Rick Bartow The Man Who Made Marks

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Writer & Director: Nanette Kelley     Animation: Amy Uyeki     Editor/Oregon Camera: Brian Gee


Lillian Pitt, Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama, artist     James Lavadour, Walla Walla, artist       

Ted Hernandez, Wiyot Tribe Chair     Brian Tripp, Karuk, artist     Charles Froelick, Froelick Gallery     

Leon-Forrest Caulkins, musician     Karl Davis, Exe. Director Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts     

Peter Walters, Umatilla/Cayuse/Walla Walla, co-founder Pendleton Center for the Arts Rock & Roll Camp     

Seiichi Hiroshima, Master Printmaker     & Richard Elmer Bartow (Wiyot, 1946-2016)

Nanette is one of 5 Indigenous filmmakers chosen to participate in The Bartow Project, a collaboration between the Wiyot Tribe and Dell’Arte International about the art and life of Rick Bartow (Mad River Band of Wiyot, 1946-2016).

Illustrating the rhythmic style and transformative artistic nature of artist and musician Rick Bartow, Nanette's film, Rick Bartow The Man Who Made Marks is a mini documentary with a twist of animated music video. 


Bartow’s recorded song Black Dog provides the mood, and in his own voice, each verse serves as narration to animation by Amy Uyeki (Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps). Over 100 images of Bartow’s works of art complement the comical and heartfelt storytelling about the artist by his close friends and colleagues.

The Bartow Project premiered April 2, 2022 at the Da gou rou louwi' Cultural Center of the Wiyot Tribe in downtown Eureka, CA and is screening in theatres across Wiyot ancestral lands throughout April 2022. The film will be exhibited in schools, galleries, museums, and film festivals throughout the US. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, and James Irvine Foundation. Co-Artistic Directors: filmmaker Michelle Hernandez (Wiyot) & theatre artist Zuzka Sabata.