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Bigfoot and the Burtons PREMIERES ON SHOWTIME

Tuesday May 1, 2018

Selling this film to SHOWTIME is a big feat for Jupiter J. Makins.  The micro budget film made with less than $150k and was Jupiter's directorial and producing debut.  A family movie for parents to enjoy with older kids as it has some scary moments that but don't stay scary for long and all turn out positively, Bigfoot and the Burtons was made in an 80s style.

The Native Society Interview with Jupiter J. Makins

April 25, 2018

The Native Society is an online Positive Perspective Platform that shares the authentic native voice of their interviewees.

Round Table Interview With Screenwriters

InkTip Magazine

October 2017

Jupiter J. Makins is one of five screenwriters interviewed for InkTip Magazine's Special Edition.  Find out her answers to questions like "How do you get through writer's block?"

New film fights bullying; provokes thoughts on prevention, intervention and consequences


October 6, 2017

On Thursday night, Oct. 5, a group of Yavapai College students and other community leaders and residents attended a red carpet premiere of the poignant film, “Bully Fighters.” The 30-minute production ends with jurors debating the verdict, with the audience left to figure out their answer....



TORONTO, October 2, 2017Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce the selected participants of the OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund Futures program. The OMDC IDM Fund Futures program provides potential funding applicants (companies and individuals) with the skills required to fast-track their knowledge acquisition and enhance the competitiveness of their company when applying to the OMDC’s Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Concept Definition and Production programs.

The selected participants are: Avaah Blackwell and Jupiter J. Makins, 3.4.5.; ....

Canada Kids Film Festival

Bigfoot and the Burtons to Close Canada Kids Film Festival


Bigfoot and the Burtons was selected by Canada Kids Film Festival as one of the feature films to be shown.  Bigfoot and the Burtons will show on Sunday September 24th at 4pm.  


A Community Conversation About Bullying

Educational Channel Dare County

March 2017


A panel of education leaders discuss bullying in the schools and community. Utilizing clips from the film, "Bully Fighters", interviews with the film's producers, and comments from panelists, the program hopes to start a dialogue about bullying in our community.

Men 101:


Rogers TV

November 2016


Producer and actress of Bully Fighters talks on Men 101 about the film and the movement.  She addresses the affects of bullying and most importantly what needs to be done to help put an end to this epidemic that has now surpassed obesity for the leading child health concern.

Press Release

Bigfoot Sighting in Toronto, See This Mysterious Creature on November 20th at the Royal Cinema

Pennant Media Group

November 2016


Heartwarming family film, Bigfoot and the Burtons, will screen in theatre in Toronto.  Similar in tone to heart-felt feature films like E.T. and Free Willy, Bigfoot and the Burtons, was created for the kids of the 80’s who now have children of their own.


Award Winning Film Aims at Fighting Bullying

Fox Wavy 10 Newport News with Andy Fox

October 2016


Reporter Andy Fox discusses what can be done to stop bullying with Bully Fighters film producers, Jupiter J. Makins and Patricia Mckenzie along with founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence (NVPCV), Bobby Kipper.  Bully Fighters with the support of NCPCV kicks of a major initiative in the US during Bullying Awareness Month.

Can 'Bully Fighters' make a difference?

Outer Banks Sentinel News by Mark Jurowitz

October 2016


Filmmakers Jupiter J. Makins and Patricia Mckenzie discuss what the film Bully Fighters means to them and what they hope to achieve by bringing it into schools and communities across America.

Virginia Tech to host screening of short film 'Bully Fighters,' which hopes to change laws

Virginia Tech News written by Steven Mackay

September 2016

With the support of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, Virginia Tech University and community leaders, Bully Fighters will launch in America as it begins its movement to compel conversation and change.  Discover who is on the panel and what is being said on the topic and about the film.


Bigfoot Sighting In Monrovia, California See This Mysterious Creature on September 4th, 2016 

Makins Entertainment

September 2016

Writer, director, producer of Bigfoot and the Burtons, Jupiter J. Makins is nominated for Best Female Filmmaker at the Action on Film Festival in California.  The two young leads, Tristan Culbert and Michelle Bailey are also nominated for Best Young Performers in a feature at the festival. 

3rd Annual FOLCS Highlights

Time Warner Theatre 

November 2014


Highlights from the top seven films selected from around the world at the prestigious FOLCS Film Festival including Bully Fighters which won Audience Favorite.  The Forum on Law, Culture and Society (FOLCS) Film Festival has hosted an affluent list of guests during their festivals such Bill Clinton, Larry King and Susan Sarandon to name a few.  The short film part of the festival selects a small number of entries from hundreds of films entered around the world on social issues to showcase at the festival.

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