‘My Home’ animation debutes Oct. 13 at Syracuse festival

The Oneida Indian Nation’s Four Directions Productions debuts its second, centuries-old legend brought to life through animation at the Syracuse International Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse. "My Home," focuses on the underlying theme in the legend that is a front burner issue in today’s world — the importance of protecting Mother Earth, the environment we all call home.

According to Ray Halbritter, Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises, "Our animation studio is a shining example of how the Oneida Indian Nation is investing in new platforms to share our history while also creating critical economic activity for our region.

He said, "We are very proud that our first animated short, ‘Raccoon & Crawfish,’ captured first place at 18 international film festivals and brought international attention to our region, and we’re equally confident that ‘My Home’ will continue to share our legends in a meaningful and entertaining way."

Director of Studio Operations and Turtle Clan representative Dale Rood said, "Legends were how our elders taught life lessons to our children long ago and how we still do today. Animating those legends is how we preserve them for future generations and educate the world about who we are as a people." Rood added, "Our second animation surpasses the great work we did in our first award-winning short by employing creativity coupled with the cutting edge computer techniques utilized by our highly talented and experienced team of animators."

Four Directions Productions, a 3D animation/HD cinematography studio, is located on nation lands near Sherrill. Its first project, "Raccoon & Crawfish," premiered at the Syracuse International Film Festival in April 2007. "Raccoon & Crawfish" is available in two formats: DVD only for $4.95; and DVD with a glossy book for $19.95. "My Home" will also be available soon in similar packaging and formats.

On the net: www.fourdirectionsproductions.com