Jonny Cournoyer


Jonny Cournoyer

Jonny Cournoyer is a multi-disciplinary artist with a primary focus on moving and still imagery. In Fall 2014, he is premiering his debut documentary, Across the Creek, presented by Vision Maker Media with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and based on contemporary visions of the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Jonny is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. A musician as well, his compositions have appeared in both short and feature films as well as numerous episodes of Sesame Street. In addition to media creation, Jonny is also a fine artist and photographer and has worked extensively in the fine art world both in exhibitor and curator roles as well as still photographer on numerous Hollywood productions. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Sundance Institute Time Warner Producer Fellowship. He is based in Los Angeles, California.

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Rosebud Sioux, Sicangu Lakota
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I took away many things from Minneapolis this past September. Firstly, I really enjoyed being there with my partner in this film together. not only did we tackle some some issues and hurdles with our current cut from twenty thousand feet over Colorado, we had each other to springboard points and issues that emerged during the workshop. We were touched that Vision Maker Media was happy to have us both there and I think my partner Christian especially was able to offer some technical insights to the group too.

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I recently attended the Media for Change workshop in Santa Fe, NM hosted by Vision Maker Media and was a part of the Media-Maker’s group. The bulk of the first session was led by Molly Murphy of Working Films who gave an in-depth presentation of what their campaigns consist of. She offered insight and tips on how filmmakers should approach Working Films and similar companies and pitch their projects correctly and in turn what benefits they can reap from the collaboration.

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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.