Mighty Minneapolis

Mighty Minneapolis

Tracy Rector, M. Ed., impact producer for DAWNLAND and the Upstander Project. She is a mixed race filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media.

Date Posted: 
2012-10-19 00:00

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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.

I have had the good fortune to be involved with Vision Maker Media since 2005 and have been able to witness the growth and dedication of this organization in developing Native talent and stories. From my perspective their vision is paying off as demonstrated by a room of vibrant, diverse and talented voices wanting to share authentic and important stories.

We were walked through the logistics of producing for Vision Maker Media as well as guided in some very direct tools and resources for educational materials, social networking and new media. After our workshop we had the opportunity to attend the NAMAC Conference to further our understanding of media resources.

I felt very intrigued to explore trans media concepts and the impacts that this new form of enhanced documentary storytelling might impact our film production Clearwater but for Native community based storytelling in general.

In all, I am incredibly grateful for the experience and for having the time to bond with my peers in this field. I know that we all came away with a strengthened sense of community and direction as well as some new resources for the future. For upcoming trainings, I can see that a day of project sharing and critique would be valuable. It is such a unique opportunity to have so many creative thoughtful minds together it would be invaluable to capitalize on this moment.

Thank you Vision Maker Media staff and fellow filmmakers for a great experience!

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