I got some great news this week. A phone call from the Yup’ik artist Stanley Mute. Stanley is serving a very long sentence at a for profit jail in Colorado. This contact is the 1st step towards the planned documentary I am developing.
The subject involves Stanley’s case & the situation of other natives who have been left behind by our judicial process. One innovation I will be bringing to this will be dramatic elements from my mother, Sandy Kleven’s award winning short story Holy Land.
Sandy met Stanley in 1984. Her belief in him & his art is key to my own interest. She has a gift for capturing universal element of the Yup’ik people’s poignant struggle.
I’ll update the blog as I make progress in scripting & raising funds for this important film.