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October 15, 2014

UNO Native American Film Festival 
Nov. 7-9 in Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha's Second Annual Native American Film Festival, November 7-9, 2014, will showcase ten feature films, documentaries, and animations. Co-presented by the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Native American Studies, Inter-Tribal Student Council, Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Multicultural Students, and Vision Maker Media, the event features special appearances by directors and actors with workshops for local filmmakers and actors.

Cayuga Actor Gary Farmer will be in residence for the weekend. The Festival features a retrospective of his work. Five of his most legendary films will be screened at UNO, including Dead Man, Powwow Highway, One Dead Indian, and The Gift. Cheyenne Arapaho Director Chris Eyre and Actress Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Inuit/M├ętis) will join Gary for a panel discussion after Smoke Signals, Saturday evening.

More Info: UNO Native Film Festival Facebook Page | Vision Maker Media List of Events

Vision Maker Media Award Presentation & Film Screening
Nov. 13, 6-8p.m. - San Diego, CA

Please join the Board and Staff of Vision Maker Media as we honor two individuals for their outstanding contributions in advancing opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the media.

Named for our founding executive director, Frank Blythe, Vision Maker Media will award this first annual Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence to Michael Smith, founder of the American Indian Film Institute.

R.S.V.P. (Seating is Limited)

Tribeca Hacks <NDN Country> 
Nov. 21-23 at IAIA in Santa Fe

Tribeca Film Institute and Vision Maker Media are pleased to offer Tribeca Hacks <NDN Country>, an innovative collaborative workshop-event focusing on interactive non-fiction storytelling and exploring new tools and methods of story creation.
We're looking for filmmakers, techies, and other creative people from across Indian Country. Apply now

Across the Creek Channels the Cultural Identity of the Lakota People

Across the Creek, a new 30-minute documentary premiering this November from director/producer Jonny Cournoyer (Rosebud Sioux), explores the Lakota people's struggle for the restoration of a cultural legacy.
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Coming Soon Spirit in Glass:
Plateau Native Beadwork

Spirit in Glass: Plateau Native Beadwork provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of the artists themselves. Narrated by Nez Perce storyteller Nakia Williamson, the film focuses on bead artists from the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama Reservations.  


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It's exactly the same items at the same price, but your favorite non-profit (we hope that's us) gets a percentage of what would have been profit for Amazon.
It's super easy:

  1. Go to
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  3. Under "pick your own charitable organization" type in Vision Maker Media and click "Search"
  4. When Vision Maker Media comes up click the "Select" button
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Producer Profile: Khloe Keeler

2014 Public Media Intern, Khloe Keeler, a member of the Northern Ponca Tribe, worked at the Vision Maker Media office on multi-media Projects. Keeler earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  For her Master's project, Human Trafficking Across America: Stories of Survivors, Keeler provides research about human trafficking and the laws that directly affect how buyers are penalized and victims are protected. While at Vision Maker Media, Keeler created a mini-series about how human trafficking has impacted reservations.

Vision Maker Media's Executive Director, Shirley Sneve, spoke with Keeler about her recent multimedia work.

Listen to the Interview with Khloe
Read the Press Release About Keeler

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Native Language App Version 1.2 Released

What's New in Version 1.2

- Newly recorded Lakota words from the Lakota Language Consortium with more commonly recognized spelling and pronunciations

- Additional animals and words in Lakota
- Easier to read fonts
- Updated information about Vision Maker Media
- iPhone 5 compatible  

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