yoox̲atuwatánk (We Speak)

About the Film

Through freestyle spoken word, lush Pacific Northwest scenes and ceremony, we enter into a journey of remembrance and reflection on the lessons of the old ones.

About the Filmmaker(s)

Tracy Rector is a mixed race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, community organizer and co-founder of Longhouse Media. For the last 17 years she has directed and produced over 400 films including shorts, features, music videos and VR projects. She currently serves on the team for the feature documentary Dawnland as their impact producer, which aired on the 2018/2019 Independent Lens season. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. Tracy is in her second term as a Seattle Arts Commissioner.

"The documentary form has always been a love of mine, but I am also fascinated by complimentary experimental approaches to creativity. We Speak is a result of my interest in working in the abstract space of storytelling, and it was an opportunity to push myself to learn about immersive media. This short is also a reflection of what it means to me to be an Indigenous person living in the fast paced reality of the city yet surrounded by the stories of elders and the natural world."

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About the Presenting Partner

Vision Maker Media exists to serve Native producers and Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio. Vision Maker Media supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control, the use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaska Natives. A key strategy for this work is the development of strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations and Native communities. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native produced media that shares Native perspectives with the world.

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