Lifetime of achievement for Litefoot: Re-release of The Indian in the Cupboard, SevenStar Award recognize the career of famed Native American actor, musician, author, and entrepreneur
September 24, 2015
2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the original release of the popular movie The Indian in the Cupboard, starring Gary “Litefoot” Davis as Little Bear. To mark the occasion, Sony Pictures has re-released the movie on Blu-ray, with new features including an interview with Litefoot reflecting on his iconic role and an archival “making-of” featurette. To honor his lifetime of achievement, which includes acting, music, business, and many other fields, Litefoot will receive the SevenStar Award from the Cherokee Nation Historical Society for his role in preserving, promoting and teaching Cherokee history and culture.
“Little Bear is one of my most recognized and iconic roles, with fans across the U.S. and the world,” said Litefoot. “The Indian in the Cupboard’s re-release on Blu-ray gives its many fans something new, and I hope a new generation comes to love this classic film and its new features.”
The Indian in the Cupboard, which was originally released in the summer of 1995, is based on the popular children’s book of the same name written by Lynne Reid Banks. Its plot revolves around a boy (played by Hal Scardino) who discovers that his toys, including a Native American figurine named Little Bear, come to life inside a cupboard given to him for his birthday. It was Litefoot’s acting debut.
Reviewing the movie at the time for Newsweek,movie critic David Ansen said “… Litefoot, a Cherokee rap artist with no acting experience, is a delightful discovery. That [Scardino and Litefoot] generate such a convincing bond is no mean feat: the trick perspective required them to play all their scenes together solo. Their friendship is the film’s most indelible special effect.”
Since his debut, Litefoot has appeared in films such as Mortal Kombat Annihilation and Adaptation, as well as television shows CSI: Miami and House of Cards. Litefoot hit the entertainment scene in 1991, when he became the first American Indian rap artist with the release of The Money E.P. on his own recording label, Red Vinyl Records. He has won both “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” honors from the Native American Music Awards. His music recently became available on iTunes.
Litefoot is also an accomplished writer and sought-after speaker, as well as an entrepreneur. His book, the Medicine of Prayer, is also available for purchase on his website, www.litefoot.com. He currently serves as President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, a non-profit that assists American Indian Tribes and entrepreneurs with business and economic development.
The many accomplishments of Gary “Litefoot” Davis led to him being honored as a SevenStar award winner by the Cherokee National Historical Society. Litefoot, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is receiving the award under the category of Contemporary Achievement. The SevenStar Gala is taking place this Saturday night (September 26th) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my own people to advance our rich history and culture,” Litefoot said. “My entire career has been devoted to empowering Native American people and recognizing our many accomplishments, and I hope to continue to play this most important role for many years in the future.”
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