April 2019 E-News


Spring is rolling in, and with it, bringing all new festivals, opportunities, screenings and films. Shed that winter coat and explore what the  Vision Maker Media team has been up to this past month. Want more? Visit our  website.

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Welcome to the Team
Vision Maker Media Welcomes Matt Nehe, Director of Finance & Administration.
Vision Maker Media welcomes Matt Nehe, our new Director of Finance and Administration, to the team. Nehe was hired to take over the finance department when Mary Ann Koehler, the Business and Projects Manager, retires in August. Read More.
Indigenous Women's Film Festival Wrap Up
By Assistant Director, Rebekka Schlichting
On March 8, Vision Maker Media, in collaboration with The Women's Center, celebrated International Women's Day by hosting Indigenous Women's Films: Six Powerful Films by and about Indigenous Women.  The NET Building on the University of Nebraska's campus was buzzing with excited audience members from all walks of life. Read More.
Indigenous Women's Film Festival Highlights Reel

Couldn't make the festival? Want to relive some of the day's best moments? 

For more free events like these, Vision Maker Media encourages donations to the nonprofit during Give to Lincoln Day, where donations will be matched by the Lincoln Community Foundation from May 1 to May 30, 2019. Look for more information to come in May on how to support Vision Maker Film Festival on Give to Lincoln Day!

Full Circle: Maoriland Film Festival
By Executive Director, Shirley Sneve
Shortly after I started work at Native American Public Telecommunications in 2004, Executive Director Frank Blythe said, "Pack your bags, we're going to Hawaii!" We had a grant to do a mentorship project with Pacific Islanders in Communications. That's when I met Donald Thoms, who was working at Discovery Channel, Hanay Geiogamah from UCLA and Merata Mita-a New Zealand filmmaker. The filmmakers that NAPT (now Vision Maker Media-VMM) brought were Brian Wescott, Lily Shangreaux, Julianna Brannum and Michelle Danforth.
  Read more.
Filmmaker Insider: Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish)
Filmmaker Spotlight: Brooke Swaney

We were given the chance to talk to Vision Maker Media Filmmaker Brooke Swaney about her experience as a Blackfeet/Salish filmmaker. What are the challenges? Did she always see herself as a filmmaker?  Here's what we found out!

Seeking Entries for the Native Film Showcase
Got a film to show off? Vision Maker Media and Native POP: People of the Plains are seeking film entries for the Native Film Showcase, held in partnership with South Dakota Public Broadcasting in Rapid City. Along with a Native film showcase, Native POP will also feature a fashion show and a juried Native American fine art show featuring original work by established and emerging Native visual artists focusing on the Great Plains. 

 2018 Annual Report
What Have We Accomplished in 2018?
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April Sales
Featuring Films from the Western Region of the United States
Badger Creek, Columbus Day Legacy, First Circle, March Point, Horse Tribe, Urban Rez and more. View all the films ON SALE this month.


Upcoming Screenings
Check out what's showing in your area!
When:  April 2, 2019
Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, NM
When: April 3, 2019
Where: Greenway Court Theatre,
Los Angeles, CA
Words from a Bear
When: April 13, 2019
Where:  ACT Human Rights Film Festival,
Fort Collins, CO

When: April 25, 2019
Where:  Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada

When: April 25, 2019
Where: Walker Cinema,
Minneapolis, MN
When: May 4, 2019
Where:  Rasmuson Theater,
Washington, DC

Filmmaker Opportunities
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