Leighton C. Peterson


Leighton C. Peterson

Leighton is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Miami University and a producer for TricksterFilms and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT). Leighton is the producer of the documentary film Weaving Worlds. Leighton’s academic work engages the practice and study of indigenous media and language, and his 2006 dissertation “Technology, Ideology, and Emergent Communicative Practices among the Navajo” won the Outstanding Dissertation Award at the University of Texas at Austin and was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner‐Gren Foundation. He is the author of several journal articles engaging Native American media, film and linguistic vitality, including the forthcoming article “Reel Navajo: The Linguistic Creation of Indigenous Screen Memories” in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Leighton produced the feature documentary film Weaving Worlds for public television, coproduced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with NAPT. He was also producer of Bennie Klain’s 35 mm narrative short film Share the Wealth which premiered at the Smithsonian Native American Film + Video Festival in New York. He was also executive producer and voice over talent for Klain’s award‐winning short Yada Yada (Sundance), which premiered on the groundbreaking PBS series ColorVision.

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Whenever Vision Maker Media gathers its producers and content creators in one place, it is always very inspiring.  What a wonderful way to keep up with the latest awesome projects in the production pipeline. The Vision Maker Media Producers Workshop provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss works in progress, as well as best practices for multiplatform and online engagement, an area of increasing import in public television productions.

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