CNC helps train Natives For PBS Film Episodes

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News

Comanche Nation College (CNC, Lawton, OK) hosted a workshop for the PBS American Experience series on Jan. 10-11, 2009. The purpose of the workshop was to train Native American individuals to document their ideas and life experiences for the upcoming “Reel Native” episodes as part of the “We Shall Remain” series. The series is being produced by PBS affiliate WGBH-TV of Boston, MA. Comanche Nation College was one of three sites chosen for the event nationwide.

The workshop included instruction on implementing story boards, shot lists and scripts, as well as information on interviewing techniques. Participants also received hands-on training on setting up lighting and sound and using cameras loaned by WGBH-TV.

The instructors for the event included Choctaw filmmaker Tvli Jacobs, Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum, and filmmaker Randy MacLowry. In addition to learning the technical aspects of filming, workshop participants also screened a previous “Reel Native” project—a self-portrait of a Diné artist and his work. Those at the workshop also saw “The Creek Runs Red,” a film by workshop instructor Brannum.

“This program really brought it together to bridge traditional oral storytelling with the technology that’s available,” says Sharon Cheatwood, coordinator with the Arts and Humanities Division with the City of Lawton, who served as a volunteer with the workshop. “It’s a permanent documentation format. Anyone at any time around the world will be able to hear their stories.”

Comanche Nation College, Oklahoma’s first and oldest tribal college, was created by tribal charter in 2002 and is dedicated to the re-traditionalization and empowerment of the Native people of Lawton, OK, and surrounding communities. The college is an associate member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and is seeking accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools based in Chicago, IL.

For more information on the workshop or about Comanche Nation College, contact Juanita Pahdopony at (580)591-0203.

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