BendFilm Announces Tatanka Means & Gary Farmer as Indigenous Filmmaking Honorees for 19th Annual BendFilm Festival

(L-R) Tatanka Means, Reservation Dogs, Gary Farmer | Photos courtesy of BendFilm)

BendFilm announced Tatanka Means and Gary Farmer as Indigenous Filmmaking Honorees for the 2022 BendFilm Festival. Means and Farmer will receive their award in person during the 19th annual BendFilm Festival running October 6 – 23, 2022. Both actors will also lead or participate in a variety of public and private events that focus on indigenous art and filmmaking. Events include special free screenings of FX Networks’ hit show Reservation Dogs with post film discussions, a comedy sketch by Tatanka Means, an Indigenous Filmmaking Showcase in Madras and a student workshop for Warm Springs K-8 school led by Farmer and Means.

“Not only are Gary Farmer and Tatanka Means incredible actors in their own right, they both shine off screen through music, comedy, activism and other creative collaborations,” said Todd Looby, BendFilm executive director. “We are honored to host them in Bend, Madras and Warm Springs and look forward to celebrating their careers during the Festival. This program has received a lot of support from funders and it is really great to see our indigenous programs expand and better serve the greater Central Oregon region.”

For several years, BendFilm has hosted filmmaking workshops in partnership with Warm Springs Community Radio KWSO and hosted engagements with notable Native storytellers including director Chris Eyre and actor Adam Beach. BendFilm and the Warm Springs Community Action Team are partnering in the upcoming year to offer more filmmaking workshops for Warm Springs students outside of the festival season.

Tickets for Reservation Dogs episodes and Indigenous Filmmaking Showcase set to screen during the 2022 BendFilm Festival are now live at

Gary Farmer is an actor and musician, born on the Six Nations along the Grand River, Ohsweken, Ontario. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of Indigenous media in Canada and was the founding director of an urban Indian radio network, Aboriginal Voices Radio Network. Gary has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Male in the films Powwow Highway, Dead Man and Smoke Signals. Recent credits include series regular on Resident Alien and Reservation Dogs. Gary’s blues band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, will release their sixth album this fall.

Tatanka Means is an award-winning actor, motivational speaker and stand-up comedian from Chinle, Arizona. He represents the Navajo, Lakota, Dakota and Omaha Nations. His most recent film is Killers of The Flower Moon, directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and is set to be released in the fall of 2022. He can also be seen in the new season of Reservation Dogs and in the upcoming movie, Horizon, by Kevin Costner. Tatanka performs stand-up comedy throughout Indian Country spreading laughter and messages of inspiration to all ages. Tatanka was recently named “Entertainer of The Year” by the National Indian Gaming Association. Tatanka is proud to be an alcohol and drug-free sober performer. He also won Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in Once Upon a River, which won Best Directing at the 2019 BendFilm Festival.

This program is supported by the Starview Foundation, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Oregon Cultural Trust and The Braemar Charitable Trust. • 541-388-3378 • InstagramFacebookTwitter

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