VMM Funds Nearly $1.2 Million in Direct Film Funding Support to Native Filmmakers

Vision Maker Media (VMM, visionmakermedia.org) has funded $1,000,000 to eleven documentaries through its Public Media Fund for future television broadcasting and $180,000 through its Creative Shorts Fellowship fund to emerging Native filmmakers and their film mentorships. Through these projects, VMM’s total support provides representation to nineteen Native Nations throughout the U.S. in media. Film topics range from social justice, climate and environment, health and wellness, democracy, and arts.

“Through the support of many, this year Vision Maker Media is able to offer nearly $1.2 million in direct film funding support to Native filmmakers,” said Executive Director Francene Blythe-Lewis. “The honor is ours, for everyone at Vision Maker Media, to be part of the creation of these important stories.”

Vision Maker Media is the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans since 1976. Their mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories. VMM envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. They work with VMM funded producers to develop, produce, and distribute programs for all public media. VMM supports training to increase the number of Native Americans and Alaska Natives producing public broadcasting programs. A key strategy for this work is in partnerships with Tribal nations and Native organizations and communities. VMM is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Learn more at visionmakermedia.org or follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@visionmakermedia).