June 12 — The Albuquerque Film Office and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center collaborate to promote film opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers.
The two-day virtual workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is at indianpueblo.org in the calendar of events.
Participants in the “Aboriginal Film Industry: From the Production Process” workshop will receive resources, action items and professional contacts that can help launch or advance a career in the industry.
The event will feature a variety of topics presented by experts in their fields, including Indigenous writers, actors and composers.
“We’re really excited and hope this becomes an annual event,” said Karen Criswell, City of Albuquerque Film Liaison Officer. “We have an incredible amount of untapped talent in our Indigenous community. I want to make sure that we give them the opportunity to create and celebrate their own stories.
Criswell says the project was led by the IPCC.
“The IPCC is delighted to co-sponsor this workshop,” said Beverlee McClure, who coordinates the event for the Cultural Center. “As the film industry continues to grow, we want the number of Native Americans working in the industry to increase as well. This workshop will provide an overview of careers in the film industry and make meaningful connections. “
Criswell and McClure intervened quickly to secure the panelists and maintained diversity, all within three months.
“We have a mix of studios, independent filmmakers and local tech assistants,” Criswell said.
Criswell said the program is open to Indigenous filmmakers from across the state.
There will be 10 segments provided for the filmmakers.
Selected presenters for the event include:
—The Netflix team of all-Indigenous writers / creators behind the children’s animated series “Spirit Rangers” about three siblings who transform into animal spirits to conserve a national park. Karissa Valencia, Joey Clift and Carlee Malemute will discuss their writing process, the use of traditional art in animation, and the evolution of the show.
—Mo Brings Plenty, an Oglala Lakota actor on productions such as “Yellowstone,” “The Revenant,” and “Cowboys & Aliens,” will provide information on preparing for on-camera work.
—Annie Chang, vice president of creative technologies for NBCUniversal, will be on a panel on emerging technologies and the importance of their use in cinematic storytelling.
—Brent Michael Davids, America’s most seasoned Native American concert and film music composer, will speak on music composition.
—Aaron Estrada, Visual Effects (VFX) Manager of the Crafty Apes Regional Production Office will participate in a panel discussion on VFX, games and animation.
—Scott Rowe, former marketing director for Warner Bros., will serve as moderator.