Bridge Walkers – de Young Museum September 07, 2012 6-8 p.m.

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —                           Contact: Catherine Herrera,  415-202-5204, catherine@flordemielfilms.com

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Bridge Walkers showing September 07, 2012 6-8 p.m. de Young Museum

BRIDGE WALKERS – INSTALLATION/DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES THE IMPORTANCE OF SACRED SITES IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AND BEYOND – Worldwide Release –

Filmmaker and photographer Catherine Herrera has completed a multi-year project with the culmination of a three-screen video installation and documentary Bridge Walkers showing at the de Young Museum on September 07, 2012 from 6-8 p.m.

In 1907, Nels Nelson discovered and plotted on a map over 400 Ohlone Sacred Sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. So large were some of the Shellmound and Sacred Sites of the Ohlone, they served as references on early coast survey maps. Today, the few Ohlone Sacred Sites still present in San Francisco and Bay Area are under threat of destruction.

Bridge Walkers explores the importance of Sacred Sites to the Ohlone and California Native peoples with a short 18 min. documentary featuring Ann Marie Sayers (Mutsun Ohlone), Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone) and L Frank Manriquez (Tongva- Acjachemen), who speak to the challenges faced here in the San Francisco Bay Area to preserve and protect Ohlone Sacred Sites, and what is lost when sites are destroyed.

In contrast, Bridge Walkers juxtaposes the preservation of Sacred Sites in Mexico with a visually compelling video of a ceremony at Teotihuacan and the teachings of Mayan Elder Jorge Mora who explains what December 21, 2012 in the Mayan calendar means for Humanity. In this way, Bridge Walkers gives a modern-day example of how Sacred Sites are centers of knowledge and sharing of cultural information even today.

EVENT: September 07, 2012 6-8 p.m. Viewing Tower, de Young Museum, FREE

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