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Vision Make Media hosted the first Media for Change Workshop focusing on documentary film and social issues held at the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This unique workshop for Native Media Makers and Educators...
Indian Country Today reported in their August 22, 2011, issue that a shunned Columbus statue may be erected in Puerto Rico. The controversial statue of Christopher Columbus, built 20 years ago, was intended to commerate the 500th anniversary of his...
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When I got the invitation to go to Santa Fe from Vision Maker Media to attend the Media For Change Workshop, I thought, “Oh yeah, Santa Fe during Indian Market? Never done that. I’m in.” So along with my girlfriend, Joyce, we arrived that Thursday...
Finally in Post-Production, I can see an end to five years of making my first feature documentary, My Louisiana Love . Now… how will the film help bring forth change for my best friend, co-producer, and main subject, Monique Verdin and her Houma...
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If ever there were a boot camp for emerging filmmakers, the folks at NALIP have laid the groundwork for how things might go: early mornings, late nights, constant networking, and in between, squeezing in sessions of proposal writing, film editing,...
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It was wonderful to have the chance to meet folks here. Thanks to everyone for the conversations and experience, and I look forward to keeping up the dialogue! Here are my notes: These suggestions concern how discussion guides and lesson plans might...
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The training was a wonderful opportunity for bringing educators and film & media makers together to learn from each other's worldview on education outreach through film/media. For the morning session, dividing each group up into professional...
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My head was swimming with ideas as I left the Media for Change Conference. As a college professor and a documentary producer for Wisconsin Public Television, I straddle both an academic world, where I try to grow the next generation of digital...
The workshop with Molly Murphy was excellent! -an amazing source of information and inspiration to direct great films toward powerful and meaningful social change. While I was familiar with Working Films, I honestly didn’t know to what degree they...
Last week, I attended Media for Change and it was a great experience. First off, a big thank you to Vision Maker Media for the opportunity to attend. The following is a recap of the first session of the conference.
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Several weeks ago I received a call from Vision Maker Media. The name alone was appealing, but then I learned it would be during Indian Market in Santa Fe. Would I want to join them? Hmmm…. Santa Fe during Indian Market, an event displaying...
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$15,0000. That was the magic number I had come up with. My documentary, “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101” had come to a complete halt when my funds dried up and I needed to get it finished. I estimated that I need $50k to deliver the final cut to submit...
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This past week, the Urban Indians crew finished up primary interviews in Denver and Durango. Soon, we will be off to a double roadtrip that takes us to Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Alburquerque & San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. We have concentrated...
Recently, I read a health article about 9 smart ways to keep your relationship healthy at any age. The following are a few of the recommendations that the website (Health.com) gave that stuck out to me.
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Urban Indians , formally called The Urbanization of American Indians, is in full production! We are exploring the complicated legacy of the US government's 1950s- 1970s assimilation policies that encouraged American Indians to leave their homelands...

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