Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City screened at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. The film received the Obama Academy Students Favorite Film Award.
The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies is a program available to students in grades 6-12 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The students involved are in a film studies program and viewed all of the films in the festival and chose Good Earth as their favorite.
Producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films were thrilled by the news, especially since the target audience for the film is young people. Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City was one of just two American films to receive awards in the main competition.
Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, a 20-minute Emmy-nominated documentary produced for Good Earth State Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota presents the story of the Good Earth/Blood Run historical and cultural site as told by a fictional Native American grandfather to his grandchildren. The Good Earth city was an important Native-American trading center for pipestone, bison hides, and culture. It was home to 6,000-10,000 Omaha, Ponca, Ioway and Otoe people at its peak in 1650--the largest city in what is now the United States.
Filming for the documentary took place on Good Earth/Blood Run sites in Sioux Falls and Lyon County, Iowa; and other sites in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. Representatives from the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, and the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma consulted on and participated in the film project. Approximately twenty Native Americans from across the country took part in front of and behind the camera for the documentary.
The award-winning Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City is available on DVD at the Good Earth State Park Visitors Center.