Vision Maker Media – Research & Development Funding Awarded 2015

Vision Maker Media – Production Funding Awarded 2018

Vision Maker Media – Post-Production Funding Awarded 2020

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 and 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.

President’s Venture Fund – University of Georgia, Athens.

The President’s Venture Fund was established to assist with significant funding challenges or opportunities (large Grant opportunities at NSF or NIH that require a match of University dollars not previously budgeted, for example). These opportunities are customarily brought to the President’s attention by the Provost, with the support of a department head and dean. In addition, the President’s Venture Fund supports small programs and projects in amounts typically ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Eidson Foundation

As an “Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature”, LeAnne Howe secured an Eidson Foundation Grant to help defray costs of producing the work-in-progress trailer for “Searching for Sequoyah.”

Additional In-Kind Contributions













Joshua B. Nelson
LeAnne Howe
Turtle Island Productions, LLC


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