National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum
Proudly Presents the
2019 Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney Western Heritage Symposium –
Featuring Program Guest Speaker Michael Aku RoDriguez
Filmaker and 2019 National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame Inductee
Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 10AM – 12 Noon
Radisson Hotel North-Fossil Creek | 2540 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76106
Free Admission | Refreshments | Free Parking
Scope of Program:Each year, notable historians and authors bring history lessons to life in their exciting educational presentations. This is a free community program.
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About the Speaker:
Michael Aku RoDriguez
Being Mescalero Apache and Zapotec heritage RoDriguez was taught and inspired by the traditions of his culture. While in film school at T.C.C. North East College, he started his career working in Video Production, Post Event Meeting A/V Services, and Event Management where he gained the ability to coordinate video tours, T.V., fashion/trade shows, and conventions as a line-producer and cinematographer for 2000 Frida Kahlo Fashion show, Martha Stewart Collection Show 2001, and 2002 Reba McEntire Shoe Fashion. It is also here where RoDriguez began working as a actor and line-producer for commercials and independent films, where he learned the intricacies of feature film production from some of the most skilled and talented technicians in the industry. He then went on to acting on indie film, “The Prodigy.” in 2005, “Walker Texas Ranger” TV series in 2006 and working production on indie film “Black Nile” in 2006, where he was casted and line-producer in “The Blue Jay.” 2007 indie film.
Adding to his talents, RoDriguez was a musician with bands such as SpoonFed Tribe and JointMethod… He played bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, and back vocals where he help to create his company Say What You Want Records in 1990-2005… Creating 5 albums and toured with The Bob Marley Freedom Festival: West Coast in 2001/2002 and Lollapalooza Tour: East To West Coast in 2003, and singer songwriter ClayWalker in 2006 .
In 2008, RoDriguez was brought on to direct, produce, write, and compose the acclaimed PBS documentary “ The Rose A Sense of Place” that received a The Telly Award. That same year RoDriguez created Zoom On A Star D. Stories: LearnShops that teaches digital media technology to engage at risk youths in creating stories told through digital images. In 2008 the students created “Dia De Los Muertos” Documentary, 2009 “Monologues” Film that premiered at Rose Marine Theatre. Because of Rodriguez’s LearnShops in 2010-2011 he received a NEA: National Endowment Of The Arts-Education Arts Grant as the project film coordinator for “Wall Visions” Mural documentary starring the children and communities. While teaching he began working as a Director, Producer, and Director of Photography (D.P.) with indie film “Uprising Of The Six Sun.” He also worked in the sound department on “I See World Peace” documentary film in 2012 and production work on National Geographic’s “Eyewitness War” 2013 documentary, “This Changes EveryThing” documentary, and ScFy’s “Alien Encounter 3” TVSeries. With the extraordinary international success he Produced and Director of Photography (D.P.) a film, through his company So Be It Films… the political documentary “La Gran Falacia” (The Great Fallacy) Documentary in 2013 that received the official selection and best spanish film at SunScreen Film Festival, official selection at Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival and Rincon International Film Festival. In 2014 wrapped up “Earth Painters,” short documentary filmed in Swazilnad Mbanbane, Africa & Chiapas, Mexico, and “The Exiled Wife’s” short documentary and was Director, Producer, Writer, Director of Photography (D.P.), Editor, and Composer which received 2 Awards in 2015 for Best Local Filmmaker & Emerging Directors; Latino & Native American Film Festival, LANAFF, and also with documentary trailer “THEIR LAST RIDE” he received 2016 BEST Documentary Short Film: Silver Springs International Film Festival, SSIFF. 2016/2017 EQUUS Film Festival TOUR EFF, and won 2018 Best trailer; Latino & Native American Film Festival, LANAFF. in 2017 Produced/Directed/Co-Writer/DP CBS7’s Mini Documentary Special, “BUFFALO SOLDIERS of WEST TEAXS,” Announcing Mini Documentary Short, “SPIRIT” that received the Official 2018 EQUUS Film Festival TOUR EFF, touring in Sedona, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and Durango, CO, more dates coming soon this year. EARTH DAY 2018 RoDriguez released “SHATTERING SACRED GROUND,” documentary film 4years in the making which he was the Director, Producer, Writer, Director of Photography (D.P.), Editor, and Composer. 2019 he worked on ID Investigation Discovery reality/Doc (TV) production team, and this summer in Puerto Rico as a DP & SoundMixer on the feature film, “The Golden Boys” .
Currently RoDriguez is working on Writing, Directing and Producing 2 feature films based on true events, 2 documentaries that focus on social problems and global social change – both inside the United States and throughout Africa, Brazil, India, and Haiti while working with very modest budgets