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PYAT T PR O D U C T I O N S PRESS RELEASE

FO R IM M E D I AT E RE L E A S E Aug. 15, 2010

Dave Courchene

Frank Albo

Tom Bee

Cindy Pickard

Andy Pickard

MANITOU API - Where the Sun Rises BIOS OF FILM ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS

DAV E CO U R C H E N E (Neeghani Aki Innini – Leading Earth Man) has traveled internationally carrying a message of hope and peace while sharing ancient Indigenous knowledge that he believes can act as the foundation supporting the New Life that Mother Earth is now entering which the elders have confirmed has arrived.

He has created a special place for sharing ancient Indigenous knowledge which was based on a vision he received many years ago. It’s called The Turtle Lodge. Indigenous people have always relied on visions and dreams to give guidance and direction in life. Dave was recently honored by Indigenous leaders and elders at the 2010 International Indigenous Leadership Gathering for work associated with his message and vision including his contribution inspiring young people. www.theturtlelodge.org

FRANK ALBO Frank Albo is a Cambridge scholar, architectural historian and a specialist in Western esoteric traditions. His groundbreaking discoveries on the hidden Freemasonic symbolism in government architecture has earned him the title, ”Canada’s Dan Brown”. A visiting lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, Frank Albo’s lively and engaging knowledge of secret societies, mysticism and the occult have been featured in numerous articles, radio and television programs.

Albo has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and holds graduate degrees in Religious Studies (Toronto), Western Esotericism (Amsterdam) and The History of Architecture (Cambridge). www.frankalbo.com

TO M BE E Tom Bee was born in Gallup, New Mexico and has become one of America’s foremost Native American Music Producers. This legendary multi Grammy award-winning musician and producer has created the powerfully moving soundtracks for all of the Pickard’s films; Starblanket, A Spirit Journey; The 8th Fire and Manitou API – Where the Sun Rises. He is the founder of SOAR Corporation, Sound of American Records, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. Tom Bee created the Native American music category at the Grammy’s. He has written for Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and distributes Robbie Robertson’s Native American music. His label distributes Virgin Records multi-million dollar seller, Sacred Spirits. Tom is also the founder and leader of the infamous Native American Rock Band, XIT. www.soundofamerica.com.

CINDY AND ANDY PICKARD Cindy Pickard is the founder of Rites of Passage, ACA, a Texas based nonprofit organization that provided services for terminally ill people and their families. For her work in this field she was honored by the Giraffe Project, an international organization that recognizes people who stick their necks out for the common good. www.giraffe.org

It was during Rites of Passage’s pioneering work with AIDS patients that Cindy

and her son embarked on their first film documentary film, Jason - the Way

e Live

Today. Later the Pickards collaborated extensively with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and

produced one of the few films on her work, an award-winning documentary entitled,

e’re Almost Home Now. This film and their subsequent award winning film, Turning Towards the Morning continue to be widely used throughout the country by hospitals, hospices and grief centers. Andy Pickard later became the Director and Senior Managing Editor of the History Channel’s production of Nostradamus 2012, the third most watched show in that network’s history. Cindy and Andy have created three Indigenous documentary films: Starblanket - A Spirit Journey, The 8th Fire and Manitou API – Where the Sun Rises. Andy continues to grow his company, Imagica Pictures, while developing exciting new programming for TV and delving into a feature film screenplay. www.imagicapictures.com

CO N TA C T : Julia Bortz Pyatt - 575.779.4778 (c) juliapyatt@gmail.com

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