Three Longhouse Media films have been accepted into the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 17-26, 2012: History is Unwritten by student filmmaker Aaron Jones, Still by our fabulous Lou Karsen and Visionary Insight by Tracy Rector and Lou Karsen in collaboration with some amazing interns!!!

Clearwater nonfiction film kickoff, about the health of the Puget Sound and the unique relationship of the tribal people to the water. Join us as we meet geoduck divers, listen to elders, travel with fishermen, learn from biologists and explore with the youth as we come to understand the beauty of the regions culture and the impending impacts of ocean acidification. Visit the Clearwater film page

KUOW Tracy Rector's interview with Jamala Henderson. Tracy Rector is the Executive Director of Longhouse Media, a filmmaker and a media educator. She talked with KUOW's Jamala Henderson about movies by indigenous filmmakers that showed her new ways to think about and teach native stories and culture, and challenged her to become a better filmmaker. Listen to the interview

We’ve just returned from August in Montana, working on the set of Winter in the Blood, a feature film by Andrew and Alex Smith based on the novel by James Welch (Blackfeet/Gros Ventre).  To learn more about our 10 interns/emerging young filmmakers who worked hard on this project as well as our behind the scenes documentary please view our video blogs posted on the Longhouse Media Facebook.

Longhouse Media Response to the Use of March Point Image in Hate Crime

Longhouse Media is appalled by the use of our image for such hateful and demeaning purposes. The photo of the three adolescent boys in the "Native Extraction Service" advertisement placed in the website, was taken from promotional material for our film MARCH POINT, an award-winning documentary. This film was made with these three young filmmakers and tells the story of their coming of age struggles in a Native community in the United States. That this image would be used for such deviant ends is deeply hurtful to these young men and their families, and to the Native community as a whole.

We hope this advertisement was taken down before any violent crimes occurred; in any case damage was inflicted on indigenous youth in the form of threat and intimidation. The Criminal Code of Canada says, “a hate crime is committed to intimidate, harm or terrify not only a person, but an entire group of people to which the victim belongs. The victims are targeted for who they are, not because of anything they have done. Hate crimes involve intimidation, harassment, physical force or threat of physical force against a person, a family or a property.” -- Section 319(1): Public Incitement of Hatred, Criminal Code of Canada

We condemn this as a hate crime, and will join with others to see the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Link to CBC story
Link to Winnipeg Free Press story
Link to Blue Corn Comics story
More About March Point
Official Longhouse Media Response (PDF)

Dear Lemon Lima - October 6th @ 7:00 pm

Our next screening date will be the night of October 6 @ 7:00 pm. We will be showing a locally produced film called Dear Lemon Lima (2009) which is a family comedy feature film written and directed by Suzi Yoonessi. Based on her short movie of the same name and developed with the support of Film Independent and its Filmmaker Labs, this film is about a 13-year-old half-Yup’ik girl navigating her way through first heartbreak and the perils of prep school in Fairbanks, Alaska. In learning the meanings of love, friendship, and community, Vanessa Lemor finds her voice by embracing her heritage and reclaiming the spirit of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) at a private school where her narcissistic sweetheart’s family is legacy. Please join us in watching this film at the Northwest Film Forum.


Indigenous Showcase
Saturday, Sep 12 at 07:00PM * October Special Program Saturday, Nov 28 at 07:00PM

Longhouse Media partners with Northwest Film Forum and National Geographic All Roads Film Project to present a monthly series showcasing emerging talents in indigenous communities. This exciting program shows how Native American and indigenous filmmakers are at the forefront of the industry, successfully establishing a dialogue and creating images that are challenging, changing long established cultural attitudes towards indigenous culture. For more film information and showtimes, please check





Longhouse Media won the 2009 National Association for Media Literacy Education Award! The award is given every 2 years and past recipients include Bill Moyers and NOW, NPR’s “On the Media” with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, and Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, to name a few. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made in media literacy and education on a national scale. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the awards ceremony in person, but you can watch Tracy and Annie’s acceptance speech by checking out our You Tube Channel. We would like to thank NAMLE for this honor, and everyone who has supported our work!


Filmmaking with NativeSTAND 2009

NativeSTAND is a comprehensive curriculum for training peer educators that promotes healthy decision making for Native youth. All youth—including Native youth—face extreme pressures to fit in and belong. To make the best decisions for themselves, youth need factual, science-based information delivered to them in a way they can relate to, by people who they can trust and feel comfortable talking to. Peer educators can fill this important role. This year Longhouse Media partnered with Project Red Talon and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to work with such amazing facilitators such as Marco Arviso from the Native AIDS Network to teach digital media as a tool for discussing complex life issues. There were 29 youth present from tribes across Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho and together we produced 3 PSA's. All of the videos created in the workshop as well as a few Native Lens pieces will be included in the NativeSTAND curriculum premiering across the country this fall.



A Tremendous Year for SuperFly!!

Longhouse Media’s 4th annual “SuperFly Filmmaking Experience, ” was held June 4th-6th, 2009, on the beautiful Squaxin Island Reservation. SuperFly, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, brings together 50 youth and 20 mentors from across the country to participate in a 36-hour filmmaking challenge. Youth engage in a cross cultural experience while learning more about indigenous culture, media literacy, and advanced filmmaking techniques.

