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Vision Maker Media

Executive Producers: Shirley K. Sneve and Georgiana Lee
Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. We believe that traditional wisdom shared through today's Native leaders can teach important lessons to all Peoples. Our work integrates Native history and experience into the broader public conversation about the country's past, present, and future. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media-to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visit

Jill Momaday Gray

Director, Producer, Writer
Jill Scott Momaday has spent all of her life immersed in the arts. Growing up in a family who has a rich cultural, artistic, and literary background helped to inspire her passion for theater. Jill studied theater in Santa Fe, NM and debuted in a number of theatrical productions including Benchwarmers, The Indolent Boys, The Vagina Monologues, and Black Elk Speaks, to name a few. Her love of theater naturally led her into a career in modeling. She signed with Elite agency in NY, and went on to model in Paris before returning home to Santa Fe, NM. Jill's deep connection to her Kiowa Heritage has given her a rich background to draw from in her professional work as an actor, storyteller, and filmmaker. A few of her film credits include Tony Hillerman's Coyote Waits, directed by Jan Egglesen and produced by Robert Redford; The Desperate Trail, directed by Paul Pesche; and Silent Tongue, written and directed by Sam Shepard.

Jill's freelance work as a Public Presenter and Communications Catalyst keeps her involved in the artist community. She has performed as Master of Ceremonies for such diverse entities as the Institute of American Indian Arts, the New Mexico Community Foundation, the Buffalo Trust Foundation, the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Buffalo Thunder Resort, the Santa Fe Symphony in which she performed "A Lincoln Portrait" and The New Mexico Land Conservancy.

Jill served as Chief of Protocol in the State of New Mexico for Governor Bill Richardson, in the Department of Cultural Affaires from 2005 to 2010. Her knowledge of the cultural diversity in New Mexico and her involvement in the arts, gave Jill an advantage in her capacity to serve as an Ambassador and Cultural Liaison.

Jill is currently writing, producing, and directing a film documentary on her father, Pulitzer Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday, involving her family story and her Kiowa heritage.

Momaday is married to renowned painter and musician Darren Vigil Gray, recipient of the 2013 NM Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. They have two beautiful and talented daughters, Natachee and Tai who are following in the footsteps of the Momaday-Gray family in their own artistic endeavors.

N. Scott Momaday

Focus of Documentary
Scott Momaday is a poet, a Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, a playwright, a painter and photographer, a storyteller, and a professor of English and American literature. He is Native American (Kiowa), and among his chief interests are Native American art and oral tradition. He received the National Medal of Arts in November 2007 "for his writings and his work that celebrate and preserve Native American art and oral tradition." In addition to the National Medal of Arts, he has received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his first novel, House Made of Dawn, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello", Italy's highest literary award, The Saint Louis Literary Award, the Premio Fronterizo, the highest award of the Border Book Festival, the 2008 Oklahoma Humanities Award, and the 2003 Autry Center for the American West Humanities Award. UNESCO named him an Artist for Peace in 2003, the first American to be so honored since the United States rejoined UNESCO. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities including Yale University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa in his home state of Oklahoma, Blaise Pascal University (France) and his alma mater, the University of New Mexico.

Lisa Condon

Producer, Film and Production Attorney
Ms. Condon grew up in Southern California surrounded by the film industry. An attorney for twenty years, her practice is devoted solely to Entertainment Law, particularly the promotion of Native American Filmmakers. Ms. Condon holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Previously an Environmental Attorney, Ms. Condon's colorful background includes prosecuting cases for United Farm Workers, working with Cesar Chavez. Ms. Condon has served as a Tribal Attorney, spearheading cases involving toxic cleanup and assertion of water rights for Tribal Councils.

