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Kyle, South Dakota- I strolled into my first day of the Rolling REZ Arts Film Camp at Piya Wiconi not quite sure what to expect. Advertised as “a crash course in documentary-style filmmaking,” the film camp was aimed at young creatives wanting to...
Q. Why is it important to have films created, written, and produced by Natives in today’s media? A. Looking from the outside in doesn't tell the whole story. Films created, written and produced by Native filmmakers tell the story from the inside out...
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...
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Food is my final addiction frontier. Unlike alcohol, drugs and smoking, however, it is a stubborn presence that will remain a part of life forever.
This session was presented as a three-hour clinic. We began our session with introductions and a question prompt of “What is ‘home’?” Each participant shared, with one even highlighting that where she lived wasn’t her ‘home’. This was a perfect...
We were invited by Producer Debra White Plume to present our current project and train participants on media activism as part of the Moccassins on the Ground 3-day frontline activism training, which took place in Manderson, SD in March.
What does Growing Native mean to you? This is a question we posed to the Growing Native Advisory Council as we went through pre-production. The answers we received were varied, but connected – it’s growing us as a people in a way that sustains us as...
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The month of February found me back at the Ponca tribal community of White Eagle working with the students to create a video for the American Graduate Film festival. The video is to address the festival theme is, the dropout crisis in America. The...
As a relatively new member of the Vision Maker Media board of directors, I have been on a steep learning curve. I am so honored to have the opportunity to explore the whole arena of public television and film development for Native people,...
Hensci! This February, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel up to Alaska to film the latest episode of Growing Native. This trip would be the first of two as host Chris Eyre explores Alaska and all its Native cultures has to offer. I’m sure...
Even though nearly all of 1973 America knew of the occupation of the little village of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation and came to know of the atrocious conditions under which many of the Lakota people lived out their lives, time has...
As an Alaska Native woman passionate about seeking protections for the land and indigenous people of our state, I find the life of Elizabeth Peratrovich truly inspiring. For this woman, to stand up and speak her heart and mind in a room full of...
The production team for the upcoming Vision Maker Media series Growing Native recently came together to put the finishing touches on the Northwest episode. Chris Eyre (Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho) stopped by our offices in Lincoln, Nebraska on his way...
The Vision Maker Media/NAMAC conference began the following day and I was honored to hear from some amazing folks at Vision Maker Media. I will post some of the pictures I took with a quick note about what the speaker offered/said.
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A New Year often brings new beginnings, and 2013 is no exception for our organization. After much review and discussion over the past year, we're now officially Vision Maker Media. We hope you're as excited for the name change as much as we are!

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