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Vision Maker Film Festival Features Over 40 Works by Native American Filmmakers
by Vision Maker Media press release

Bringing the Best of Native American Feature, Documentary, and Short Films to Nebraska

Lincoln, NE: Vision Maker Media is proud to announce its biggest film festival yet--the Fifth Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival. Being held Friday, March 14 through Thursday, March 20 in the Nebraska cities of Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney, the Festival will showcase over 40 works by Native filmmakers.

To open the Festival, a special screening of Injunuity with director/producer Adrian Baker will be taking place at KANEKO in Omaha on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public with free admission (register now to attend).

The opening reception is on Friday, March 14 and will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Van Brunt Visitors Center (313 N. 13th St.) at 5 p.m. A music performance by The Delbert Anderson Trio and hors d'oeuvres sponsored by NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) will give way to two highly anticipated screenings followed by Q&A's at The Ross--Injunuity, 7 p.m., with director/producer Adrian Baker, and Winter in the Blood, 8 p.m., with actor Chaske Spencer of Twilight-saga fame and director Alex Smith.

We're excited to announce that this year's Festival will feature two special film blocks: Young Warriors (ages 12-25) and Women Warriors (in honor of Women's History Month). A special children and families' screening will feature films for grades K-6. Native filmmakers and leaders will present their films and conduct workshops that will provide both educational opportunities that will benefit teachers, students, the general public, and Natives in the community.

Throughout the week-long screenings in Lincoln, more than a dozen Native guest speakers who were involved with the films being showcased will be in attendance including:

  • Adrian Baker (Hopi) | INJUNUITY
  • Chaske Spencer (Lakota) | WINTER IN THE BLOOD & SHOUTING SECRETS
  • Robin Poor Bear (Oglala Lakota) | KIND HEARTED WOMAN
  • Jeremy & Jerome Thompson (Onandaga) | THE MEDICINE GAME
  • Princella Parker (Omaha) | NATIVE DAUGHTERS II
  • Rebekka Schlichting (Iowa Tribe of KS & NE) | VARIOUS SHORTS
  • Valerie Red-Horse (Cherokee/Sioux) | WILMA MANKILLER
  • Tina Garnanez (Navajo) | YELLOW FEVER
  • Sydney Freeland (Navajo) | DRUNKTOWN'S FINEST
  • Cecilia Fire Thunder (Oglala Lakota) | YOUNG LAKOTA
  • Florentine Blue Thunder (Sicangu Lakota) | ACROSS THE CREEK

For ticket pricing and Festival passes, visit
For a complete Festival schedule, visit

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visit

Save the Dates: March 14-20, 2014 | Vision Maker Media
Looking for funding for your Native film? Apply for the 2014 Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund.

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