Documentary filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell (Mohawk) comes from the Kahnawake reserve just outside Montreal. Her first documentary, Little Caughnawaga: To Brooklyn and Back, has screened widely at festivals, winning Best Feature Documentary at the 2008 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. In 2006, on the basis of this script, Tarbell was selected to participate in Tribeca All Access, a program of the Tribeca Film Institute that provides a forum where film industry executives can meet with independent filmmakers. Tarbell began her work as a filmmaker on projects directed by Paul Rickard of Mushkeg Media in Montreal. She continues to work with Mushkeg, which produced her documentary, and recently directed a documentary on the Sami language for the group’s on-going series on indigenous languages, Finding Our Talk, now in its third season on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Tarbell is on the staff of the Film and Video Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She lives in Brooklyn, not far from the neighborhood of Little Caughnawaga.
"I think if you're destined to tell a story it will find you somehow. Telling the story about my family and my community was, at the same time, the most challenging and most rewarding time of my life."
Source: Native Networks