A Wonderful Exchange of Story and Creativity

A Wonderful Exchange of Story and Creativity

Jill Momaday is a mother, an actor and a writer. She is working on a documentary film about her family and heritage. She is the daughter of N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Date Posted: 
2012-09-22 00:00

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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).

I traveled from Santa Fe, NM with part of my film making team, Blackhorse Lowe. We arrived into the downtown city in the evening and attended a wonderful and festive Dinner Hosted by Vision Maker Media. At the restauraunt, not only did we dine on fabulous food, but we had an opportunity to meet some of the other film makers from across the country as well as various key people from Vision Maker Media.

The next morning we all attended the one day workshop at the hotel. The film makers had a chance to each introduce themselves and talk a little about their project. It was intersting to hear of the diverse,  unique and creative projects across the board.

The presentation was interesting and informative. I learned so much about Vision Maker Media that I did not know. It was helpful to have each of the presenters covering a different area of interest. Some of the things that were covered included Standard operational procedures of Vision Maker Media as well as production, broadcast  and marketing initiatives. Job and training opportunities as well as funding opportunities and educational components.

ITVS was also brought in via skype to give an informative presentation including a question and answer segment at the end. Adrian Baker and Billy Luther, both film makers, showed clips of their films and talked about the process of film making and their experiences. 

The NAMAC Conference provided a program of Media/Arts Expo where we were invited to sign up for various workshops, symposiums, lectures, tours and screenings.

Although there was a great amount of information for one day, the overall experience was very rewarding.  I made some good friends and had a great time talking to other film makers and people in the business. The networking opportunities were really wonderful and just getting to hear all of the interesting stories as well as sharing time together and creative exchange was the highlight. 

I am very happy and grateful (and much better informed) to have been invited to participate with so many wonderful and creative people in the Vision Maker Media Producer Workshop. Thank you to all!

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