Because of her high profile cases, she was approached by a Warner Bros. Studio executive interested in bringing several of these very dramatic cases to light. Knowing the impact of film in delivering messages of hope to mass audiences, Ms. Condon turned her focus to Entertainment Law. She consults for clients in the film, theater and music industries. Ms. Condon maintains a number of talented and famous Los Angeles clients and Tribal Clients including directors, producers, and musicians. Ms. Condon is a trained Script Supervisor, and Screenwriter. Combined with serving as an Assistant Director, she has worked on over 40 feature, documentary, and shorts.

Doug Crawford

Cinematography, Editor
National Emmy award winning Director/Director of Photography, Douglas Crawford of Delighted Eye Video, is known for his direction and filming of the award-winning Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People (PBS, 120 mins., 1992) and as Director of Photography for The Native Americans (TBS, six hours, 1994).

In 1993, Mr. Crawford received a national EMMY for "outstanding individual achievement" by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the "Pulitzer Prize" of television journalism, the George Foster Peabody Award, for his lenswork on Surviving Columbus. That film has been recognized nationally and internationally for its significant contribution to the history of the American West and is included in the Museum of Radio and Television's permanent collection in New York City.

David Aubry

Cinematography, Editor
28 years in features, television, documentary, educational, commercial, promotional, art and interactive film and video. Received an American Cinema Editors Nomination in 1993 for Best Edited Documentary for Baraka. Director of photography and editor for the feature film Soundman and for the concert film, Toward the Within featuring Dead Can Dance. World Wheel Ecuador, documentary about the Shuar Tribe of the rainforest, 2007; Zia, history of the Sun Symbol, Silver Bullet Prods, 2006; Tom Joyce, artist profile, 2006; Living Portraits of New Mexico Artists, 3 artist profiles, NMCultureNet, 2004.

Blackhorse Lowe

Additional Cinematography
Wind Walkers (post-production), Craters of the Moon, B. Dreams (short), Shamasani (short), Making the River (co-editor), 5th World, Shush (hort),IMDb.

Shane Brown

Additional Cinematography
This May Be The Last Time; The Voyage of Sherman and Pacifico; Color Music-The Duchess; Stand, Let Your Voice Be Heard-Red Dirt Relief Fund.

Royce Sharp

Skywriters (short documentary), The Great Invisible (Documentary), This May Be The Last Time, The Fable of Shannon Cable, Sherman and Pacifico, The Hounds, Lovely Day, Where Did the Horny Toad Go?, Cinema Six, Father Christmas, Bringing Up Bobby, Roark Comptons: The Motion Picture, Frontline: Football High (TV Series documentary), 1 in 3, Glam Rock, The Erased, S&M Lawn Care, The Rounder Comes to Town, Another Family Show (TV Movie), Peter and the Villain. Boom operator, sound mixer. IMDb

Kirk Ellis

Story Consultant
Primetime Emmy Awards: Won Outstanding Miniseries (2008) John Adams, Nominated Outstanding Miniseries, Into The West (2006); Nominated Outstanding Miniseries, Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001). Humanitas Prize: John Adams (2008); Anne Frank: The Whole Story (002). Western Heritage Awards: Television Feature Award, Bronze Wrangler: Into The West (2006). Western Writers of America: Spur Award, Best Drama Script, Into The West (2006). Writers Guild of America, USA: Won WGA Award, John Adams (2009); Writers Guild of America, USA: Won WGA Award, Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2002). IMDb

Sheila Seclearr

Co-Producer-Social Media, Crowd Sourcing
Seclearr has worked in both the creative and business aspects of filmmaking for nearly a decade. She is an optioned and paid screenwriter with expertise in adapting books to the screen. She was hired to rewrite the script for feature film, The Fine Art of Living, by Producer Tamee Smith Zimmerman, formerly of Sony Pictures. She was hired for the adaptation for Secret of the Dragon's Eye, by Derek Hart with a $200 million budget. Two film projects currently in pre-production are I'm Your Man (assisted Producer Lynn Hamrick in early planning) and Winner Lose (Seclearr is a Producer and Screenwriter). Seclearr was Associate Producer on Rumi Returning (PBS, 2007) and 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013).

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