About the Filmmakers

Tom, Producer

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 web discipline he has been the lead developer on over 100 sites, and offers a unique insight into communications in the health care arena.

Tom majored in Internet Marketing and Programming and achieving a minor in Communications. He is well versed in the production of new media, design and user experience and has worked on industrial films in the medical, legal and consumer electronics industries.

keithKeith Secola, Composer

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.

jonathan-thunderJonathan Thunder, Motion Graphics

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.

 

mattMatthew, Cinematographer

With experience as a commercial cinematographer, Matt has had his projects produced for TV as well as online.

With a Bachelor of Science in Film from The Art Institutes International, He is focused on creating extraordinary documentary films.

 

sarahSarah, Executive Producer

Sarah has many years of experience working with the Native American communities.

With a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, she specializes in historical trauma and works with indigenous American women in crisis.

 

gregGreg, Executive Producer

Greg has directed and produced award-winning feature length documentaries, Poles Apart and America Takes Flight, both appearing on PBS, and has directed the series Hometime for PBS.

He has produced and directed The New Business of Paradigms for futurist Joel Barker,  a centennial video for the 3M Company and was director of photography for the Emmy Award-winning Grandfather’s Birthday.

 

Robert, Director/Producer

With over 30 years of experience in communications, Bob Trench offers an unrivaled strategic expertise to his clients, directing his first film ‘The Bull Fight’ at the tender age of 13, a film which was accepted into the United States Library of Congress.

From such auspicious beginnings, Trench went on to attend The Film Studies Division at the University of Utah, and continued on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Such was his passion for his subject, Trench directed several films while working on his internships.

While studying for his Masters Program at the University of St Thomas, Trench continued to excel in his chosen field. His documentary on waste produced by the USA was later utilized as a teaching tool for the Masters of Business Communications Program.

Throughout his career, Trench has been published internationally and his opinion much sought after as a communications expert.

In the world of video and new media, he has crafted literally hundreds of strategic, focused communications for a variety of organizations, from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

In particular, Trench has worked with some of the pioneers and leading brands in the health care sector, including CHF Solutions, 3M, American Telecare, HealthSciences Institute, Rehabilicare, Respirtech, Compex Technologies, Chronic Care, Neurotech, and MED CV.

Trench’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, and The Bridge for Youth.

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