Vision Maker Film Festival: March 10-13, 2016

Vision Maker Film Festival: March 10-13, 2016


Mark your calendar for the Sixth Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival, March 10-13, 2016, in Lincoln and Omaha. The festival will showcase works by Native filmmakers. More than a dozen Native guest speakers involved with the films being showcased also will attend.

March 10 - Omaha - A screening of Warrior Women opens the festival featuring the filmmakers.  

March 11 Lincoln - A reception at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Van Brunt Visitors Center (313 N. 13th St.) kicks off the three-day event in Lincoln. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided prior to two highly anticipated screenings at Riepma Ross Media Arts Center--The Dull Knifes: My Father & Me and Medicine Woman. Following the screenings will be Q&As with the filmmakers.

Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence - Peggy Berryhill (Muscogee), the founder of the Native Media Resource Center (NMRC), will be awarded the Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence at the Vision Maker Film Festival, March 10-13, 2016, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Founded in 1996, the NMRC produces content about Native Americans and promotes racial understanding and cross-cultural harmony. Peggy has been instrumental in organizing Native radio stations and independent producers throughout her career. Berryhill began broadcasting in 1973 at KPFA in Berkeley where she produced Living on Indian Time a weekly one-hour program focused on the Native community both local and national. She has been a Program Director at KUNM-FM, KPFA-FM, and KALW-FM, and is the only Native person to have worked as a full-time producer at National Public Radio (NPR) in the Specialized Audience Programs Department from 1978-79. She has won numerous awards for her documentary work including the Unity Award, the Cindy, the New York Festival, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and from the Native American Journalists Association.

Peggy's media expertise and commitment to community earned her the 2011 Bader Award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for her lifetime of commitment to Native Radio, Community radio and the inclusion of the voices of women and Indigenous communities in broadcasting. In 2005 she received the Local Heroes award from KQED-FM public broadcasting in San Francisco. Peggy is known for her vision as a Media Architect designing media and technology opportunities and solutions by collaborating with numerous public broadcasting and community organizations and institutions such as the Smithsonian American History and the National Museum of the American Indian. Peggy's work has been groundbreaking and she continues to expand her horizons and experiences. In 2014 Peggy was inducted into the Muscogee Nation Hall of Fame for her work. 

More than a dozen Native guest speakers involved with the films being showcased also will attend. Join us for this unique film event. Keep watching here for more details about other screenings and events.



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