Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Harold of Orange

It's been a rough year for many, but you've still got to laugh. 2016's last featured Vision Maker Media film is "Harold of Orange," a comedy-satire by Anishanaabe poet and scholar Gerald Vizenor that takes on the bureaucracy of business between two important Minnesota groups -- American Indians and philanthropic foundations. Charlie Hill stars as Harold, … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Harold of Orange

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Native American Night Before Christmas and Twelve Days of Native Christmas

Happy holidays from Vision Maker Media! This week we're sharing two animated specials from the archives: "Native American Night Before Christmas" and "Twelve Days of Native Christmas." Written and directed by Choctaw and Cherokee author Gary Robinson, with illustrations by Cherokee artist Jesse T. Hummingbird, these five-minute films bring a Native American perspective to Yuletide … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Native American Night Before Christmas and Twelve Days of Native Christmas

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Trudell

This week's featured Vision Maker Media film, "Trudell," presents Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist John Trudell. Trudell's life and impact -- from his role as the voice of Radio Free Alcatraz during the United Indians' of All Tribes takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, to his work in the American Indian … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Trudell

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks- Vis à Vis: Native Tongues

Experience the dialogue between two indigenous artists in this week's featured Vision Maker Media Film, "Vis à Vis: Native Tongues." In this film, Australian Aboriginal actress/playwright Ningali Lawford and American Indian performance artist James Luna compare perspectives on life and society through the medium of digital video. The artists share scenes from their performances and … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks- Vis à Vis: Native Tongues

40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Music From a Painted Cave

This week's featured Vision Maker Media film is "Robert Mirabal: Music From a Painted Cave" -- the PBS special that brought Pueblo flutist Mirabal to national attention and cemented his musical reputation as a leading figure in tribal rock. The film features live performance footage of Mirabal's trademark blend of traditional and popular music, influenced … Continue reading 40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Music From a Painted Cave

40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Surviving Columbus

This week we feature "Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People," a Vision Maker Media program that tells the story of the first encounter between the Spaniards and the native people of the Americas from the perspective and the voices of Pueblos. The program explores the history of the Pueblo people, from their lives … Continue reading 40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Surviving Columbus

40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Way of the Warrior

This week's featured Vision Maker Media film is "Way of the Warrior," an exploration of the Native American tradition of military service, including the stories of Native American veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. The program honors the endurance and sacrifice of individuals such as Mitchell … Continue reading 40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Way of the Warrior

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks

With the beginning of November, we’re thrilled to welcome the start of “Forty Years, Forty Weeks” – a collaboration between Vision Maker Media and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to celebrate Vision Maker Media’s 40th anniversary. Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks