On behalf of the Smugglers of Light Foundation, we thank you for your generous assistance. Your donation will be utilized to maximum effect over the coming year in a number of exciting projects. The recipient of this years annual training foundation fellowship is Isaac Parsons from the Ngeamba nation, Brewarrina. We are pleased to offer Isaac our backing as he ventures into the next stage of his film making career studying Graduate Certificate Documentary at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
In April 2010, we proudly sponsored stage one of Step by Step in partnership with Desert Pea Media. Based in the flat country region of the Kamilaroi Nation in northwest NSW, this program aims to build a localized network of cultural media & storytelling groups around the region, offering long term & sustainable processes to educate, empower & advocate awareness of social & cultural issues.
The Aboriginal Justice / PI Boyz project, produced by the foundation (in partnership with Desert Pea Media) in 2009 has been very successful in drawing attention to the Doomadgee inquest and the plight of the Bwgcolman tribe on Palm Island Qld. The song is enormously popular on community radio throughout Australia & has been generating a steady stream of royalties for the foundation through commercial airplay.
In the Sydney Morning Herald (June 18th 2010), Palm Island resident Kiefer Walsh (PI Boyz) was quoted as saying that prior to writing this song “We spent our time smoking and breaking in and fighting and stuff like that”. But no more. “It got me out of trouble, and made me better. I started making music and it got me into school.” In May 2010 the PI Boyz, having never performed in public prior, received a standing ovation for their performance of Aboriginal Justice on the main stage at the Stylin’ Up Festival in Inala Brisbane to a crowd of over 10,000.
More information on these projects can be found on this website, which will be updated as developments occur. Most of our foundation funding is drawn from our immediate family, close friends & colleagues from the film & music industries. These are people who share a desire to support our work in indigenous communities.