announcing public media fund & creative shorts fellowship may 2024

public media indigenous stories

We are happy to announce our Public Media Fund and Creative Shorts Fellowship Award Recipients receiving 2024 funding. Three (3) Public Media Fund projects and one (1) Creative Shorts Fellowship project totaling $115,000 in funding support.


Khalil Hudson


Indigenous wisdom

A documentary series that explores Indigenous wisdom and time-tested strategies from various culture-bearers to reflect on lessons learned and how the public can spur progress.



Bryant High Horse, Jr.

(Sicangu Lakota)

oyate woyaka

Original Lakota Speakers work to preserve the Lakota language and culture.



Peter Chelkowski

one with the whale - aghvelek

A heartwarming story about a St. Lawrence Yupik teen who rebuilds his identity after a series of cruel online attacks from animal rights activists.


the next generation of vision makers

Fellow: Emma Barrow (Cherokee)

other plans

A Cherokee woman fights to protect her niece from an unlawful adoption by her white grandparents as she reckons with feeling distant from her own culture.

Mentor: Dylan Brodie

Empowering Native Storytellers 

Vision Maker Media. The Premiere Source of Indigenous Knowledge through film and media.  

We work with VMM funded producers to develop, produce, and distribute programs for public media. VMM supports training to increase the number of Native Americans and Alaska Natives producing films.

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.