|With funding from theCorporation 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 & 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
The final slate of documentaries represents Native voices and stories from across the United States including California, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Washington,
and a couple documentaries will span coast-to-coast.
Funding was awarded as 18.2% New Media; 81.8% production, post-production, and completion; and an additional two projects selected for acquisition. 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. Acquisitions are provocative and engaging completed programs from independent or Public Television producers acquired by Vision Maker Media for broadcast.
In alphabetical order, the funded projects are:
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 www.visionmakermedia.org
Join us in 7 days for the third annual PBS Online Film Festival. This year’s festival features 25 short films from various station and producing partners. Stream the videos anytime from June 16 to July 31, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite videos.
The PBS Online Film Festival showcases diverse films fromIndependent Lens and POV, as well as collaborations with public television producers, including theCenter for Asian American Media,Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB),National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and Vision Maker Media.
The festival highlights powerful stories from filmmakers across the country, while also providing an opportunity for producers to reach and engage a digitally-savvy audience. In its first two years, the festival garnered more than one million video streams and more than 50,000 votes.
This year’s selection features several locally produced short films from a variety of local PBS stations, including: Alaska Public Media, Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton),KLRU (Austin, TX), KQED (San Francisco), Louisiana Public Broadcasting,Vermont PBS, Wisconsin Media Lab and WCVE (Richmond, VA).
“PBS and member stations are committed to experimenting with new platforms to reach diverse audiences with high-quality and engaging content,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital. “PBS is the home for independent film, both online and on-air, and we’re proud that the Online Film Festival has become an annual celebration of unique films representing a diverse array of voices and viewpoints.”
The films will be available for streaming across all digital platforms, including PBS.org, AppleTV, Roku, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.