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Oceanside Honors Native American Actor with Award

Oceanside CA– Held August 3 to 10, 2014, Oceanside International Film Festival is an annual event put out since 2009 in San Diego County’s Northernmost city, Oceanside. The recipient of OIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Awards this year is a film and television actor Saginaw Grant. Grant is a Native American actor, traditional dancer, and motivational speaker, respected member of the Sac-n-Fox, Iowa, and Otoe-Missouria Nations. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He played Chief Big Bear in the 2013 film The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp. The same year, he was featured in Breaking Bad. He is also known for acting and representing his nation in other TV shows: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1993), Baywatch (1997), My Name is Earl (2005), Saving Grace (2007) and more.

The festival will have a strong Native American Indian element at its Closing Awards. A colorful group of San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and other tribes in full regalia, including giant drum performers, singers, and fancy grass dancers, will conduct a live stage procession at Star Theatre right before Saginaw Grant’s award ceremony. The Closing Awards Gala taking place 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054.

Grant’s grandfather Kirvin was a strong medicine man and his other grandpa Saginaw (whom he is named after) was also a very spiritual man. They taught Saginaw their customs, culture, and traditions, and the importance of their Native American way of life. As a result, Saginaw witnessed many special ceremonies and events taught to very, very few.

In The Lone Ranger, the audience discovers Grant’s character when John (played by Armie Hammer) & Tonto (Johnny Depp) are held hostage by the Comanche tribe that signed a treaty where they let the railroad travel through their land. It is there when Tonto’s life is explained. Chief Big Bear (Grant) tells John of how Tonto became estranged from the Comanche tribe. When he was an Indian boy he led two soldiers toward a river where rock ‘silver’ was in abundance. They killed his family. Tonto nearly lost his mind, painted his face, and finds a dead crow floating in a river. Throughout his travels he feeds the dead bird on his head. As John & Tonto search for Butch they end up in many situations until Rebecca & her son are kidnapped. The Comanche tribe is betrayed as the Railroad Company continues on toward the West. John wears the ‘mask’ as Tonto helps him begin his destiny as “The Lone Ranger.” Chief Big Bear & his 1,000 warriors attack the railroad. The audience gasped when Chief Big Bear was attacked in this movie.

Oceanside International Film Festival will honor hard-working Saginaw Grant with a special Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in film and television industry. The festival organizers are particularly thrilled to welcome Saginaw Grant in association with this place in San Diego known for profound Native American history – Oceanside is rich with history of Luiseno tribes of Native American Indians based from around Mission San Luis Rey. Other film industry’s stars are expected to make a surprise appearance at the festival.

Oceanside International Film Festival (to be held for eight days from Aug 3 thru 10) has recently announced its Official Selections to be publicly shown on the big screen. The festival will publicly screen 70 unique and independent films, a good mixture from the locals and around the world, including United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Spain, India, Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.S. This is an annual event conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, which is OIFF’s parent entity, the same 501c3 non-profit organization that has been conducting Oceanside Days of Arts for 22 years. This year will be the 25th year OCAF has brought quality artistic, visual, performance, and musical arts to Oceanside and the surrounding communities since it was founded. Its film festival showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. Works by local filmmakers have an opportunity to be shown on big screen alongside with other Official Selections of OIFF-2014, like narrative shorts Rose, Mary And Time (science-fiction film from London, U.K.), Pint (comedy from Surrey Hills, Australia), serious dramas The Boy Who’d Never Seen Rain (from Sydney, Australia), Patatas (from Spain), Berxen Kulek / “Lame Lambs” in Turkish (from Bingol, Turkey), surfing adventure documentary 3mates7seas (from Sydney, Australia), computer animated film Chasing Paradise (from New Media Arts students at Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii), stop-motion animated short Mr. McBob (by a middle school student from Irvine, CA), plus many more films. Viewers can choose from a variety of specially-themed screening blocks to suit their tastes such as Sci-Fi, Environmental, Thrillers, Sentimental and Emotional Appeal, Serious Dramas, Comedies, Ocean Health, Wild Wild West (Westerns), Romantic Dramas, “Art, Religion, And War”, Kid-Friendly Horror Films, Music Videos, Surfing Films, and Animations.

The festival will issue total 15 awards at its conclusion, including those for student films. Local San Diego students from middle school through college are also represented at OIFF. In fact, they will have a special spotlight at the event. Besides their work being shown on a big screen, they also may have a shot for one of the following awards: OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Picture; OIFF-2014′s Audience Choice Award – Best Picture; OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Student Film – High School thru College; OIFF-2014 Jury’s Award for Best Student Film – K to Middle School; OIFF-2014′s Audience Choice Award – Best Student Film – High School thru College; and OIFF-2014′s Audience Choice Award – Best Student Film – K to Middle School. Filmmakers young and seasoned alike have an opportunity to hone their skills at OIFF-2014’s educational opportunities: Casting For Film Workshop (Aug 8) and Crowdfunding Workshop (Aug 9).

This year festival’s organizational committee and Jury of OIFF consists of nearly 20 film passion-driven individuals, who have been meeting monthly and grading films since September 2013 to make sure this year’s August event is another success. The committee is excited to have at their disposal two historic venues downtown Oceanside: Star Theatre (opened in 1956) at 402 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054, and Sunshine Brooks Theatre (built in 1936) at 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054.

For educational workshops, festival schedule, or complete list of award categories, please go to http://www.ocaf.info or http://www.facebook.com/likeOIFF.