Award Winning Indie Documentary

Keep the Fire Lit - lost tribes of Texas

Through the medium of story and ceremony, KEEP THE FIRE LIT provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds, and the lives of Indigenous Texans. The film dives deep into this remarkable fragment of Texas society. Personal interviews highlight the social, political, and environmental implications of the re-emergence of indigenous identities. We visit holy sites across Texas and interview key individuals from these native communities: tribal spiritual leaders, peyote road men, cultural artisans, traditional tribal dancers, environmental activists and civil rights lawyers. This film makes it way to the Standing Rock pipeline and then hits home with a 1st ever Apache Reunion in Ojinaga, Mexico.

 

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Keep the Fire Lit-lost tribes of Texas

Made By Native People for Native People 

This indie documentary was filmed and produced in the course of  3 years on a shoestring budget.  Now as it makes its film debut, Keep the Fire Lit – lost tribes of Texas is globe-trotting, traveling to Europe and parts of Asia as well as both South and  North America.

First- time filmmaker Fox RedSky, in partnership with awarding-winning filmmaker Adrian Santiago, delivers brilliant and profound insights into the world of  Texas Native tribes. We watch, as though through the eyes of native people, as they tell their stories and recount their Texan history for the first time ever!

Just the BEGINNING …..

Keep the Fire Lit – lost tribes of Texas is really just the beginning. We hope it will lend itself to a documentary series. There is just too much of the story to tell! It is the first peek into native people’s lives and stories here in Texas—the start of something far larger then we couldn’t sum up in a single  75 minute feature-length film.

While the filmmakers are proud of this journey into the true story of the Texas tribes, many tribes were not filmed due to the limitations of money and time.  This is your opportunity to help these talented filmmakers continue to tell the Tribes of Texas Story and their connection and migration through Canada and Mexico. Lend your support and make a difference. Donate today!

 

Featured Native Peoples

Virgie Ravenhawk

Veteran – Two spirit

Richard Gonzalez

Lipan Apache – VP Chairman

Marika Alvarado

Lipan Mescalero Apache – Medicine woman

Juan Mancias

Carrizo Comecrudo tribe of Texas – Chairman

Meet Our Film Makers

Lipan Apache, Veteran, Filmmaker, Fox RedSky has completed her first feature film, Keep the Fire Lit – Lost Tribes of Texas. After 3 and half years traveling all over Texas and parts of Mexico and even making a trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota with her at-the-time 2 year old daughter in tow, she is ready to send her exciting heartfelt Documentary to the world.

Adrian Santiago is an award-winning independent filmmaker from Dallas / Fort Worth.

After receiving a Hi-8 analog Sony Camcorder for Christmas 1998 from his parents, Adrian would go on to shoot numerous shorts, commercials, and feature-length productions… quietly picking up nominations and wins at film competitions and film festivals along the way.

Best known for delivering impressive cinematic results on a “shoestring budget”, Adrian Santiago is a self-taught “student of the art”… able to analyze scenes from major Hollywood movies at a glance and re-create them with bare-minimum equipment and crew at his side.
Adrian famously worked as producer / writer / director / director of photography / editor on his 2010 feature film debut “GRIM” – A $2,500 full-length movie that is currently in distribution by legendary shock cinema purveyors “Troma Entertainment”.
Most recently, Adrian Santiago was Director of Photography for “Keep the Fire Lit” – A documentary about preserving the history of the “lost” indigenous people of the United States.  It is currently screening at film festivals in multiple countries around the world.
 TRAVELING the world

As of Now

Currently, Keep the Fire  Lit-lost tribes  of Texas as of now is  completed 75 min feature  length documentary for the people by the people. Traveling all over  the  world , Keep the  fire  Lit  visited 9 different Country in 3 different continents and is still  hot on the film festival pow  wow  trail. We are  currently looking into distribution world  wide and looking into pre -production into the  next film of our  Keep the Fire Lit series. 

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Making more  movies! We  want  to hear your tribes stories and  lift up your  voice. This series  of Documentaries are  for the  Native people by the  Native people. For more  information on how  you  can be in the  next film please  click the  button below. Thank you  for  time and patience. 

Upcoming KTFL  Events

Oct 20 - Native Spirit Film Festival

SOAS University of London

Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom.
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM 

Nov 1-14 - Red Nation Int'l Film Festival

The 24th RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) – the Authentic Voice of American Indian and Indigenous Cinema – is the largest Native film festival in the country and was the first Native festival in Los Angeles. RNIFF routinely secures top Native films and is dedicated to increasing the visibility of American Indian and Indigenous storytellers and artists in the entertainment landscape.

Featured Interviews

Virgie RavenHawk

Veteran
Two Spirit

Juan Mancias

Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas
Chairman

Marika Alvarado

Lipan Mescalero Apache

Medicine Woman

Bryan Parras

Houston TX
Envirormental Activst

 

Richard Gonzales

Lipan Apache Band  Of Texas
VP Chairman

frankie orona

Society of Native Nations

Founder

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Keep the Fire Lit-lost tribes of Texas

This fascinating documentary opens a window onto the true cultural history of Texas. Six hundred years after the the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Spanish colonization and the White Settlers’ Movement that came in its wake. It annihilated many tribes and decimated the numbers of those that survived, The descendants of the Texas tribes now speak. They share the legends and stories of their people, handed down to them over countless generations, revealing their oral histories and the spiritual ceremonies inherited from their ancestors.

Through the medium of story and ceremony, KEEP THE FIRE LIT provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds, and the lives of Indigenous Texans. The film dives deep into this remarkable fragment of Texas society. Personal interviews highlight the social, political, and environmental implications of the re-emergence of indigenous identities. We visit holy sites across Texas and interview key individuals from these native communities: tribal spiritual leaders, peyote road men, cultural artisans, traditional tribal dancers, environmental activists and civil rights lawyers. This film make it way to the Standing Rock pipeline and then hits home with a 1st ever Apache Reunion in Mexico.