Brooke Pepion Swaney
Brooke Pepion Swaney, M.F.A., (Blackfeet/Salish) is an emerging filmmaker and presently a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow and a Time Warner Fellow through the Sundance Institute. Since her undergraduate work at Stanford University, Brooke has researched the portrayal of American Indians in the Media and has worked to add dimension to otherwise stereotypical representations of American Indians through her films. “OK Breathe Auralee,” her NYU graduate thesis film, screened most notably at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival and the 2011 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Fest. It also was finalist in NBC/Universal’s Short Cuts Film Festival, wherein the lead actress won Best Actor. Amongst editing, Brooke’s experience also includes producing a local feature film, “Bella Vista,” and freelance work on political campaigns, corporate videos around Montana, and a mobile documentary narrative project about the 64’ Flood on the Blackfeet Reservation. Brooke currently resides in Polson. Please join Brooke on Friday evening when she presents her short film, “OK Breathe Auralee.”
Jeff Chiba Stearns
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M, Generali and Post-it Note, to short and feature films like “What Are You Anyways?” (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010) and Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013), Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered 33 awards. The studio is currently completing its second feature length ani-doc and pitching various animated series. Jeff joins FLIC again this year with an amazing slate of animation films from all over the world for your enjoyment. Jeff will also be conducting an animation workshop following the animation program on Saturday, January 25th starting at 1:30pm. Don’t miss it!
Alberta Iron Cloud Miller & James Miller
Alberta Iron Cloud Miller is an Oglala Lakota tribal member with Crow ancestry who resides in Knife Chief Community in Porcupine, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She has lived the majority of her life on the reservation and has dedicated her knowledge, education and skills to improving life for the coming generations. Alberta currently serves as the Prevention Coordinator for the Tawacin Ohokila (Taking Care of the Whole Self) Substance Abuse Prevention Project for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. In the past she served as the Attorney General for the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and was also a Tribal Judge. Alberta completed a Criminal Justice Studies degree at Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, a M.Ed. degree at Montana State University, Bozeman, Mt. and completed all requirements, except the dissertation, for a doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education.
James Miller is involved in the Dakota Wokiksuye Memorial Ride for the 38 Dakota who were hung in a mass public execution in Mankato, Minnesota on December 26, 1862. The healing ride to Mankato started in 2005 after Jim received a dream to travel on horseback to Mankato and take offerings to feed the spirits as a means of healing or the Dakota nation and for reconciliation. The execution of these Dakota Warriors is noted as the largest mass public execution ever held in the United States. The ride is documented in the film Dakota 38 which shares the history of the Dakota people and also documents the healing process from the ride.
Alberta & James will be presenting their film, “Dakota 38” on Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. You’re invited to participate in a Q&A session after the screening and enjoy a wine & cheese reception.