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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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The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 5-8, 2012 was a great experience for the Native American Media producers. Myself, as an aspiring educational media producer, this conference with Vision Maker Media brought together many creative media artists. I was able to meet some new friends and reconnect with old friends within the Native Media network of people.

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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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I took away many things from Minneapolis this past September. Firstly, I really enjoyed being there with my partner in this film together. not only did we tackle some some issues and hurdles with our current cut from twenty thousand feet over Colorado, we had each other to springboard points and issues that emerged during the workshop. We were touched that Vision Maker Media was happy to have us both there and I think my partner Christian especially was able to offer some technical insights to the group too.

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The corn is almost ready to harvest now and Northern New Mexican families are busy making the corn into chicos. Chicos are a traditional dried corn. They are made from field corn that is harvested, tied into ristras (strings), and hung to dry. Some Native American and Hispano families (that settled in this region hundreds of years ago) make chicos by roasting the corn in the horno adobe (earthen) oven overnight and then hang them to air-dry. After the corn is dried, the kernels are rubbed off by hand and then stored to be used throughout the winter.

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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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The Vision Maker Media producer workshop opened by eyes in more ways than one. We’ve been working on Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge for almost two years now. The film started as a web series, then it blossomed into a 1 hour program for potential distribution on PBS Plus. Now we have been given a green light for distribution on the National Programming Schedule.

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