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Discover the unique lives and career paths of twelve Native people who are actively working in the complex entertainment industry of motion pictures, television, or digital productions. They work both in front of or behind the camera as either an actor, director, producer, writer, cinematographer, or editor; in some cases, in multiple roles. These biographies include realistic descriptions of what each member of a production team does, as well as advice on what it takes to get started in the entertainment business. A glossary highlights the terminology used in TV/movie production, and a list of resources provides a variety of ways to obtain additional information about the industry.Featured individuals are: Irene Bedard (Inupiat, Yup'ik, Inuit, Cree, Metis) Actor Tantoo Cardinal (Metis, Cree, Dene, Nakota) ActorChristopher Nataanii Cegielski (Dine/Navajo) Writer, Producer, DirectorSydney Freeland (Dine/Navajo) Writer, DirectorJack Kohlerv (Hupa) Actor, Producer, Director, EducatorKimberly Norris Guerrero (Colville) ActorMichael Horse (Yaqui) ActorAlanis Obomsawin (Abenaki) Producer, DirectorDoreen Manuel (Secwepemc, Ktunaxa) Producer, DirectorRandy Redroad (Indigenous American) Writer, Director, EditorIan Skorodin (Choctaw) Writer, DirectorGilbert Salas (Indigenous Mexican-American) Cinematographer, Director of Photography.
Award-winning writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee descent) has participated in the production of dozens of Indigenous educational and documentary television projects. Gary is the author of sixteen books, including seven PathFinders teen hi-lo novels. He lives in Santa Ynez, CA. For more information , visit his website at tribaleyeproductions.com.