short documentary i jordan dresser (Northern Arapaho) & sophie barksdale

WHO SHE IS tells the story of four individual women caught in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) epidemic. By bringing these missing women to life on screen, through animation and first-person storytelling, the documentary aims to humanize the people behind the statistics. Audiences will learn each woman’s loves and losses and will come to know their story. Through these women, the documentary hopes to shine a light on the wider MMIW epidemic and gendered violence in Wyoming and beyond.

27 minutes

Release: May 2, 2024

Expiration: May 1, 2027

Distributor: NETA


Rights: Unlimited releases over three (3) years beginning 5/2/24; Multicast: Unlimited Use/3 Years. Including

1 Year School Rerecord, Noncommercial Cable rights.


Jordan (Northern Arapaho) is currently the Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and lives on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He has a BA in journalism from the University of Wyoming and has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. In 2009, he became the Public Relations Officer for the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton, WY. During this time, Jordan produced a documentary film, Lived History: the Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum, which aired on Wyoming PBS. In 2016 he co-produced the documentary film What Was Ours (Alpheus Media/ITVS) about Wind River Reservation residents seeking to retrieve artifacts from The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and other locations. He has served as the Collect ions Manager at the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office working closely with the team in tribal repatriation efforts. Jordan played a key role as Associate Producer of Home From School: The Children of Carlisle (Caldera Productions, 2021). Who She Is will be his directorial debut film.


Since 2016 Sophie has been a producer with Caldera Productions, having relocated from Australia. Prior to Caldera Sophie worked for the Bord Scannan na h Eireann/the Irish Film Board and on film festivals in Australia, Ireland and the U.S., as well as for one of Australia’s premier cultural institutions, The National Gallery of Victoria. She has also spent time working with Handle Media and Music Recruitmen t in London and The Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments in Edinburgh. During her time with Caldera, Sophie has had a hand in all the Caldera Productions films, including Home From School: The Children of Carlisle (Independent Lens, 2021) and the Heartland Emmy nominee: The State of Equality (Wyoming PBS, 2019). Who She Is , will be her directorial debut and first foray into using animation.

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.