Gary Rhine is CEO of Kifaru Productions (http://www.kifaru.com), known for award-winning documentaries on contemporary Native American issues.
Working under the alias of “Rhino,” he writes a daily political weblog, called “Rhinos Blog” (http://www.rhinosblog.info), which seeks to promote effective dialog on issues of war and peace, human rights, and protection of the environment.
Mr. Rhine chairs the board of directors of DreamCatchers (http://www.dreamcatchers.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of indigenous cultures and sacred lands. The DreamCatchers Film Fund facilitates the making of feature films created by indigenous directors.
In 2002, Mr. Rhine produced “RezRobics,” an aerobics video series for American Indian communities, and the companion comedy, “RezRobics For Couch Potato Skins.” In 2002 he also curated “First People’s TV,” the first regularly scheduled, nationally broadcast TV series in the U.S. concerning contemporary Native people for WorldLink TV.
Mr. Rhine is an activist/moviemaker, father of 3 daughters and 3 step-sons, a private pilot, and lifelong drummer. He was a founding member in 1970 and then a 13-year resident of “The Farm,” the spiritual intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee, where he served as Director of The Farm Ambulance Service and Emergency Medical Training Programs. During those years he also worked in the book publishing and distribution field and gained experience in many building and gardening skills.
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The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion in Contemporary Crisis
This widely acclaimed, landmark documentary was instrumental in the campaign to have Congress overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1990 "Smith" decision, which denied the protection of the First Amendment to the traditional sacramental use of peyote by Indian people.More Information >> Add to cart
The Red Road to Sobriety Video Talking Circle
The contemporary Native American Sobriety Movement is flourishing throughout the Indian communities of North America. This vital social movement combines ancient spiritual traditions with modern medical approaches to substance abuse recovery. One of these traditions is the "talking circle."More Information >> Add to cart
A Seat at the Table: Struggling for American Indian Religious Freedom
Professor Huston Smith is widely regarded as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on the history of religions. In this thought-provoking documentary he is featured in dialogues with eight American Indian leaders.More Information >> Add to cart
Your Humble Serpent: The Wisdom of Reuben Snake
Reuben Snake was a unique and compelling American Indian leader, visionary, and activist. Filled with rich and revealing examples of his storytelling prowess, this inspiring biographical portrait explores his life and philosophy and examines his provocative views on ecology, sacredness, intuitive thinking, and "the rebrowning of America."More Information >> Add to cart