This year youth and mentors came from all over Washington, as well as Hawaii, New York, Baltimore, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Saskatoon, B.C.! In a mere 36 hours youth worked together to produce four shorts films, based on a script by Native Alaskan Actress/Filmmaker Princess Lucaj, a music video, an animated short, and an original soundtrack, which premiered to a full house on Saturday, June 6th at SIFF’s FutureWave screening at the Egyptian Theater. We are very thankful to the Squaxin Island Tribes for their wonderful support and generosity, and to all the youth, mentors, volunteers, and staff who together made this year nothing short of tremendous. For more information check out our Facebook page for photos or our SuperFly website at:

Talia London Accepted into the IAIA Summer Film Program

We have been fortunate to work with two wonderful individuals, Talia London and her sister Sara London. Both young woman have separate talents and interests which have brought much to the programming content of Longhouse Media and Native Lens. We have recently been made aware of some amazing news and achievements of both Taila and Sara:

Talia London was recently chosen for the Production Track at the Institute of American Indian Arts summer program in partnership with the Disney – ABC Television Group. The goal is to bring one of the most unique programs to American Indians/Alaskan Natives who are passionate about the entertainment industry. Originally designed to assist novice and experienced Native American screenwriters, filmmakers, directors and actors. The program has attracted experienced filmmakers from all disciplines, to be taught by acclaimed executives, producers, screenwriters, directors and actors, both Native and non-Native, from the mainstream television and film world to work individually and collectively with the selected students.

Now entering its sixth year, the IAIA Television & Film Summer Workshop will be one of the most demanding, if not rewarding experiences for students accepted into the program! For those who successfully complete the six-week program, it is an opportunity to jump-start their career in Hollywood and get noticed by industry executives! In addition, students will receive academic credit upon completion of their respective workshops.

News of Sara's scholarship

Sara London has just been announced as a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient. This is a huge and well deserved honor! The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

* Full support for the cost of education including living stipend; * This is a renewable award that can cover the costs of her entire undergraduate degree;
* It also provides Graduate school funding if she continues in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;
* And finally they provide additional funds and support for leadership development.

Sara begins her freshmen year of studies at the University of Washington this fall!




Longhouse Media's media award

Longhouse Media has been selected by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to receive a Media Literate Media Award at the conference that is taking place this year on August 1-4 in Detroit, MI.

The Media Literate Media Awards are designed to interest mainstream media in doing, covering or including media literacy in their work by recognizing outstanding contributions made by mainstream media professionals with national reach. At our 2003 conference those honored were Bill Moyers and NOW, Howard Kurtz for his Washington Post columns and CNN show, and Janine Jackson for her work on the “Counterspin” radio show and with FAIR. In 2005 the awards went to Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, NPR’s “On the Media” with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, and Van Jones, Esq., Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. In 2007 the awards went to Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford, founder of the school's Center for Internet and Society, and Chair of the Creative Commons Project and Barbara and David Mikkelson of


Tracy and the Producers Academy

Executive Director, Tracy Rector, has been chosen to attend the CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH, this June 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. They received 220 applications for this year and selected the final recipients based on their production experience, current projects and how closely these ideas fit with PBS content priorities and programming plans. In addition the Producers Academy recipients received the highest recommendations from industry professionals. It is a goal that this training will accelerate the chosen filmmakers' development as a national PBS producer.







March Point Premieres on PBS
November 18, 2008

March Point, Longhouse Media’s acclaimed feature documentary will premiere nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens Tuesday, November 18th at 10pm. Produced by Native Lens filmmakers Cody Cayou, Nick Clark and Travis Tom working in collaboration with Annie Silverstein and Tracy Rector, March Point is a groundbreaking example of Longhouse Media’s intergenerational filmmaking approach. Recipient of the prestigious National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant and a producer’s grant from Native American Public Telecommunications, March Point was awarded Best Documentary at the ImagineNative Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award at The Indigenous Green Environmental Film Festival, has screened at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and in D.C and was selected by UNESCO as an example of indigenous grassroots mobilization in response to climate change.

March Point tells the story of Cody, Nick and Travis, three teenagers growing up on the Swinomish Reservation, who were asked to make a film about the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community. Initially the boys were attracted to the program because it served as an alternative option to their mandated drug court. But as the filmmaking evolved, they began to experience the need to tell their stories, and the power of this process to change their lives. March Point follows their journey, as they come to understand themselves, the environment and the threat their people face.

For more information about March Point and to read an on-line Q&A with the filmmakers please visit or the March Point official website

"This is a powerful and poetic environmental coming of age story. In defending their tribal lands, three young men find a mission, even a vision."
–Sherman Alexie (Author, Poet, Filmmaker)

Puyallup Film Festival
October, 2008

Longhouse Media will present a series of new shorts created by youth in the Native Lens programs from Puyallup, Muckleshoot, and Lummi Tribes before the opening of March Point, Wednesday October 8th, at the Northwest Film Forum. The screening will begin at 7:00pm, and youth producers from each project will be present to answer questions. These films offer a dynamic insight into contemporary issues around Native culture, history, identity, and health, from a youth perspective. Please join us in celebrating these young filmmakers and the work they have accomplished on behalf of their communities.

Exiled in Seattle
October 10, 2008

October 10th-16th Northwest Film Forum and Longhouse Media will present The Exiles. We will have an opening night reception Friday, October 10th, and a special screening Tuesday, October 14th with Sherman Alexie introducing the film. After years of researching in the Native American community in Los Angeles, Kent Mackenzie began working with his subjects on The Exiles in 1957. The film, which was completed three years later, is one of the first and still very few films about young Native Americans in the big city. Mackenzie found poetic forms far from any kind of romanticizing stereotypes. His graphic sense for nocturnal Los Angeles, the use of interviews with the actors as the inner monologues of the protagonists, and the soundtrack of the rock and roll band “The Revels” from radios and jukeboxes make The Exiles a masterpiece of great beauty and integrity. Its restoration, thanks to Sherman Alexie and Charles Brunett, closes another gap in the history of independent cinema. For tickets please visit



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