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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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With the great support of the Vision Maker Media Producer Opportunity Fund, I traveled to Agadir, Morrocco to participate in the 6th Annual Amazigh International Film Festival. While in attendance, I was also given three film classes to instruct.

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Last month I joined Lakota Language Consortium (LLC) linguist and executive director Wil Meya and dozens of other Vision Maker Media-supported documentary producers in Minneapolis, MN for a lively series of workshops, and the chance to attend the incredible annual conference of the National Alliance for Media and Culture.

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I attended the Vision Maker Media's Producers Workshop in Minneapolis in early September. This was my first time in the workshop. 

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First off the trip was amazing... I met so many creative minds producing great stories for Native America. I was honored and priviledge to give a presentation at the Vision Maker Media Producers Conference. It was nerve racking but exciting. My deliverables were and are still underway. However, I still found the conference to be very useful and well rounnded. I was informed on lots of project and happenings. I think the best thing was meeting all these producers who are passionate about their work.

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Thanks again to the great Vision Maker Media staff for putting on the Workshop! It provided tons of useful insights into film-project planning and marketing. We can't wait to start putting some of it into action. Also, it was great meeting everyone and hearing about all your projects! I think there was a lot of mutual-inspiration happening and some of these connections will definitely be revisited.

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Minneapolis - What an amazing city with an incredible amount of culture and arts. I had a brilliant time filled with exploration, excitement and discovery. My experiences in this great city affected me on both a personal and professional level. In retrospect, the core and foundation of my entire belief system was hit with a massive wallop.

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I was recently invited to attend the Vision Maker Media Producer Workshop in Minneapolis that was hosted as well by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC).

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My husband and co-Producer Evon Peter and I had the honor of attending the recent Vision Maker Media Producer Workshop and National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our film We Breathe Again was selected for Vision Maker Media funding support recently and we were then invited to attend this Producers Workshop and conference. The entire trip was greatly informative, both inside and outside the workshops.

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We screened Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge on five different occasions at a total of four different venues both on and off the Pine Ridge Reservation in May 2012. The goal of this project was to have a dialogue with students and teachers about our film. Did we hit the mark? Did we miss it? Did we film in a culturally competent manner? During the screenings we were able to have fruitful conversations with students about how we could improve on our storytelling techniques in the future.

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With support from an Vision Maker Media producer fund, Prairie Dust Films was able to bring Producer Debra White Plume to Chicago to participate in a series of events "From Pine Ridge to Chicago". The goal of the event was to connect those involved in the difficult work to protect Mother Earth from environmental destruction both on Native lands and in Chicago. To support our youth mentorship initiative on Pine Ridge, the Lakota Media Project, we organized opportunities for advancement and collaboration with media organizations and institutions.

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I recently attended imagineNative where my film, Up Heartbreak Hill, had its Canadian premiere. The festival was amazing – it ran from Oct. 19 – 23 in Toronto and was a whirlwind of films, panels and networking opportunities. The festival kicked off with a screening of On the Ice and The Country of Wolves, which were both phenomenal. At the opening night party, I had the chance to chat with a number of Khoi-San filmmakers and artists, who were there as a part of the delegation representing South Africa’s indigenous community.

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