Kenneth Little Hawk is a Native American cultural treasure who teaches that "we can make choices to live in harmony with one another and we can make choices to live in harmony with the environment." He is a Native American storyteller, keynote speaker, recording artist and actor, descending from the Mi'kmaq and Mohawk tribes. He has been a guest of the President and performed at the White House for a special screening of the PBS film, "Lewis & Clark." Touring throughout the world over the past 30 years, Little Hawk has performed for over three million people at many distinguished locations including Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His voice and authentic flute music can be heard in such award-winning PBS films as "The West" and "Lewis & Clark" produced by acclaimed director, Ken Burns.
Australian actor Jack Thompson is a true humanitarian. He is the official ambassador for the Garma Festival and the Yothu Yindi Foundation. He has been awarded the Australian Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Film Entertainment. He has also been Inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame. Jack is best known for his performances in Breaker Morant (1980), The Man from Snowy River (1982), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Star Wars: Episode II - The Attack of the Clones (2002); Leatherheads (2008); Australia (2008); Mao's Last Dancer (2009); Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010); Mystery Road (2013); and The Great Gatsby (2013). At the Cannes Film Festival, Jack was awarded Best Supporting Actor and won the Australian Film Institute's Best Actor award for his role in Breaker Morant.
The Yolngu are caught up in a daily struggle to protect their culture that has survived for 40,000 years. The Garma Festival, which started in 1999, aims to give both non-indigenous and Indigenous people an opportunity to share in this ancient culture and knowledge about the land. The festival takes place at Gulkula, a site which overlooks the Gulf of Carpentaria, and which has profound meaning for the Yolngu people, its traditional owners. They believe that it was here that their ancestor Ganbulabula first created the didgeridoo, known as the Yidaki. North East Arnhem land is regarded as a heartland of Aboriginal culture and land rights. The Yolngu place great importance not only on upholding traditional ways of hunting and gathering, but also on preserving their link to the land through stories, painting, music and dance. Their land, their culture, and their lives are all one... one heart, one spirit!
I first met Little Hawk in New York City in 1995 when we formed a World Music band called Sinh-Tala with Little Hawk on flutes, Australian musician Greg Reeves on guitars, and myself on drums, keyboards and percussion. We played live shows in Greenwich Village, Union Square, and outside of the city as far south as Red Hook, NJ. The music was an innovative mixture of Native American, jazz and rock genres that came together in an album we recorded in 1996 called “First Light.” Greg and I spent many hours overdubbing tracks and post producing the album which largely revolved around the incredible flute playing of Little Hawk. As if by some divine plan, all these years later, I am happy to report that the entire “First Light,” album has become the soundtrack for this movie. (available on iTunes)
The band lasted until 1997 when I moved up to Boston and worked as an art director/animator/video producer for the $100 million iCast.com website featuring new filmmakers and musicians. A few years later, Greg moved back to Sydney, Australia while Ken continued performing his Little Hawk Show with his wife Beverly (who has been his creative partner and business manager for over 30 years). The Little Hawk Show teaches respect for all people and the environment through Native American stories, music and dance. It was in 2006 that Greg set up a six-week Australian tour for the Little Hawk Show which led to Jack Thompson inviting Little Hawk and Beverly up to the Garma Festival to meet the Yolngu people in North East Arnhem Land.
Realizing the significance of a Native American performing artist like Little Hawk meeting the first peoples of Australia, Greg hired award-winning cinematographer, Paul Tait, and award-winning director, Melanie Hogan, to record this once-in-a-lifetime event. The production team filmed over 35 hours of incredible footage, but for a variety of reasons, it was never edited into a full feature movie. Since I had already directed several films featuring Little Hawk, I asked Greg to send me the raw footage and I began working on the project in 2014.
It has taken over eighteen months to go through all the footage and produce a finished film with Beverly, Ken, Greg and Jack. I love the positive message. Hopefully, you will feel the same after watching the above trailers and will support the movie by joining our mailing list below. Our goal is to reach a worldwide audience of college students and compassionate people of every nation to promote respect and equality for all human beings and take better care for the Earth.
It has been such a privilege to put this movie together and learn about the incredibly friendly spirit of the Yolngu people. After many long years, Australia is finally on the brink of officially recognizing Aboriginal Australians as equal citizens. It is time for all non-indigenous people to respect, collaborate and make new friendships with the 400 million indigenous peoples around the world. We truly are one human family and I hope you can share ONE HEART-ONE SPIRIT with your friends so we can all come together to help create a kinder world!
We are very excited about being an official selection of the 2017 Melbourne Documentary FIlm Festival and we have been organizing the 2017-18 ONE HEART World Tour to colleges and universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe. ONE HEART-ONE SPIRIT is a non-profit 501(c)3 project and I invite you to make a tax-deductible contribution below. Help us share indigenous wisdom, through the power of film. Thanks in advance for your support.
ONE HEART-ONE SPIRIT
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