Media projects awarded

Jan-Mar 2023

Public Media Fund and Creative Shorts Fellowship

Award Recipients

Vision Maker Media funds eight (8) Public Media Fund projects and three (3) Creative Shorts Fellowship projects totaling $663,638 in funding support.

Throughout the year, submissions are processed for panel review in the following rounds:

1. March 31
2. June 30
3. September 30, and
4. December 31

All funded projects are approved by the Vision Maker Media Board of Directors, followed by an announcement. Quarter 2 funding totals $577,430 for the Public Media Fund and $86,208 for the Creative Shorts Fellowship. The Vision Maker Media Public Media Fund provides restricted funding for film and media projects meant for public television.

We are vision makers: public media indigenous stories


Marial Martyn

red power: the clyde warrior story

The influential life of Clyde Warrior, a trailblazer in reawakening the Indigenous mind and American Indian activism who founded RED POWER.

Supporting PRODUCTION.


James Anaquad Kleinert


Native horse

A three-part limited documentary series that tells the history of America through the evolution of the horse.

Supporting PRODUCTION.


Colin Rosemont

nihunavea: my heart, my center

A collective tribal story of coming home–a 21st century creation story from Native California. 

Supporting PRODUCTION.


Mary Katzke

Justice delayed

The moving personal story of Alaska Native Billi Jean Miller and her fight for justice after her twin sister was brutally murdered in 2019. 

Supporting PRODUCTION.


Gemma Lockhart

(Oceti Sakowin)

woman in the nation

A Lakota & Moravian woman wages six years of selfless battle against agencies ofgovernment to protecther land and family.  



Jacob Schwitzer

(Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin)

Menominee homecoming

A young member of the Menominee diaspora returns home with their family to help produce the annual August pow-wow and help set up the annual Menominee culture camp for teens.  

Supporting NEW MEDIA.


Margaret Jacobs

the land returns

A growing grassroots movement of restitution and reconciliation. 



Kevin Abourezk

(Rosebud Sioux Tribe)


Jeff Bieber

Heartbeat of Wounded knee

An episodic documentary that tells the true story of American Indians who fight for their sovereignty, their culture, their language, and their dignity.

Supporting PRODUCTION.


Steven Hoggard

Next generation of vision Makers: creative short indigenous stories

Stolen Home

Fellow: Steven H. Tallas (Navajo)

A Native American constable eviction officer is forced to confront his own identity and heritage when he is tasked with evicting a struggling Native American family.

Goat Song

Fellow: Alana Tiikpuu Walker (Nez Perce)

After insulting the trickster Coyote, an Indigenous man must navigate a dangerous Spirit World to return to his ancestral home.

Ghost dance

Fellow: Dave Swallow (Lakota Sioux)

A young woman and her anthropologist uncle investigate strange lights over the Badlands of Pine Ridge Reservation. 

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.


Project 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.