Our Team

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Sanford Horowitz
Co-founder
Email: sanfordjhorowitz@gmail.com

Sandy Horowitz is a renowned movie producer and real estate developer. Horowitz's producing credits include dramas: Woman in the Rain, Barbara Luna, Club Life, staring Tony Curtis. Science fiction and horror motion pictures: The Clones, Twisted Nightmares, Demon Wind. The documentary: The Carradines Tonight. And finally, the epic fantasy: Merlin.

Early in his career, Horowitz teamed up with famed producer/director Paul Hunt, who had also worked with Orson Welles on his last feature film: The Other Side of the Wind. Together, Horowitz and Paul Hunt formed two film production/distribution companies, Filmmakers International Releasing and, United Filmmakers International.

The rarest of opportunities came their way when Gary Graver, their cinematographer was asked to work with Orson Welles on what would become Orson's last feature film, The Other Side of the Wind. This opened the door for Paul and Sandy to work with Orson on an ongoing basis until Orson's death in 1985.

The partnership of Paul and Sandy later secured legendary producer and studio executive, Max Youngstein to serve as head of distribution. Max entered the doors of Filmmakers as the Producers Rep for David Carridine and his three indie films. By the time he completed his representation with Carridine, Youngstein came on board with Sandy at his side. Youngstein had been with 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and was a founding member of United Artists in the early days of Hollywood. His vast experience brought a wealth of knowledge and success to the partnership and taught Sandy well.

Currently, Sandy is working on the launching of his new production distribution company, Two Horses Laughing. Horowitz just completed a self-help book for seniors entitled, Life at 70: Pedal to the Metal based on his spiritual beliefs that he hopes will benefit seniors worldwide. Projected in the summer of 2020, Horowitz will be going on a lecture tour promoting his book and his proactive message encouraging seniors to stay active and involved.

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Fidel Moreno 
Co-founder
Email: fmoreno@cyberport.net

Fidel Moreno is a 28 year veteran of award winning documentaries that advocate for traditional Native American wellness models, Native American traditional healers, and community leaders. These community leaders advocate for treaty rights, religious freedom practices, water protection, human rights, and environmental activism.

Fidel has produced and directed Wiping the Tears of 7 Generations about the 1890 Wounded Massacre and a Washigila, a Wiping The Tears ceremony that had been lost for 100 years. This also includes the historic Big Foot Memorial Horse ride in the Northern Plains bitter winter.

He also produced and directed The Peyote Road, a documentary for the U.S. congress to address Al Smith vs. The United States Supreme Court decision threatening the religious freedom and rights of assembly and use of the sacrament, Peyote. Congress reviewed The Peyote Road documentary and authorized the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act reversing the U.S. Supreme Court decision and signed it into federal law by the incumbent President, Bill Clinton in 1993. This documentary chronicles the legal, political, and cultural facts around the Peyote sacrament and also the healing and spiritual aspects of the Native American Church and its members in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Next, Fidel was the Field Producer for Kevin Costners 500 Nations and also conducted all the ethnographic interviews with descendants of great and historical tribal chiefs, healers, and warriors. Fidel was also an Assistant Director for Spielbergs Into the West which aired on the Ted Turner channel.

Fidel mentors film and multi-media students at several colleges in the Northeast and also facilitates lodges and wellness circles on several college campuses and has helped students and colleges identify students who were suicidal on many occasions, i.e. Bennington College, Marlboro College, Williams and Hampshire College, etc.

He also wrote, directed, and produced We Are The Ones We Are Waiting For Hopi Prayer and Prophecy with stirring footage of the public protest against the Iraqi invasion and call for healing the nation. This act helped stop violence against all people by the United States.

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Juanita Smallsalmon
Executive Assistant/Media Coordinator

EDUCATION:

B.A. Degree Business Administration National University San Diego, California Diploma Interior Design Mt. Royal College Calgary, Alberta Lab Technician/Medical Assistant Canada and Beverly Hills, California Private Art Studies Alberta and Montana

WRITING:

Had excellent writing and organizational skills through High School, college and my working career. Also worked as consultant and second writer for an independent script writer and am working on a screenplay currently. Was noted for my ability to create ideas and solutions.


