Leighton C. Peterson, Ph.D.


Leighton C. Peterson, Ph.D.

Leighton is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Miami University and a producer for TricksterFilms.  Leighton was the producer of the documentary films Weaving Worlds and Columbus Day Legacy both award winning films produced for US public television. He is the author of several journal articles engaging Native American media, film, and linguistic vitality.  Leighton produced the documentary film Weaving Worlds for public television, co-produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Vision Maker Media (NAPT). He was also Executive Producer and voice over talent for Bennie Klain’s award-winning short Yada Yada (Sundance), which premiered on the groundbreaking PBS series ColorVision. Leighton is producing Apache Scouts and Roadman.

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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.

The Media for Change workshop held by Vision Maker Media brought to light many of the challenges facing both educators and independent producers today. However, there seems to be a disconnect between the needs and desires of educators, the model of the independent producer engaged in content creation for public television, and the shifting realities of funding and distribution.




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