Who will become NWIC’s Frybread Champion?

A June 7 frybread competition will precede the “More Than Frybread” showing

On June 7, participants will compete for the title of NWIC Frybread Champion.

The competition will no doubt be tough. One of the competitors is reigning frybread royalty – Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Vice President for Campus Development, Dave Oreiro was named Frybread King after an NWIC cook-off several years ago.

Everyone is invited to the competition, which will take place at 3 p.m. in the covered area next to the NWIC Bookstore (Building 13). Competitors will have already prepared their frybread, which will then be judged by the competition audience and a group of judges – including filmmaker Travis Hamilton who wrote and directed the movie “More Than Frybread.”

Two awards will be given. The judges’ choice winner will receive five free tickets to the NWIC showing of “More Than Frybread” and an official “More Than Frybread” apron. The audience choice winner will receive two free tickets to the film.

The film will show at 6:30 p.m. the day of the competition. On that day only, students, staff, faculty and the community will have a chance to view the underground Native movie sensation and visit with the film’s writer and director.

The film tells the funny and fictional story of the First Annual Arizona Frybread Championship competition between the 22 tribes of Arizona. Each sends their local champion to compete for the coveted title of Arizona Frybread Champion. 

“More Than Frybread” has already had an amazing reception around the country at numerous film festival and reservation screenings.

“More Than Frybread” will show at NWIC’s cafeteria and will be followed by a panel discussion with the writer and director. Tickets will cost $5 for students and $8 for non-students, and are available for presale and at the door. Refreshments, including frybread, will be sold at the event.

“More Than Frybread” is the fourth narrative feature film from Holt Hamilton. Hamilton, who is based out of Mesa, continues to tell unique and modern day stories about Native America. Holt Hamilton Productions also produced “Turquoise Rose,” “Blue Gap Boy’z,” and “Pete & Cleo.”

For more information about the film screening or the frybread competition, contact Victoria Retasket at vretasket@nwic.edu or (360) 392-4233.