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Cherokee Film Producer Comes to Eastern

Written by Tim Talley

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Willimantic, Conn. - Heather Rae, who has produced more than a dozen documentaries and a half dozen feature films, will discuss the images of Native peoples in the public media, film and popular culture as part of Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour series. Rae's presentation will be held at 3 p.m. on March 2 in Eastern's Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.

          Rae, who is of Cherokee decent, recently produced the Academy Award-nominated "Frozen River," which won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for $1 million. Prior to "Frozen River," Rae served as producer of "Out of the Blue," the documentary about the Boise State Broncos' dramatic January 2007 Fiesta Bowl win against The University of Oklahoma.

            Rae has produced documentary films with CBS's 500 Nations, Turner Broadcasting's The Native Americans and PBS' Storytellers of the Pacific. In 2009, "Variety" named Rae one of "10 Producers to Watch" for her success with both independent and mainstream films. Rae also served as an adjunct professor at Boise State University, teaching "Producing the Independent Film." Rae is a former member the board of directors for Treasure Valley Television, Boise's community TV affiliate, and chair for the board for the regional True West Cinema Festival.

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