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I will be going to SXSW Interactive this year to moderate the panel "Popping Your Bubble: Stories of the Digital Divide". While I am there I will also be live tweeting information I learn at the pre-conference meeting of public media geeks (a.k.a...
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The Super Bowl for me and my family this year was not a big deal. Although I have always been a big fan and it was my favorite sport to play growing up, I was not a big fan of either team (New England Patriots or the New York Giants). I do...
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Who wouldn't want to be against piracy? But the legislation before Congress today, goes too far. The "Stop Online Piracy Act" and the "Protect IP Act" could fundamentally change the Internet, as we know it—limiting the openness and creativity of the...
This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first experience with the Sundance Film Festival. As a senior in High school in 2002, I had the honor of being selected to participate in the Gen-Y Studio, a former program that gave young filmmakers the...
Vision Maker Media seeks stories that can be included in the seven-part series, Growing Native, which will focus on reclaiming traditional knowledge and food ways to address critical issues of health and wellness, the environment and human rights.
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A very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season to you all! One of the best things I’ve enjoyed as a journalist is the opportunity to learn how many folks – including native people – ring in the Yuletide cheer. I remember a Yankton Sioux...
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I recently attended imagineNative where my film, Up Heartbreak Hill , had its Canadian premiere. The festival was amazing – it ran from Oct. 19 – 23 in Toronto and was a whirlwind of films, panels and networking opportunities. The festival kicked...
In 2004, thirteen Indigenous grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering in Phoenicia, New York. At this event, they decided to form an alliance called "The International Council...
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I had the opportunity to interview Frank Blythe, who is my grandpa and Founding Executive Director of Vision Maker Media, as well as my mom, Francine Blythe, who is Executive Director of the National Geographic All Roads Film Project. The three of...
I just finished reading an article by Cheryl Crazy Bull on behalf of Indian Country Today Media Network . The article, entitled "Education is Key to Prosperity," really struck a chord with me, and I must say that I whole-heartedly agree. Ms. Bull...
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This past Saturday was the world premiere of my documentary The Thick Dark Fog at the 36th annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Walter Littlemoon, the subject of the film, and his wife Jane Ridgway were in attendance. Full house at...
After attending the NETA conference in Kansas City October 19-20, 2011, I came away with lots of great ideas and motivation on how to promote, produce and bring stories of diverse backgrounds and experiences to public television audiences. The...
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Getting together with a group of thoughtful, determined media makers to discuss the future is always a meaningful experience. Add a group of top-notch educators into the mix and what you have is something special. That’s what happened last month...
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I received valuable professional information about working as a documentary producer during the Media for Change workshop with Molly Murphy from Working Films on August 19 of this year. I am fundamentally a writer, director, cinematographer and...
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...

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