Billy Luther: GRAB-The Movie

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Billy Luther: GRAB-The Movie

108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, NM 87101
August 17th, 2012 - December 31st, 2012
Opening: August 17th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(505) 983-1666
Mon and Wed-Saturday, 10AM-5PM; Sun, 12-5PM; Closed on Tuesdays and major holidays
film, photography


Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, who annually throw water and food items from the rooftop of a home to people standing below. A community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks, and renewal, Grab Day exists at the intersection of traditional Native and contemporary Western cultures. Luther’s film follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives leading up to this day.

The documentary film is accompanied by a collection of photographic images representative of the land, people, and traditions of the Laguna People seen in the film.

About the Director: Billy Luther studied film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and soon after worked as a programming assistant for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian-Native American Film and Video Festivals in New York City.

In 2002, Luther moved to Los Angeles and was selected as an honoree at Film Independent’s Project: Involve and was mentored by Alex Smith, co-writer/co-director of The Slaughter Rule.  Most recently he was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival All Access Connect Program.  He has won the Roy W. Dean/From the Heart Productions documentary award, as well as the 2006 Sundance Ford Fellowship, for Miss Navajo.  Luther also directed the film Face Value, a short documentary on racial profiling, as well as the 2000 comedy short Evolution of Men.

Luther is currently in development on writer/director Nanobah Becker’s feature film Full, about bridging the reality and mythology of gender and sexuality in Navajo culture.  He belongs to the Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo Tribes.