Larry Cesspooch received his Associate’s Degree in Communications
Media from “the Institute of American Indian Arts” in Santa Fe, New
Mexico, 73-75. He went onto “the Anthropology Film Center,” also in
Santa, 76-77. Carroll and Joan Williams were Co-Directors. He focused
his studies on Advanced Audio and started his own sound business, “White
Buffalo Sound.” He moved back to his Ute Reservation in 1979 and
established the “Ute Tribe Audio-Visual,” known as the oldest tribal
production group in the United States.
Left to Right: Norman Brown, Navajo Filmmaker; Ute Elder, Henry
Cesspooch, “Ute Bear Dance Story” Actor; Robert Redford, Sundance
Institute Director; Tantoo Cardinal, Canadian Actress; Ava Hamilton,
Arapaho Filmmaker; Alanis Alexie, Canadian Filmmaker; Larry Cesspooch,
Ute Filmmaker; Steve, Comanche, Native Forum Coordinator.
Left to Right: Norman Brown, Navajo Filmmaker; Steve ___, Comanche,
Sundance Native Forum Coordinator; Beverly Singer, _____ Filmmaker;
Larry Cesspooch, Ute Filmmaker; ______; Alanis Alexie, Canadian
Filmmaker and Tantoo Cardinal, Canadian actress.
The Ute Tribe Audio-Visual’s
“The Ute Bear Dance
Story as told by Henry Cesspooch” was screened at the First Native Forum -
1994 Sundance Film Festival.
Their claymation used historical footage,
and live action with Henry Cesspooch, oldest Bear Dance Chief, telling
his grandson Skyler Lomaheftewa the Bear Dance story.
Assistant Director co-produced the film.
Left: Larry with Robert Redford
Larry & Good Friend Ken Brecher, Executive Director Sundance Institute
have been friends for years.
In Front of the Camera...
“CONNECTIONS AFTER SCHOOL Program”
Ute Filmmaker, Larry Cesspooch taught filmmaking and media
classes the last five years for the “Connections After School” program at West
Jr. High, Uintah School District, Fort Duchesne, Utah.
Utes return to south Dakota
Utes return to Eagle Butte, South Dakota after 100
Years. Both tribes worked to reconnect and the Utes took care of
their deceased relatives buried there.