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On September 5th through the 7th, Dustinn Craig and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Vision Maker Media Producers' Conference held in Minneapolis, MN. It is always inspirational to meet and network with other filmmakers, especially Native filmmakers, and to hear about their projects and how they juggle or attempt to juggle their lives and projects.

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The NAMAC conference held in Minneapolis , MN was a success and most importantly fostered an atmosphere of collaboration  and encouragement. This was my first time to attend, and I would encourage participation.

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It's harvest time here in New Mexico and the abundance of traditionally grown foods are everywhere. I recently brought out a visiting scholar and artist Ron Bull from the Maori Tribe in New Zealand to visit the Tesuque Pueblo Farm. We were given a tour of the farm by Emigdio Ballon (Quechua) who is the head of the agricultural initiative at the farm. We watched local school children pick ripe apples, sampled blackberries and raspberries on their vines, saw the abundance of crops ready to be harvested from medicinal plants to traditional corn.

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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.

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This past September 5th through the 8th 2012, Vision Maker Media had their workshop in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were lucky to have great weather so walking through town to get to our destinations was enjoyable. Our dinner at the Oceanaire Seafood Room, where they served the best seafood I have ever eaten, was a great way to start our week with great food, company and conversation. The town is filled with great food venues and the views of the city were tremendous.

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The 2012 National Indian Education Association (NIEA) 43rd Annual Convention and Trade Show officially kicked off in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The theme for this year's convention was "Maintaining Traditions in a Digital Era.” It was a conference filled with exciting dialogue, inspiration, and sharing of innovative ideas for use in the classroom.

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This fall, Vision Maker Media brought together a large group of filmmakers for professional development and networking at the Vision Maker Media Producers Workshop 2012 and NAMAC Conference. This was my first time attending their training and gathering.

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Whenever Vision Maker Media gathers its producers and content creators in one place, it is always very inspiring.  What a wonderful way to keep up with the latest awesome projects in the production pipeline. The Vision Maker Media Producers Workshop provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss works in progress, as well as best practices for multiplatform and online engagement, an area of increasing import in public television productions.

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Minneapolis. The city of Mary Tyler Moore and Prince and the Revolution… and my Dad… back in the day. It had been years since I had set foot in the beautiful city: the air was great, not too cold – not too hot, great food everywhere. So after a small mishap at the Denver airport and our later then expected arrival, the team and I made our way down to the depths of Minneapolis and into an intense, information filled few days… and the most gigantic dinner I’ve had since the Jemez Feast Day!!

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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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