"Daughter of a Lost Bird"

Wins at Woodstock film festival

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Film takes home two
Feature Documentary awards

“Daughter of a Lost Bird” Q&A at the 2021 Woodstock Film Festival.
From left: April Kowalski, filmmaker/writer Brooke Pepion Swaney, editor Kristen Swanbeck, and composer and music performer Laura Ortman.
Photo credit: Pamela Yates. Vision Maker Media and Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “Daughter of a Lost Bird” won two awards at the 2021 Woodstock Film Festival in New York,  “Feature Documentary – Best Emerging Filmmaker” and “NY Women in Film and Television Award for Best Female Director, Documentary.”

Feature Documentary Jury Statement from the Woodstock Film Festival Website:

“This nation was formed through the murder and displacement of indigenous peoples and the attempt to erase their culture and memory from the land. It is a truth that we rarely confront. But when Kendra Mylnechuk cold calls her birth mother in the opening of DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD she is drawn, almost reluctantly, into an exploration of this history and of her own complex feelings of guilt, belonging, and loss. For the intimacy and depth of her portrayal of Kendra’s journey, the Emerging Filmmaker Award goes to Brooke Pepion Swaney for DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD.”

The film is currently screening at the Vancouver International Film Festival and will be on PBS this fall.


Daughter of a Lost Bird Award Group Photo
Daughter of a Lost Bird Cover Image

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.