Saynday a film

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You can join us at Coleman Theater in Miami, OK on Oct 1st at 6 pm for the showing of the two short films, “Fancy Dancer” and “Running on Indian Time” with food, auctions and much more.  or more will receive a one of a kind “Saynday” the movie Crew T-shirt and your name in the thank you credits.

We will be filming in New Mexico on October 11-13th 2019. We will conclude the Gofundme page at 3 pm on the first of October to get ready for the launch party.

Filming on location in New Mexico has many costs associated with it and we are needing your help to get us to the end. We have an all-star cast and we need help to get us to the finish line. This amount less than half of the funding we need to see us through the festival season. 

SAYNDAY - is a comedy, written and directed by J R Mathews, based on a Kiowa traditional trickster story but unlike other tricksters of tribes, Saynday is seen in human form. This is the story of White Saynday (Kyle Kelley) a good trickster on the hunt for Indian Saynday, the greatest trickster of all time. He is looking to learn new tricks from him and improve his trickiness. When White Saynday rides into a ghost town he discovers some unusual characters along the way. I
On the journey, he encounters Buffalo the blacksmith (Wes Studi) that has been tricked out of one of his horns. He also meets Wolf the bartender (Matt Robinson) who has been tricked out his tail along with Duck (Ricky Lee)  his cellmate from the Jail where the Sheriff (Ernie Stevens) has arrested both him and Indian Saynday.
Mischief and trouble are always lurking around the corner when Indian Saynday (Mark Abbott) is involved and his humorous acts are not villainous just mischievous. Is anyone, including White Saynday above the shenanigans of Indian Saynday?


41606176_1566902893548085_r.jpegWES STUDI

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves (1990). In 1992, his powerful performance as "Magua" in The Last of the Mohicans (1992) established him as one of the most compelling actors in the business.

Studi has since appeared in more than 80 film and television productions, including Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Being Flynn (2012), Avatar (2009), Comanche Moon (2008), Streets of Laredo (1995), Mystery Men (1999), Kings (TV Series), The New World (2005), Hell on Wheels (2011), Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) and Seraphim Falls (2006). He also brought Tony Hillerman's "Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn" to life in a series of PBS specials produced by Robert Redford: Skinwalkers (2002), Coyote Waits(2003), and A Thief of Time (2004).

Studi was born in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, the son of Maggie (Nofire), a housekeeper, and Andy Studie, a ranch hand. Studi exclusively spoke his native Cherokee language until beginning school at the age of five. A professional horse trainer, Studi began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa in the mid-80s.

41606176_1566902924421205_r.jpegKYLE KELLEY 

After graduating from High School, in 1980, Kyle enrolled for the summer semester, in the Nationally acclaimed theater department of Tulsa Junior College. That summer he was cast in the American Indian Theater Company’s production (AITCO) of “Indians” by Arthur Kopit. Kyle became a regular member of the AITCO stock company and was mentored by its brilliant artistic director, J.R. Mathews. While with the American Indian Theater Company, Kyle played a diverse variety of roles, including the psychopathic Harry Rote (Wait Until Dark), the racist mercenary De Candia (Royal Hunt Of The Sun), and the lovable Marry’in Sam (Lil Abner). Perhaps the highlight of his career with AITCO was in the internationally acclaimed production of “Black Elk Speaks” with David Carradine and Will Sampson. 

In 1990, Kyle moved to Burbank, CA, where he honed his on-camera acting skills and became SAG eligible. Never far from a theater stage, he has done shows with Magnolia Playhouse, Actors Forum, Studio City Park Players, and the Whitmore/Lindley Theatre. In 1999, Kyle became a frequent actor at the historic Glendale Centre Theatre, where he has appeared in more than 30 top-notch productions. Last summer (2018), Kyle worked again under the direction of J R Mathews in an award-winning short film, “Running On Indian Time.”

41606176_156690296091701_r.jpegMARK ABBOTT

Mark started his career in entertainment with the American Indian Theatre Co. in the eighties with such luminous names as Salina Jayne Dornan, Bob Hicks, J R Mathews, and Wes Studi. This company produced the hit show “Black elk Speaks” which starred David Carradine and Will Sampson. After acting in his first film “The Trial of Standing Bear” which also had Wes Studi and Rodney Grant, he went to Hollywood and got an agent. (Turns out this Agent also handled Malcolm Jamal Warner and George Clooney at the time.) 

