And Now We Rise

Documentary | Mary Katzke

And Now We Rise is a portrait of Samuel Johns, a young Athabaskan hip hop artist, founder of the Forget Me Not Facebook Group for displaced people in Alaska, and activist for a cultural renaissance as he heals from his own legacy of historical trauma.

57 minutes

Release: September 14, 2019

Expiration: September 13, 2023

Distributor: NETA

NOLA: ANWR 0000 H1

RIGHTS: Unlimited releases over four years beginning 9/14/19; SCH/1YR;

linear live streaming and non-commercial cable rights granted.

Mary Katzke

MARY KATZKE is currently a 2018 Rasmuson Fellow in Media Arts and has been writing and directing films since she graduated from the Radio-Television-Film School at the University of Texas, Austin. After a summer trip to Alaska, she began producing documentaries formed Affinityfilms, Inc., a non-profit production company dedicated to the production of social issues films. Her first film, No Word for Rape, was an award-winning documentary film about sexual assault in urban and rural Alaska.

Nara Garber

Director of Photography
NARA GARBER (A.B. Harvard College; MFA Columbia School of the Arts) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker with an abiding belief in the power of moving images to increase understanding and enrich the human experience. Specializing in intimate, verité storytelling, Nara’s award-winning debut feature, Flat Daddy, enjoyed a two-year run in the UK on PBS America.

Todd Hardesty

TODD HARDESTY has enjoyed a varied career in radio, television and film. He has edited more than two dozen documentaries featured on international, national and local cable and broadcast outlets. Todd is also an Emmy winning cinematographer, who’s wide ranging projects allowed him to document many diverse subjects. Projects include “The Village” a documentary he filmed and edited about life along the White Nile of South Sudan featured on National Geographic’s website. A journey on the Urabamba river in Peru, highlighting the world’s “river people,” led to a featured segment on PBS’s NewsHour Weekend.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.