Daniel Golding


Daniel Golding

Daniel Golding graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University receiving a BA in Film Production and a minor in American Indian Studies. He started Hokan Media Productions (www.hokanmedia.com) in 1997 as a means to produce social issue documentary and narrative films. His films have screened both nationally and internationally. His film credits include When the Fire Dims, a 17 minute narrative about the destructive nature of alcohol, which premiered 1998 Sundance Film Festival and is distributed through New Day Films, Honoring Kumat, a 14 minute documentary about the protection of sacred sites through the use Quechan tribal religion, beliefs and stories, Investing in the Health of our Future Generations, a 12 minute informational film about the history and services of the American Indian Health Center in Oakland California, Over the Mountains, 30 minute documentary on the Bishop Paiute tribe’s retracing the ceremonial trade route over the Sierra Nevada mountains, Journey From Spirit Mountain, 35 minute documentary on the Quechan Lightning Songs, Waila! Making the People Happy, a 30 minute documentary on Chicken Scratch, the contemporary dance music of the southern Arizona Indian tribes, which received funding from Vision Maker Media and ITVS and has premiered nationally on PBS April 2009.

Golding is currently in post-production on his latest documentary, Song of The Hokan: The Traditional Music of the Tribes Along the Colorado River, which examines the music of the Colorado River Tribes, discussing the meanings and issues around preserving the songs. He is currently in research and development on his latest film, chasing Voices: The Story J.P. Harrington and the Native Language Revitalization Movement. Mr. Golding has produced many work-for-hire social issue documentaries, public relations and public service videos for different tribes and non-profit organizations, such as Cocopah Tribe, Yuma AZ, Friendship House Treatment Facility, San Francisco CA, Owens Valley Career Development, Bishop CA, Yakama Nation, Yakima WA, California Manpower Consortium, Sacramento CA, Native American Health Center, Oakland CA, Morongo Tribal TANF, Banning CA and Indian Child & Family Services, Temecula CA.  He recently participated in the prestigious 2010 WGBH-Boston Producers Workshop. He also teaches hands-on digital filmmaking workshops to at-risk tribal youth, through Hokan Media Digital Filmmaking Academy.

Golding is a traditional singer and is involved in a master apprentice language program with his uncle. He is an enrolled member of the Quechan Indian Nation located in Winterhaven, CA and is currently based in Yuma Arizona.    

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The conference was a hit. This was the first time I attended the National Native Media Conference and I was excited to see what Native people are doing across the country to bring news from Indian Country. The first day of the conference, Vision Maker Media-funded producers and staff had their own session to discuss the challenges to producers of content for public television. Some of the topics discussed were deliverables for public television, using social media to engage audiences, and VMM's commitment to serving the needs of Native Communities.

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Just wanted to post a message regarding the 1st Vision Maker Media Media For Change event in Santa Fe, NM. I have to say that I really enjoyed the program and it was good to see old friends and meet new ones. I found this event to particularlly interesting because of how media is changing. It's no longer about just delivering a completed movie, but now it's about  how to extend the life of that program by using new media, such as the internet, apps, online gaming, etc.

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