WORK EXPERIENCE:

Five years as Lab Tech and Medical Assistant to Internist/Cardiologist in Beverly Hills, California. Real estate agent and Corporate Executive Assistant San Diego, California. Ten years as Sales and Framing Assistant for Gallery, Calgary, Alberta. Semi-retired and studied Art for a few years in NW Montana. Currently working as Executive Assistant, Marketing for Two Horses Laughing Productions to develop and market docu- mentaries with an emphasis on Native American content. Also working with Pacifica Ventures to bring a professional sound stage to Montana.

STATUS:

Semi-retired, married to Stephen Small Salmon, a Salish Pend o Reille Native American Elder who teaches his Salish language and culture to the Tribal children on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Western, Montana. I enjoy doing my art. We live in the beautiful Mission Valley.

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Solar Banner
Associate Producer/C.E.O of W.I.M.N
Email: solarbanner@gmail.com

I have always felt driven to make art, from an early age watching my artist father make figures on a page was like watching him make magic.  I chose film and photography  as a lifelong commitment to changing the world view of Indigenous people. I actually feel that I am chosen by my work. It speaks to me and I listen.

 

Known for:

A Documentary Director/Producer, specializing in Indigenous POV 

Live Music and Theatre Performance, Dance and Musical Theatre/

Project Design, Project Development, and General Management.

Script Supervisor

Cinematographer

In depth Photographer

 

Filmography and Theatre;

Solar Banner artistic manager to Dancing Earth, Dancing Earth is an Indigenous Dance Company acting  as cultural ambassadors to instruct and educate and tell the stories of Indigenous America nationally and internationally.

400 years of Cuban MusicProducer, live musical theatre, 2010 a live musical that included the Indigenous contribution of Native American Music  (before Columbus) 

ThunderHeart’ TRI Star, Executive in Charge of Script, Solar worked closely with the writer, John Fusco to bring about a film with the ‘right” presentation of  Native American culture, humor, Native American women, Native American ceremony, and Native American images on the reservation. What is sacred and what is not. The film is now a cult favorite.

Rainbow Warrior Music Festival, Solar Banner directed  A live musical performance showing the beauty of Native American Dance, Music, words.and prayers It was shot live with six cameras at the Paulo Solari. 

Wounded Knee,Director 1983, a time of great change on the Lakota reservation, it was a turn around period for many youth “becoming proud again” of being Lakota, participating in Sun Dance ceremonies, praying with the pipe and listening to the wisdom of the ones that went before… this documentary follows the change. 

Path of the Jaguar, Solar Banner was asked to direct and film the Indigenous interpretation of the many  pyramids and sacred sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico  as opposed to the Anthropological main stream version of Human sacrifice, ceremonies, sacred sites, Mayan codices, seen through eyes of a spiritual leader and elder. 

Hopi Prayer for Peace Director In 1986 Solar Banner was asked by the Hopi elders of Hotevilla to film and direct a message of Peace to a 161 world leaders at United Nations…of the things America and the world would experience according to a centuries old Prophecy written in stone tablets and given to the Hopi people by “the keeper of this land “and to be carried to the world leaders and to as many people as possible,  a message of peace but also a warning.   

Solar Banner is currently working on the “Rights Of Nature Opera.”.

Highlights;

Bob Banner and Associates 1991 ‘Live from the Apollo’

and “Star Search. 

Co Owned and operated “Mixtech” Television Productions Studio,Taos, NM

Co Owned and operated “The Return Gallery” based in the ancient art of Native America and of sacred geometry-Taos, NM

Solar Banner is also a SunDancer and started the first Sundance in New Mexico in 1989,  sanctioned by Arvol Looking Horse. ,the Pipe Keeper.

 She is the proud mother of Ayesewa Banner and Eagle Banner.

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Angela Townsend
Vice President of Distribution/Marketing
Email: celticmoonbooks@gmail.com

 

Angela J. Townsend is skilled in film distribution and is a marketing expert. Angela is also an executive producer, a filmmaker, and a traditionally published, award-winning author and  screenwriter. Angela is a member of the Author's Guild in NYC and a Screencraft finalist. She is represented by the former Vice President of Paramount pictures, M. Kenneth Suddleson. She has a motion picture, the Forlorned® based on one of her books, and others coming soon. 

Angela's significant other hails from a remote, impoverished village in Central America. She is currently learning the Yucatec Maya language or Maya as it is called to Native speakers in the Yucatan Peninsula. Angela's devotion to her fiancee led her to a deep interest and love for indigenous people and the preservation of their culture, heritage, and art forms.

