Dustinn Craig


Dustinn Craig

Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) grew up in Arizona, living in White River on the Fort Apache Reservation and later in Window Rock on the Navajo Reservation. As a teenager, Craig began making skateboarding videos of himself and his friends. But with fatherhood arriving early, he decided to create "something I hoped my kids would see and watch some day." This led to his short film I Belong to This, a personal documentary in the 2003 PBS documentary series Matters of Race. In 2005 he was awarded the National Video Resources Media Artists Fellowship for a documentary on skateboarding at Fort Apache, Ride through Genocide (working title).

Working in high-definition format, Craig has produced commissions for various cultural institutions and PBS. For the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, he developed a three-screen installation film as part of the museum's signature exhibition "Home: Native People in the Southwest." In 2007 he developed 4wheelwarpony, named after the skateboard company that he heads, as a media component of an installation piece in the NMAI and Heard's joint exhibition "Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World" (curators: Gerald McMaster and Joe Baker). It was selected for screening at numerous film festivals, and was screened as part of the 2009 NMAI exhibition Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America. It won Best Experimental in the 2008 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and honorable mention for Best Experimental at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Festival.

Craig’s first feature-length documentary, Geronimo, a production of WGBH’s 2009 American Experience series, We Shall Remain, provides a skillful reconsideration of historical interpretation. To film the dramatic reenactments of 19th-century events, he developed a unit of community-based actors. The work had its theatrical premiere at the 2008 Native Cinema Showcase. In 2009 Our Home, Our Stories: Short Films by Dustinn Craig, a compilation broadcast on Arizona Public Television, won a Bronze Telly award.

Craig lives in Mesa, Arizona, where he and his wife, writer Velma Kee Craig, are co-directors of the film company BetterOnes Productions.

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On September 5th through the 7th, Dustinn Craig and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Vision Maker Media Producers' Conference held in Minneapolis, MN. It is always inspirational to meet and network with other filmmakers, especially Native filmmakers, and to hear about their projects and how they juggle or attempt to juggle their lives and projects.

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I was fortunate enough to attend the 2011 Media for Change workshop in Santa Fe this past August nineteenth. After driving about eight hours from Mesa, Arizona to Santa Fe, New Mexico I had plenty of time to think about what the conference would expose me to. Content creators, educators and enthusiasts all converged at this gathering and it was especially interesting to observe how their needs and areas of interest could at times have such vast diff

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A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.


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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.