Mark appeared in such films: “Squanto- A warrior’s tale”-starring Adam Beach and Eric Schweig, Grizzly Mountain-Starring Dan Haggerty, “Naturally Native”-Starring Irene Bedard and Kimberly Norris, “UnBowed”-Starring Jay Tavare, TImbi Locke and Ron Glass and a host of short films and music videos. Mark is a founding trustee of First Americans in the Arts that produced the native film awards show in Hollywood along with Selina Jayne Dornan and Bob Hicks. 

Mark’s most recent accomplishment was “The Choctaw Code Talkers of World War One that appears on PBS. Mark was the executive producer for REDHORSE NATIVE PRODUCTIONS for that movie. Mark is now working in the PR department for the Muscogee Creek Nation writing commercials for the nation. 

Along with his wife Lucille, there are 8 children and 4 grandchildren.

41606176_1566902999779744_r.jpegRICKY LEE

Rickey Lee began his acting career as an extra on the set of the film “The Gypsy Moths” in Benton, Kansas..  He expanded his career as an actor and set designer when he became a member of the American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had the principal role of Johnny Dolphin in the 1998 Kennedy Center College Award-winning Spirit of the Dead.

He has performed in more than twenty-five productions an is known as an actor and director, recently performing in The Ridiculous 6 (2015), Midnight Shanghai(2016) and Buffalo Girls (1995).



Ernie Stevens, Jr. is the Chairman and national spokesperson for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) in Washington, D. C. Stevens, which is a position elected by the member tribes of the National Indian Gaming Association.

As Chairman of NIGA, Stevens represents the Indian gaming industry. In this role, he has worked to educate Congress, the media and the public about the positive impacts of Indian gaming on tribal and nearby communities. Stevens is also responsible for shaping policy initiatives that have the potential to impact the industry. Stevens has led the Association and worked to protect Tribal Sovereignty and strengthen the Indian gaming industry. From 1993 to 1999 Stevens served as an elected councilman for the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. He is a former First Vice-President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). As a respected leader in Indian Country, Stevens also serves as a long-standing board member on the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAID), the Nike N7 Foundation Board, the Executive Board of the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and the Native American Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA).

Chairman Stevens received an Associate’s degree from Haskell Indian Nations University in 1983. Stevens also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Scenario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin (1986). Chairman Stevens is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin. He and his wife Cheryl have been married for 35 years. Together they have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. 

His first acting role was that of the Uncle in the award-winning short film, “Fancy Dancer”. 


Co-founder and Principal of KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Matt Robinson has been a consultant in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, specializing in market research, feasibility analyses and economic impact studies.  Mr. Robinson has consulted on numerous casino, hotel, and other hospitality and leisure industry projects.  With a background in planning and economic development, Mr. Robinson has specific expertise working in Indian Country on gaming and other tribal economic diversification projects.  

KlasRobinson Q.E.D has worked with more than 250 different Tribesthroughout North America over the past two decades.  Feasibility studies and other expert counseling provided by the principals of KlasRobinson Q.E.D. have been used to successfully attract over $20.0 billion in financing and investment from bank financing, capital leases, private placements, registered securities and IPO's. 

Mr. Robinson served two terms on the Executive Board of the National Indian Gaming Association.  Mr. Robinson is the recipient of NIGA’s 2010 “Outstanding Service Award”.  He currently serves on NIGA’s Spirit of Sovereignty Advisory Council.  

Mr. Robinson is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on issues related to feasibility, economic impact, and planning.  He is a guest lecturer at colleges and universities including his alma mater Macalester College. Mr. Robinson is also a featured contributor to a variety of national trade publications including Indian Gaming Magazineand is often quoted in regional and national periodicals. 

Mr. Robinson has a Master’s degree in Planning with a secondary concentration in economic and community development from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. While at the Humphrey Institute, Mr. Robinson conducted research at the Tourism Center of the University of Minnesota, specializing in rural tourism development. He is a graduate of Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in three majors: Economics, Spanish and International Studies. During the 1988-89 academic year, he attended the Universidad De Complutense and the Institute of European Studies in Madrid, Spain. 

Mr. Robinson also has more than five years of operational and management experience working in various facets of the hospitality industry both at home and abroad. He is fluent in oral and written Spanish and is a member of La Sociedad Hispanica Sigma Delta of the National Spanish Honor Society. Mr. Robinson is also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon of the National Economics Honor Society.

Matt and his partner Jim Klas have been Associate Producer for “Running on Indian Time” (ROIT) and “Fancy Dancer” and was also the Secretary of State in “ROIT”.
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