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News Actor Gary Farmer Appears at Brattleboro Museum and Marlboro College

Brattleboro, VT -- (November 22, 2010) -- Award-winning Native American actor and musician Gary Farmer will visit the area for a special screening of the 1989 film, "Pow Wow Highway" as well as a concert with his blues band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers.

On Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00pm, the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center will screen "Pow Wow Highway," which helped open the door for Native American-themed films at the Sundance Film Festival - and in Hollywood.  Following the Brattleboro Museum screening, Gary Farmer will answer audience questions and discuss his work with Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven.

"Pow Wow Highway" tells the story of Buddy Red Bow (A. Martinez) who struggles against developers and political in-fighting to keep his nation on the Montana Crow Reservation. When Red Bow gets news that his sister has been thrown in jail, he teams up with Philbert Bono (Farmer), a gentle Indian philosopher, to make an unforgettable road to trip to Santa Fe to bust her out.  Their journey, aboard Philbert's "war pony," Protector (a beat-up '64 Buick), forms the basis for this humorous, harrowing, and illuminating story.

Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, critic Roger Ebert wrote, "It will be a long time before I forget Gary Farmer in Pow Wow Highway. It's one of the most wholly convincing performances I've seen."

Farmer has more than 90 film and television credits spanning 25 years.  His films include Spike Jonze's "Adaptation," Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" and "Ghost Dog," Jay Craven's "Disappearances" and Chris Eyre's Sundance Grand Prize winner, "Smoke Signals," which is credited as the first American feature film written and directed by Native Americans (Sherman Alexie and Chris Eyre, respectively).

At 8:00pm, on Wednesday, December 1, Farmer's New Mexico-based band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, will take the stage at Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater for a full-tilt concert of blues, funk, and jam band music.  They will play a full range of original songs and classics by Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Ben E. King, Taj Mahal, and others.  Band members include Farmer (harmonica and vocals), Jaimie Bird Yellowhorse (guitar and vocals), John Longbow (bass and vocals), and Toby Williams (drummer and vocals).

Admission to the November 30 screening at the Brattleboro Museum will be $6 for adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, and free for BMAC members, children under 6, and Marlboro College students, faculty, and staff.  Admission to the December 1 Marlboro College concert is free and open to the public.

Gary Farmer is a member of the Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. His Vermont appearances are sponsored by Marlboro College Film Studies, The Brattleboro Museum, Kingdom County Productions, The Latchis Hotel, and Vermont Main Streets and Back Roads Magazine.

For more information, contact Jay Craven at 802-274-1974 or


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