Application Deadline Nov. 11
Tribeca Hacks <NDN Identity> Needs Your Story Ideas
Have a great story idea about Native identity? Apply to Tribeca Hacks <NDN Identity>

The Hackathon is one of a series of Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca Hacks program, which creates events around the world to increase understanding and broaden participation in the field of interactive storytelling. Workshops give creative media artists the insight and skills to develop robust interactive prototypes or projects that effectively engage with audiences. 

Additionally, it provides a chance to experiment with new tools and the latest technologies. These workshops place heavy emphasis on showcasing innovation in this field for artists, funders and the public. A primary goal of the program is to teach new modes of storytelling to filmmakers and, in turn, to broaden technologists' portfolios and skill sets by working with new partners. Tribeca Hacks is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, will be hosting this event for interactive storytellers, Dec 3-6. It's offered in partnership with Vision Maker Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Pacific Islanders in Communications, OETA and Bacone. The four-day event will feature creative talent from across the United States in a medium in which all filmmakers, designers, technologists, visual artists and storytellers will find inspiration.

Strategic Planning Tops Vision Maker Media
Board Agenda in San Francisco
A weekend of learning and strategic planning is in store for the Vision Maker Media board of directors at the annual meeting at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco, Nov. 13-15. Don Chalmers, of SparrowHawk Consultingwill facilitate a workshop titled "Making the Most of Your Vision Maker Media Board Service," as well as a strategic planning session, which rounds out the meeting on Saturday. Also, members will ratify the addition of Brian Gunn (Colville) to the board of directors for a three-year term. He replaces Jim Pagliarini of TPT in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Election of officers and staff reports continue on Sunday. In addition, members will discuss a plan for celebrating Vision Maker Media's upcoming 40th anniversary. 

APT Fall Marketplace Offers Opportunities 
To Promote Vision Maker Media FIlm Projects
Vision Maker Media's Assistant Director Georgiana Lee (Navajo)  this week headed to the American Public Television's Fall Marketplace  in Atlanta to meet with programmers and to promote our films. Marketplace features a Producers' Showcase where producers and programmers can share information.

Sneve to be Featured Speaker
at UMass Amherst's Indigenous Heritage Month
The University of Massachusettes Amherst is hosting Vision Maker Media's Executive Director Shirley Sneve (Sicangu Oyate) on Nov. 19 for November's Indigenous Heritage Month at the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC). She will be discussing her own experiences in bringing Native stories and experiences to film. Under her leadership, VMM had succeeded in partnering with PBS in their series America By The Numbers, in addition to working on the production of hundreds of independent films surrounding issues at the heart of our communities and Nations.

"I taught at UMass Amherst and led Arts Extension Service from 2001-2004, so I'm honored to be asked back to campus to talk about our work," Sneve said.

The event runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a performance by Native hip-hop artist Supaman! in the Amherst Room of the Student Union (Campus Center 1009).

Not Too Early to Mark Your Calendar
For Vision Maker Film Festival, March 10-13, 2016
The Sixth Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival, March 10-13, 2016, in Lincoln and Omaha will feature three outstanding new films.  A screening of Warrior Women opens the festival, March 10 at Film Streams in Omaha, featuring the filmmakers.  

The festival continues in Lincoln with a reception on March 11 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Van Brunt Visitors Center (313 N. 13th St.) and screenings of The Dull Knifes: My Father & Me and Medicine Woman at the Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Following the screenings will be Q&As with the filmmakers. More than a dozen Native guest speakers involved with the films being showcased also will attend. Join us for this unique film event.

Sneve to Attend Native Americans in Philanthropy
Board Meeting in Minneapolis-St. Paul
When the Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) organization holds its annual board meeting in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dec. 4-5, Vision Maker Media's Executive Director Shirley Sneve (Sicangu Oyate) will be in attendance as chair of the board of directors to discuss how to advance the organization's three strategic directions: 
  • Engage Native and non-Native practitioners of philanthropy to focus on sustainable Native communities;
  • Educate to instill Native philanthropic values into contemporary practice;
  • Empower Native philanthropic leadership to be effective practitioners.


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


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