Dan Bigbee

Dan Bigbee

Director Dan Bigbee (Comanche) and producer and screenwriter Lily Shangreaux (Oglala Lakota) co-founded BIG Productions in 1993. They produced the self-government segment of Who We Are, a short film which screens daily at the Lelawi Theater at NMAI in Washington, DC, and Surviving Strong, a short documentary about the 2004 Grand Opening of NMAI on the National Mall. Their PBS documentary, The Great American Footrace, was honored as Best Documentary at the 2004 Cherokee Film Festival and Best Public Television Entry at the 2003 Great Plains Film Festival.

Bigbee has served as the president of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma and as a panelist evaluating funding proposals for Independent Television Services (ITVS). He became interested in documentary in 1976, as the cataloguer of the Native American Videotape Archives for the Bicentennial Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Bigbee received an Associate's Degree in fine art from Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and attended the U.S. Naval School of Photography. He grew up in Oklahoma and Alemaya, Ethiopia.

Job Title: 
Director
Tribal Affiliation: 
Comanche
Short Film Production Funding 2020
Public Media Fund 2020
Vision Maker Media Internship 2020
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