Students, Apply to Be a Paid Intern
Actor Wes Studi (Cherokee) with Multimedia Intern Khloe Keeler (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska)
Vision Maker Media is looking to partner American Indian and Alaska Native college students with Public Television stations to offer multiple summer or fall internships.

Thank you to all the Public Television stations that have applied.

Students interested in applying for this internship opportunity must apply online at by Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Deadline Approaching for Proposals
Apply Today to the Public Media Content Fund
It's only a little over a month until our March 18 deadline for Public Media Content Fund applications. Vision Maker Media invites proposals for programs intended for Public Television that represent the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. For guidelines and a link to the online application, please visit

Insider Knowledge: Read Funded Applications and Tips from The Filmmakers That Wrote Them
Documentaries are not journalism. They can be journalistic when based in fact, but documentaries move people beyond the numbers and facts and data, beyond the news reports of what happened and when it happened. Your documentary is a story, and those seemingly small stories -- told by your main characters -- actually help to tell a much broader, societal story. 

Producer Profile: Michael Smith

Michael Smith was born in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Sioux Tribe at Fort Peck Agency.  Smith moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and became involved in Native American issues.  In 1975, he founded the world's first festival to show solely Native works, the American Indian Film Festival.  Later, he became president of the American Indian Film Institute.  


Vision Maker Media Producer, Boots Kennedye (Kiowa), spoke with Smith about how the festival was formed, and what's being planned for the 40th American Indian Film Festival in 2015.  


My Louisiana Love Tackles the Continuing Cycle of Social & Economic Injustice in Louisiana's Fragile Wetlands
My Louisiana Love first began when Monique Verdin (Houma) and her boyfriend, Mark Krasnoff, started recording Monique's Native American relatives in southeast Louisiana. Hoping to capture the Houma Indian's struggle to live in bayou communities plagued with environmental injustice, they filmed eroding wetlands and interviewed Native elders. Their documentation quickly shifted after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, leaving Mark and Monique facing their own personal struggles in the aftermath's apocalyptic reality--only to be followed by more devastation to the Gulf Coast with Hurricane Rita and the BP oil leak.

Vision Maker Media Receives Major Funding from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)


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