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Steven Smallsalmon
Consultant

Stephen Small Salmon was born in St. Ignatius, Montana on May 10, 1939 to Mary and Mitch Small Salmon. He is Pend Orielle, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, lives on the CSKT Flathead Reservation in Western Montana.

Stephen attended school at Ursuline Mission Boarding School in St. Ignatius, Ronan Middle and High Schools. He was also sent to Pierre, South Dakota and the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. On his return he worked in timber jobs and then as a sawyer for decades in the mountains until he began teaching the Salish language at various reservation schools in the 1990's.

From 2003 to the present, Stephen has been teaching the Salish language and culture at N'Kusm Language Institute in Arlee, Montana. Teaching is not just a job to Stephen, but an opportunity to pass on what he knows of his language and culture. The identity, culture, and well-being of Native peoples lie within their languages. He believes that if the children learn to speak their language, respect their elders, walk the mountains studying the Indian medicines, and know the songs/dances, they will always know who they are. He wants them to be proud to be Indian.

Stephen is well-known in Indian Country as he has been a Champion Mens Traditional dancer and drummer on the Pow Wow Trail since he was introduced to dancing by his Grandfather, Alexander Beaverhead, over 75 years ago. He is still dancing and traveling the trail.

Stephen serves on the Salish/Pend d'Oreille Elders' Advisory Council. He was raised in his culture by Mitch and Mary Small Salmon, his maternal Grandfather Alexander Beaverhead, his Uncle Pete Beaverhead and his Uncle Twepe.

In May 2012 he was Awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Native Studies by Salish Kootenai College in recognition of his many years of work with Indian children at N'Kusm. As a fun project in his life he has done several plays, tv commercials, print work, and portrayed the character, Flying Bear, in an Independent Film titled, The Last Beyond to be released 2019.

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Richard Smith
Consultant

Richard has been working as an architect since 1970 and started his own practice in 1976 in Whitefish, Montana after working with firms in NY and MT. His architectural design experience includes: hospitals, schools, libraries, banks, commercial office buildings as well as numerous residences in Montana, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Smith graduated from Montana State University and holds a bachelors and masters degree from the School of Architecture. All his design work is initially drawn by hand with construction documents prepared utilizing the latest Revit 3D computer drawing program. Richard's design work is a process of satisfying the client's program and budget. This process requires regular clear communications with the client throughout the design and building process.

His overall goal is to provide custom unique and distinctive architectural design solutions. Smith believes that proper architectural design offers us an opportunity to provide humans with the basic aspects of food and shelter as well as physical and spiritual needs. Effective architectural design has a direct impact on the quality of mankind's existence on earth and provides an opportunity to assist in its green maintenence.

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Anton Horowitz
Web Builder and IT
Email: anton.horowitz@pepperdine.edu

At the age of 15, Anton started his first company called KidzArtzIt. Built using a wix, this company archived childrens' artwork ages 1-15 for those busy families who wanted a professional system to capture and store their childrens' artwork. As of 2019, he started another company called, Anton Horowitz Computer Technician. This company was started to help the older generation who have limited technical skills and provides professional computer help for software related issues on pc and mac. Anton took it a step further and offered his web design skills as part of his services and was the web builder for sanfordhorowitz.com.

 

Over his high school junior summer, Horowitz went to three Native American powwows with his father where he saw the amazing spirit of the Native American community. Gifted by the experience, Anton felt an overwhelming excitement to be a part of a project where Native American and Indigenous wisdom is heard globally.

Anton graduated from Whitefish High School with honors and is now enrolled at Pepperdine University for Business Administration.
 

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Dave Fern
Consultant

Dave Fern lives in Whitefish, Montana and serves in the Montana Legislature. He was instrumental in bringing the 2019 Film Tax Credit to Montana and supports the benefits it will bring to the state.Whitefish could not ask for a better person to represent our community than Dave Fern. He is one of the hardest working individuals you will ever meet. You can speak to Dave on any number of topics and it's clear he has done his homework. He responds with thoughtful and nuanced insights that explain the critical issues facing our state, not empty and divisive rhetoric. He understands the imperfections and limitations of government as well as the value of its mechanisms to improve our quality of life.These traits enable Dave to deliver good ideas, great policy, and outstanding solutions. Fern works with Republicans on property tax relief and has shown that he will put the needs of our community above party politics. He sees the value in building relationships and working across the aisle to get things done. His priorities are those of our community, including affordable healthcare, housing, education, jobs, and protecting our lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species. Dave Fern is pragmatic, no-nonsense and as hard working as they come.