About the Filmmakers

Sarah Edstrom Co-Director, Duluth, Red Lake Segments

Sarah's Anishinabe name is Keezheekoni, meaning ``Burning Fire.`` Her name giver told her that the name reflected her fiery passion and ability to light up a room. She was raised by parents who taught her the importance of speaking out against injustice. She has two sisters who have shown her what powerful women look like. She has 3 nieces and 3 nephews who prove that the future is in good hands. She has a husband who has taught her that love nourishes the spirit. She has a dog who has taught her that if you look cute enough, you can get away with climbing onto the table and eating a cake that is roughly half your size.
She has worked as an advocate in the Native community since 2010. Her hope for the film is that it will serve as a response to every person who has ever said ``Native Americans need to get over colonization. All of those atrocities happened hundreds of years ago.`` The truth is, colonization and genocide against Native Americans has never stopped. It has merely changed tactics.

Co-Director Tall Paul Segment / Motion Graphics
Jonathan Thunder

Jonathan Thunder is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications. Thunder has won several first place awards in SWAIA’s annual Class ‘X’ Moving Images competition for animation and experimental film.

Co-Director Browning Segment
Kathy Broere

Kathleen is the product of the beautiful love story between an Irishman from Butte, Montana and a lovely Blackfeet woman from the Blackfeet Nation. Kathleen Nǎaṫoōsipṗissṫǎa•k̇ii Egan Black Broere. Kathleen, meaning courage and Holy Owl Woman was given to her because of her willingness to listen. She is a mother, wife, educator and protector of children. Kathleen has lived and worked on the Blackfeet Reservation since 1984 as Licensed Clinical Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in the Browning Schools for the last 20 years.

She believes her greatest hope and gift to this world is her two boys, Egan and Ryan, her grandchildren and this film.

Co-Director Boarding School, Treaty Rights & Racism segments / Cinematography / Editor / Producer
Bob Trench

Bob will believe he is of Irish descent until the results of his 23 and Me test come back. He attended the University of Utah Film School and graduated from Hamline University. He is an award-winning creative director and has produced commercial films with a focus on health care and chronic disease management for over 20 years. Bob’s experience also extends to a number of notable not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Pay it Forward Fund, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, & The Bridge for Youth.

Keith Secola

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. NDN Kars (Indian cars), his most popular song is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.

Location Sound Recordist
Del Helmer

With over 30 years of sound engineering and sound design reinforcement, Delvin has worked with some of the biggest names in show business. He has worked from Prince's studio to some of the largest sound studios worldwide.

He has designed and engineered consumer electronic and pro-level sound equipment for many companies.

Matthew Myers

With experience as a commercial cinematographer, Matt has had his projects produced for TV as well as online. Matt, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Film & Video Production from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. He is focused on creating extraordinary documentary films. Currently, Matt is producing commercials and videos for a top Minneapolis-St.Paul marketing agency.

Julie Verano

Julie has vast experience with in-studio, on-location, live broadcast, live streaming, sports follow shots, scripted work, and run-and-gun gorilla style video work. Her filming experiences have varied from instructional videos, commercials, web-based video series to live stream sporting events with over 40,000 views internationally, as well as a reality tv show.

Graham Nolte

Over the past ten years, Graham honed his filmmaking craft through writing and directing over 25 short films. In school, he received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Screenwriting”, and had the experience directing films in 35mm, Super 16mm, 16mm, Super 8mm, Betacam, and XDcam formats. His films have played at film festivals in San Diego, Toronto, Anchorage, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Wilmington, and Vancouver. Graham lives in NYC and runs his own production company, creates virtual tours for Google, and is a DP/Camera Operator on commercial content for clients such as Yahoo, ESPN3, and Dell. He is currently in pre-production for the next feature “Circle of Life.”

Sound Design, Dialogue Editor
Steven Aram

Steven has been providing professional dialogue editorial, sound effects editorial, backgrounds editorial, Foley, music editing, sound editing, sound design and re-recording mixing services and post audio engineering for films since 2015.

Tom Trench

With a ten year history in film and sound engineering, Tom began his career producing websites for colleges, health care, and medical device companies as well as the consumer electronics industry. In the new media discipline he has been the lead developer on over 200 projects for companies large and small, he offers a unique insight into communications in the health care arena.

Executive Producer
Larry Long

Smithsonian Folkways recording artist Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American Troubadour.”

Long’s work in schools and communities sparked the creation of an international non-profit organization, Community Celebration of Place, which creates intergenerational and multicultural opportunities for students to learn and grow through a program called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song.