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Behind the scenes with the directors

Christopher McLeod, Producer/Director

Christopher (Toby) McLeod circled the globe for five years filming Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part documentary series airing on PBS stations in May and June, 2015. McLeod founded the Sacred Land Film Project in 1984 to make high-impact documentary films relevant to indigenous communities and modern audiences. He produced and directed In the Light of Reverence (POV 2001) and other award-winning, nationally-broadcast documentary films: The Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area? (1983), Downwind/Downstream (1986), and NOVA: Poison in the Rockies (1990). Awards include the Council on Foundation's Henry Hampton Award, the John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking and a Student Academy Award in 1983. His first film was The Cracking of Glen Canyon Damn – with Edward Abbey and Earth First! (1982) McLeod holds a master's degree from U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in American History from Yale University.

Malinda Maynor, Co-Producer

Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee) is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She serves on the board of the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Previous films include Real Indian and Sounds of Faith. She is author of Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation. She holds a Ph.D in History from U.N.C Chapel Hill, a master's degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University and a B.A. from Harvard University.





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I found it very encouraging that I'm not alone in our quest for sacred sites... that I feel that there are other people that I am of kin to.”

— Cheryl Seidner, Viewer
Courtesy of KEET-TV, Arcata, CA

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