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Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions

Thirza Defoe , Adam E. Stone , Produced by Adam E. Stone and Thirza Defoe  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Thirza Defoe, Adam E. Stone, Anna Dukes, Walter Lazenby, Eric S. Ruwe
  • Directors: Produced by Adam E. Stone and Thirza Defoe
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: New Leaf Distributing Co Inc
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0977139638
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Thirza Defoe (Giizhiigoquay), a performer from the Ojibwe and Oneida tribes of Wisconsin, is widely known for her sacred hoop dancing that she has been performing since the age of 8. Dancing has taken her around the world to Spain, Japan, Egypt, and Italy. Her passion for acting has brought her to Los Angeles. In 2009, she won a Grammy Award for Best Native American Album for the CD "Come to Me Great Mystery." She also played Sally in Kevin Wilmott's film, "The Only Good Indian," and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the American Indian Film Awards. Thirza's repertoire also consists of performances at the 2002 Grammy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre and the 2002 Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS) were she danced with contemporary Native American recording artists, Brule. Her many years as an accomplished hoop and eagle dancer have awarded her recognition in both the native community and throughout the world. In 1992, she danced in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics Games in Barcelona and celebrated the Millennium in Egypt in December of 1999 dancing with the Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company. She has been featured in the National Geographic World Magazine (August 1998) and has been hailed Wisconsin's Best Kept Secret by News from Indian Country: The Independent Native Journal. The art of traditional storytelling and knowledge of the Ojibwe language was passed down to Thirza by her Ojibwe grandmother. She shares her culture and it's history through performances and presentations to students in elementary schools, high schools and colleges throughout the United States. She interacts closely with the audience while introducing them to Iroquois social songs, traditional flute music, storytelling, solo hoop dancing and people hoop dancing, uniting all in the circle. Thirza is well versed in music, theater and dance. Her acting credits include the starring role and narrator in People of the Forest (PBS educational documentary), Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream, Sacajawea in Stone Heart at the Autry Native Voices and a principal role in the independent film, Road Reps. As a versatile performer she played a young girl in Susan Lori-Parks', In the Blood along with composing and performing the soundtrack. Other credits include One Tribe Many Nations, a children's book that highlights Thirza. When not performing, she can be found pursuing her other interests: photography, playing guitar, writing, snowboarding and mentoring young native playwrights with the Mentor Artists Performers Project (MAPP) and the Autry National Center. In May 2004 Thirza graduated from the world-renowned, California Institute of the Arts were she received her B.F.A. in Theatre. Later that year, She was awarded the First Americans in the Arts Scholarship for students pursuing careers in acting and the Indigenous Heritage Festival award in the category of Performing Arts. This award is given to artists who have made a major positive impact on indigenous people and issues of the world. She travels the country providing educational presentations and performances for audiences in various communities.

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Bold, provocative, and highly experimental, Cache Girl Saves the World introduces a new medium for literary fiction: the "novel in visions," which combines audio of the novel's text with still photographs of some of its action, packaged in DVD format. The novel tells the story of Ta'li, a young runaway whose Cherokee ancestors died on the Trail of Tears. Searching for peace for herself and the world, Ta'li finds herself in the swamps of Southern Illinois' Cache River, where, with the help of the Swamp Asp and the legendary Big Muddy Monster, she embarks on a daring quest to bring her vision of empathy, empowerment, unity, social justice and ecological wisdom to a humanity seemingly bent on self-destruction. Shot predominately on location in Southern Illinois by principal photographer Sarah Dalby, Cache Girl Saves the World features stunning photographs--both abstract and concrete--of the area's natural beauty, and of Grammy Award-winning musician, American Indian Film Award-nominated actress, storyteller, and renowned dancer Thirza Defoe, of the Ojibwe and Oneida Nations, who portrays Ta'li. Ms. Defoe co-produced the novel with author Adam E. Stone, whose traditional print novels are The New Harmonies, Kingston Fugue, and Xamon Song.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Transformation October 1, 2010
This "novel in visions" is a stunning narrative about a young woman's transformational journey to save not only herself, but the natural world and humanity. Ta'li's true nature and mission appear "hidden" at first glance when the narrator picks her up in his truck. Stone's narrator is soulful and reflective, as if exploring Ta'li's journey along with her as she becomes aware of her strengths and solidifies her mission to bring understanding and empathy to the world. Both the photographs and music leave impressions of a story beyond the narration. Photographs linger on-screen during the story, adding a unique dimension to the project, as if combining oral tradition with movie stills, inviting the viewer to participate more fully in the creation of imagery. I was already familiar with Thirza Defoe's extraordinary work as a writer, artist, and educator. Her facial expressions and body gestures propel the story forward. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Adam Stone's complex and woven storyline as it moved through several visions including contemplations of historical events, social and environmental responsibilities, and global interconnectedness. Sarah Dalby's photographs are phenomenal and evocative of both emotion and spirit. "Cache Girl Saves the World" is a remarkable cross-genre experience that is charged with energy and purpose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and Inspiring November 22, 2010
By Chelsea
Cache Girl Saves the World covers all the bases: the format is new and innovative, the photographs and the narrative are beautiful, and the theme is inspiring. Cache Girl follows the story of Ta'li, portrayed by Thirza Defoe, as she attempts to make an understanding dust. The story begins with her as a young runaway, and it follows her as she communicates with nature to make the understanding dust. The photographs fantastically encapsulate each moment, while Stone's words are both lyrical and striking. You will be impressed while watching this novel in visions, by both the story and the story's format, and you will walk away feeling the urge to save the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so different November 20, 2010
This dvd is like nothing I've ever seen before. The slow moving images help you get into an almost meditative state to take in the story of Cache Girl. The theme of interconnectedness, the imagery from beautiful S.Illinois & the author's narrative really won me over!
I hope to see more from Adam Stone in the future.
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