Dale Rood to Speak on Oneida Nation’s Four Directions Productions

October 27, 2010

Dale Rood to Speak on Oneida Nation’s Four Directions Productions

October 26, 2010

Dale Rood, a member of the Oneida Indian Nation’s Council and the director of studio operations for Four Directions Productions, will present the next Syracuse University Library Associates lecture on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, located on the first floor of Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Rood will provide a brief history of the Oneida Indian Nation and Four Directions Productions, the Oneida Nation’s video and animation production house. Four Directions is one of the first production studios wholly owned by American Indians. Rood will discuss the rationale behind creating such an enterprise and how it has helped tell the story of the Oneida Nation.

Since 1994, the Oneida Indian Nation has been investing in technology, staff and other resources to make its enterprises and services leaders in their fields. Four Directions Productions is a high-end animation and multimedia production house that specializes in 3D animation, HD cinematography and interactive projects to help develop, produce and distribute original film and television projects with an American Indian touch.

Its work includes a PSA with Graham Greene for Disney ABC; a tribute video for prima ballerina Maria Tallchief for the Producers Guild of America; an animated children’s story for the Oneida Indian Nation; and the “World of American Indian Dance,” an hour-long documentary on the beauty of American Indian dancing. The group’s first 3D animated short “Raccoon and Crawfish,” a retelling of the ancient Oneida legend, has won numerous honors worldwide and was screened at the Cannes Festival in May 2008.

This event is sponsored by Syracuse University Library Associates, a society devoted to the enrichment of the Syracuse University Library and the greater Syracuse community. The society is supported by members who share an interest in books, learning and the preservation of knowledge.