Published May 20, 2016
LINCOLN – Vision Maker Media is pleased to announce support for six new projects for production/completion, post-production and new media. The projects include a total of 19 producers and/or Public Television stations which were selected for funding their documentaries by and about Native Americans.
With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire Public Media community. Since 1990, filmmakers have been invited to submit proposals in various stages of their film–from research and development, to production, post-production/completion and outreach. All proposals are reviewed by a group of Public Television professionals, station programmers, independent filmmakers, educators and executives from Indigenous organizations.
“The goal of the Public Media Content Fund is to increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers,” said Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux), executive director of Vision Maker Media.
The final slate of documentaries represents Native voices and stories from across the United States including Alaska, California, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma and Washington, and a couple of documentaries will span coast-to-coast. In this funding cycle, of the selected projects, 57 percent are mid-level filmmakers, and 42 percent are veteran filmmakers. Of this, 66 percent of the filmmakers are women, 33 percent are male. More than half, 66 percent, are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
Funding was awarded as 75 percent production, 19 percent post-production and completion and 6 percent new media. Production provides funding for producers to film, record and produce their documentaries. Post-production funding allows for completion of documentaries already in progress. New media provides for programs with primary distribution over the Internet such as vignettes and webisodes, as well as creation of community engagement materials.
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