Penelope Phillips


Penelope Phillips

Videomaker Penelope Phillips and her late husband David Schneiderman (1938-2003) have specialized in documentaries about indigenous art, emphasizing the values and skills individual artists bring to their work. Phillips is currently completing a documentary about Ulli Steltzer, a photographer who has published books on Native artists such as Bill Reid (Haida). An award-winning video editor for KTTV-Los Angeles, Phillips belongs to the Independent Documentary Association and the National Association of Broadcast Engineers. She studied at KTTV Broadcast Engineering School and San Francisco State University, and grew up in Orinda, California.

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I came away from the Vision Maker Media Producer Training NAMAC Conference in Minneapolis with a whirlwind of ideas and information and a deeper sense of belonging. Meeting and sharing with the other filmmakers, feeling their excitement about their work, sharing the joy of being at the conference, getting glimpses of their creative process, was both invigorating and life enhancing.



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