October 2016
What Was Ours and Kivalina at Tulsa American Film Festival
Two Vision Maker Media films will be screening at the Tulsa American Film Festival Sat., Oct. 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Assistant Director Georgiana Lee will introduce Kivalina at 10 a.m. and What Was Ours at 12:30 p.m. Mat Hames, Director of What Was Ours will be in attendance. Screenings will be held at the Gilcrease Museum. The Festival will offer two other Native features, and at least nine other Native shorts throughout the Festival, Oct. 12-16. 

Catch Georgiana Lee as a panelist at the Tulsa Film Mixer & Panel Series: Rethinking "Diversity" - Making Indie Film Accessible to Underrepresented Populations. The free event will look beyond the understanding of "diversity" and consider the portrayal and inclusion of other populations that have been traditionally underrepresented and/or misrepresented in film and television. Additionally, they'll discuss the accessibility of independent film exhibition and production to communities such as the autistic, deaf and hard of hearing, and the blind and visually impaired.
Keep Talking Crew Completes Filming in Alaska

The 'Keep Talking' crew on St. Paul harbor, Kodiak, Alaska, July 2016.
Producer/Director Karen Lynn Weinberg and her film crew recently returned to Alaska for the final shoot for the film Keep Talking, wrapping up their project July 22. After years of working in film as an editor and producer, Keep Talking is Karen's long form documentary directorial debut. 
Keep Talking is one of just six projects to receive funding from Vision Maker Media this year, and the first Kartemquin project to receive Vision Maker Media funding.

The film tells the story of one community working to preserve their endangered language and culture. Kodiak Alutiiq Elders of Alaska's Gulf Coast are among the victims of systematic assimilation and abuse, first by Russian occupation, then by the United States government. Now with less than 50 fluent Native speakers of Kodiak Alutiiq remaining, three young Alutiiq women battle the resulting historical trauma and discover that saving their language is truly a matter of life and death. 
"Let Us All Support One Another" 
In Honolulu, Hawai'i

Assistant Director Georgiana Lee will be attending the second Hawaiian Media Makers Conference, Nov. 2 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. 

Lee joins other speakers and panelists:
  • Jax Deluca, Director of Media Arts at the National Education Association (NEA); 
  • Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director of Women Make Movies (WMM);  
  • Wendy Levy, Executive Director of National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC); 
  • Nik Eley-Carr, Senior Manager of Digital Content Strategy & Partnerships at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); and 
  • Noland Walker, Senior Content Director at Independent Television Service (ITVS).
"My purpose at the conference will be to support cross cultural collaboration, share discovered media trends in Indian Country and promote the business of media making for Indigenous media makers," Lee said.

This year's theme will be: ʻIke aku, ʻike mai. Kōkua aku, kōkua mai. E kākoʻo kākou kekahi i kekahi. Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. Let us all support one another. Everyone is welcome at the conference. They will provide a place for media- making professionals to gain insight to different platforms of media making, build partnerships and set out to revolutionize Hawai'i media for a global audience.

The 2016 Hawaiian Media Makers Conference is hosted by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and focuses on bringing together Native Hawaiian media makers and media makers doing business in Hawai'i to collaborate and support common goals and opportunities.
Eight VMM Films Screening 
At American Indian Film Festival

Friday, Nov. 4 * Show begins at 7 p.m. 
Injunuity - (4 min.) directed by Adrian Baker
Ishi's Return - (26 min.) 
directed by Chris Eyre, Roberta Grossman

Saturday, Nov. 5 * Show begins at 12 p.m.
Medicine Woman - (60 min.)
directed by Christine Lesiak, Princella P. Redcorn 

Sunday, Nov. 6 * Show begins at 12 p.m.
What Was Ours - (76 min.) directed by Mat Hames

Tuesday, Nov. 8 * Show begins at 12 p.m. 
Navajo Math Circles(59 min.) directed by George Csicsery

Tuesday, Nov. 8 * Show begins at 7 p.m.
Red Power Energy - (57 min.) directed by Lisa D. Olken

Wednesday, Nov. 9 * Show begins at 7 p.m. 
Badger Creek (26 min.) directed by Randy Vasquez, Jonathan Skurnik

Thursday, Nov. 10 * Show begins at 12 p.m.
Ohero:kon: Under the Husk (27 min.) directed by Katsitsionni Fox

VMM To Attend imagineNATIVE, Oct. 19-23
Executive Director Shirley Sneve will be at the 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Oct. 19-23. 
The festival, the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, presents a dynamic collection of film, video, audio and digital media works, in addition to exhibitions, panels & workshops, and special events. 

This registered charity is committed to inspiring and connecting communities through original, Indigenous film and media arts. The Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.
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