June 11, 2009

Film training at Summer Institute

National Geographic All Roads Film Project forms partnerships for American Indian Summer InstituteThe National Geographic All Roads Film Project, Native Media and Technology Network, Indigenous Language Institute, Fox Entertainment Group, Naninaaq Productions and Community Prophets, Australia, are partnering to develop a series of professional workshops and training opportunities for Native students at the eighth annual American Indian Summer Institute. The first partnership training will take place July 12-18, at the University of California, Los Angeles, campus. Participants will be accepted via nomination from the member organizations.

AISI was founded in 2002 with the guidance of Southern California Indian Center, which was instrumental in the recruitment and participation of the Southern California tribes. In addition, NMTN joined Fox to help orchestrate a national outreach effort, drawing participants from across the United States.

“Our affiliation with All Roads and National Geographic Society has provided the training program to go global,” said Gerald Alcantar, vice president of diversity development at Fox.

“This focus on a global indigenous collaboration to increase Native American and indigenous peoples’ access and participation in the media and entertainment industry can only expand media-related employment and business opportunities for under-represented communities,” said Syd Beane, Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal member and national coordinator of NMTN.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Documentaries and News.

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