Vision Maker Media Announces the Open Call Results for FY2012 Films Recommended for Funding


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Vision Maker Media Announces the Open Call Results for FY2012 Films Recommended for Funding

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2011-08-02 16:20

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Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media awards up to $500,000 combined annually to a select handful of production and research & development projects by filmmakers across the nation to produce documentaries for PBS stations.

“The goal of the open call is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” says Vision Maker Media Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We encourage Native Americans to take on significant creative leadership roles, such as director, producer and editor. We want Native voices to have creative control, and not just in an advisory capacity.”

Funding for the projects comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The five films recommended for funding from FY2012’s submissions include:

Producers: Bennie Klain (Navajo) & Leighton Peterson
Production Company: TricksterFilms, LLC
Status: Research & Development
A view of the Native American Church (NAC) through the lens of practicing Navajo roadmen, Roadman follows NAC spiritual leaders in Navajo land as they travel to the peyote fields in Texas, dealing with the Federal government and protecting their religious freedom from both Navajo and outside forces.

Apache Scouts: An Untold Story

Producer: Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache)
Status: Research & Development
The U.S. Army had little to no success subduing Apache bands of the Southwest until White Mountain Apaches enlisted as Army Scouts. The motive for this service was political strategy to secure homeland for posterity of White Mountain Apaches and had little to do with allegiance to the United States.

Rising Voices
Producer: Wilhelm Meya
Status: Research & Development
A nation-building issue in Indian Country is the rescue and revival of Native American languages. Lakota youth, in particular, are eager to re-appropriate the language and its embedded concepts of place, ethics, action and purpose on their own terms—sometimes in ways that clash with others expectations or the status quo.

My Louisiana Love
Producer: Sharon Hong
Status: Completion
A young, Native American woman returns to her Houma community in Southeast Louisiana to find a man-made environmental crisis threatening her people’s way of life. She must overcome the loss of her house, her father and her documentary partner and redefine the meaning of home.

The Dull Knifes: My Father and Me
Producer: Eli Cane
Status: Production
A mix of observational documentary and animation explore the experience of growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation through the eyes of fifteen-year-old George Dull Knife, over the course of a momentous and difficult year.

About Vision Maker Media:
Vision Maker Media, a non-profit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media—public television, public radio and the Internet—Vision Maker Media brings awareness of Indian and Alaska Native issues. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media—to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media is located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Vision Maker Media offers student employment, internships and fellowships. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native-produced media.



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