Rising Voices

57 Min | Documentary Feature | Lawrence Hott & Diane Garey

Rising Voices is the story about the imminent peril to the Lakota language. It braids together the struggles of Lakota to learn their tribal language today, the historical attempt by the United States to annihilate the language, the rise of immersion language schools, and the participation of outsiders in the rescue of the Lakota language. History is interwoven with present-day short films about the culture, created by Lakota filmmakers and artists.

Release: October 31, 2015

Renewed: October 31, 2023

Expiration: October 31, 2027

Distributor: APT


Rights: Renewed – Unlimited use over four (4) years beginning 10/31/2023;
SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights. Linear Live Streaming.

Unlimited releases over four (4) years beginning 10/31/2019

Unlimited releases over four (4) years beginning 11/01/2015

Lawrence Hott

LAWRENCE R. HOTT has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, and a George Foster Peabody Award, among others. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Director’s Guild of America. He has produced two dozen major documentaries for PBS broadcast.

Diane Garey

Producer/ Editor
DIANE GAREY shares ownership of Florentine Films/Hott Productions with her husband Larry Hott. Besides having received an Emmy, a Peabody, and an Academy Award nomination among numerous other honors, Diane Garey is a registered nurse. Her 1988 film, Sentimental Women Need Not Apply: A History

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.