By Sabrina Lazarus
It is their fourth and final trip to South Dakota—15 hours from their home in Evanston, Ill.—to film footage for the documentary they’re working on, "Language of the Unheard." Back in May, they won a grant from Inspire Media to produce a film about the Oglala Native Americans nation; the film premiered May 14 at Inspire Media’s annual Symposium. Nearly all of the $1,500 was going toward gas, and now they are stranded without any.
Maybe there’s a reason all three previous winners of Inspire’s Film Grant stayed in Chicagoland to film their documentaries. But Jac spent time on the reservation the previous summer, working at a medical clinic in her hometown of Rapid City, the nearest metropolis to Pine Ridge. The experience opened her up to a whole other world right across the border, just an hour and a half away from her house.
“I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I knew,” Reyno says. “It’s like going into a different country.”
Below: "Northwestern students Travis LaBella, Jacqueline Reyno, and Matt Litwiller filmed a documentary about Oglala Native Americans." (NU Intel/Emily Slemaker)