre was also the National Geographic All Roads Director's Mentor for the New Mexico's Governor's Cup film, BENITO'S GIFT.

Producer: Jeff Franken

While studying Spanish literature in Granada, en route to receiving his degree in neuroscience, Jeff Franken and a friend vowed to start a publishing company focused on telling stories portrayed only in half-truths by the conventional media. Upon returning to San Diego, CA, the two men began discussing ideas for their new company's first book. Gov. Schwarzenegger was seeking re-election in California and rallying voters by claiming that Indian casinos would have to "pay their fair share." The two men spent six years with Native American journalists, casino executives, vendors, Native American tribal leaders, tribal members, and casino employees, resulting in the first ever history book to tell the story of the social revolution that became Indian gaming. His intimate knowledge of the multi-faceted industry and the nuances of the personas behind them have given him an unparalleled perspective of a story yet untold on the screen.

Producer: Daniel Montaño

Daniel Montaño is a New Mexico entrepreneur and artist. He has owned and operated a major government contracting firm for over a decade and has consistently navigated the pitfalls of raising  a company from start-up to maturity.

In 1997, Daniel graduated with a BFA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Media Arts and Television Production from New Mexico Highlands University. While attending Highlands, Daniel was employed by the Mass Comm. Department with duties ranging from studio camera operator to floor director as well as control room duties including switcher operator and Director for the university's weekly news program. Here he was first introduced to the economic reality behind the art he loved. Daniel's business background and his experience successfully leading diverse teams through difficult, delivery-dependent projects make for an exceptional skill set poised to propel Candoux Productions to international renown.

Executive Producer: Edwin Stepp

Edwin Stepp is president and founder of Django Productions, LLC based in Pasadena, CA and director of development at Vision Media Productions also in Pasadena. Stepp has more than twenty years experience in television, media and marketing. In 2001 he helped form Vision Media Productions, which specializes in documentaries about Middle East history, biblical and religious history and archaeology. VMP's first production, Cheating God Out of Christianity won four international TV awards including a Gold Camera Award, the top prize at the U.S. International Film & Video Festival and the Intermedia Globe Gold award from the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany. In 2011 he ran his first successful crowd-funding campaign for a film he co-produced titled Vinylmania. Since then he has consulted on several other successful crowd-funding campaigns and continues to offer consulting in this new realm and on other aspects of film financing. Believing the old adage, "Truth is stranger than fiction," Stepp founded Django Productions to specialize in documentaries, nonfiction TV and feature films about true stories and historical events that did not fit under the mission of VMP. The company has co-produced a film about the resurgence of vinyl records and has just completed a pilot for a series about hard-core adventure races. Django Productions is currently finishing off a feature documentary about the plight of the honey bee and just beginning production on a documentary about fly fishing. Django is also currently at work on several feature films including a biopic about Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass music. The film already has an A-list cast attached and a "Who's Who" of Bluegrass and Country musicians will be featured on the soundtrack.

Executive Producer: Ernest L. Stevens III (Oneida)

Ernest Stevens, III is the CEO of Eagle Eye Enterprises, multimedia development and consultation firm based out of Green Bay, WI. Mr. Stevens comes from a long line of great Native American leaders of tribal councils and national organizations paving the way for tribal self-determination. Ernest was Co-Producer of CROOKED ARROWS, a narrative feature about a Native American lacrosse team making its way through a prep-school league tournament.

Beyond NEON BUFFALO, Mr. Stevens is currently developing several features including an action film set in the near future, with production planned for Spring 2014. A Western, set in the early 20th century, is geared up for pre-production, as well as a feature biopic on the life of Jim Thorpe and an epic war film based on the involvement of the Oneidas in the War of 1812, which is currently being adapted into a graphic novel.

Director of Photography: Corey Weintraub

Albuquerque, New Mexico based Corey Weintraub has contributed his talent to many films and television shows as DP and Second Assistant Camera, including THE AVENGERS, WARRIOR WOMAN, CRASH (TV series), IN PLAIN SIGHT, FELON, WILDFIRE (TV series) and most recently, THOSE WHO WAIT.

Corey specializes in narrative film work and is expanding into commercials and music videos.

Sound: Jonathan Simms (Acoma)

Hailing from Acoma Pueblo, Jonathan has won numerous awards including the New Mexico's "New Visions Contract" in 2007, leading to the production of a documentary short A Race Against Time: The Fight to Save New Mexico's Native Languages. With a focus on documentaries, Jonathan has taught in numerous pueblo communities, focusing on the usefulness of video for capturing stories and information from elders before they pass. Jon is the Media Archivist for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and he continues to capture and document the stories of Pueblo People. He also teaches video production part-time at UNM Valencia Campus in Los Lunas, NM.

Unit Production Manager/Line Producer: Alton Walpole

Alton Walpole is an eclectic filmmaker with more than thirty years of experience as a cinematographer, editor and producer. In the 1980's working as an editor he was involved in translating archetypal and contemporary images into such unique film experiences as KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI. In the early 1990's he was the Supervising Producer of the 70mm feature film BARAKA coordinating international travel and location access to twenty-four countries.

In 1994 he was the cinematographer and editor on a documentary titled: PAHA SAPA: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE BLACK HILLS which aired on HBO and won an award at the American Indian Film Festival.

In 1999 he was the Supervising Producer of a theatrical feature documentary titled HAND OF FATE about clairvoyants of the world.


Walpole is a member of the Directors Guild of America and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is the owner of Mountainair Films Inc.

Co-Producer: Joeseph Lujan

With over 20 years in the music and film industry, ranging from the underground rock scene of the Southwest to on-shoot experience with major Hollywood productions, Joseph Lujan will be responsible for film industry and talent relations. His passion for human expression is key to development.

He was recently the location assistant for a CBS television pilot shot in New Mexico, and was a Producer and Actor in the video, DON'T STOP BELIEVING IN LAS VEGAS, developed in conjunction with the Media Arts Department of Luna Community College.

Associate Producer: Roy Montibon

Roy is a strategist, creative director, designer and artist whose career has taken many forms - as a management consultant, corporate executive, entrepreneur, educator, community activist and arts advocate. He currently heads The Montibon Company, LLC, a strategic and creative consulting firm, and its agency arm, Montibon Design Agency. Roy is also the co-founder of Royal Mastodon Society, LLC, a developer of live/work studio spaces and producer of art events and exhibitions.

Roy has over 25 years of college-level teaching and speaking experience, and has taught over 6,000 students (undergraduate, graduate and professionals), developing and conducting courses and producing international symposia in the arts, design, media arts, experience design and the creative process at a number of universities in California, (including UCLA Extension, UC Irvine, and Chapman University).