Torsten Kjellstrand


Torsten Kjellstrand

Torsten Kjellstrand has a rich history of documenting stories in underrepresented and misrepresented communities in both photographs and film. His documentary film Finding Refuge explores the efforts of one Alutiiq/Sugpiaq woman to reconnect with her present culture by confronting a brutal event in the colonization of her people on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Finding Refuge was broadcast on public television through NETA, and has won awards in several festivals. Kjellstrand is a Professor of Practice at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, and has been a National Photographer of the Year, a Fulbright Scholar to study comparative literature at Uppsala University in Sweden, and a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

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By the time we got to Minneapolis for the Vision Maker Media conference a while back, Jamie and I had already had enough dealings with Vision Maker Media to expect to be gracefully and efficiently guided to a better understanding of how we, and our company Dog Mountain LLC, could make our film Finding Refuge better. We also expected to learn about how we could more effectively find more funding and build on the trailer we’ve created.