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Celebrate Artists of the Twin Cities

February 19, 2020

SPNN is proud to support local artists and their work. Local media-makers will dive more deeply into their journey and experiences in filmmaking. Come learn from amazing local media artists by joining us on the following dates and honor some Twin Cities artists!


Missy Whiteman
Saturday, February 22nd 2-4pm

Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), an Emmy Nominated writer, director, producer and multi media artists. Whiteman understands her work to be a voice for her ancestors and their untold stories of ancient knowledge. Missy is also a cultural consultant with Independent Indigenous Film and Media (IIFM). The production company’s mission is to help educate, empower media self-sufficiency by providing digital media production, video training and visibility for communities, organizations, and youth. RSVP for this talk. 


SPNN Black Film Showcase
Tuesday, February 25th 6-8pm

Join us in celebrating Black History Month and support Black Films in the Twin Cities. We’ll be showcasing 4 to 5 films, showing a scene from the feature length film Black, and have a panel discussion with the filmmakers after. Look forward to seeing Alison Geussou’s Happily Married After, David Buchanan’s BLACK, Leonard Searcy’s BURNER, E.G. Bailey’s New Neighbors, and Toussaint Morrison’s The Van Deusens. 


Leya Hale
Postponed until further notice

Hale is from the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations. She makes her home in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her companion and three children. She works as a Producer for Twin Cities PBS. She is best known for her directorial debut, Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco (2016), winner of the 2017 Upper Midwest Emmy Award for Best Topical Documentary. Her most recent documentary is The People’s Protectors (2019), a Vision Maker Media grant production. Leya was recently selected as the 2020 Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists. Leya continues to work on a variety of local content documentaries in an effort to create social change within Minnesota communities.


Sergio Mata’u Rapu    
Sunday, March 29th, 2-4pm

Rapu is a Native Rapanui (Easter Island) Producer/Director who has spent the last 15 years shooting and producing documentaries that have aired on History Channel, Travel, National Geographic, and PBS. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought-provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.


Kang Vang
Sunday, April 12th 2-4pm

Vang is a Hmong American filmmaker, teacher and community leader. With more than 10 years of experience working in media, he's worked for Asian Media Access, where he developed media education curriculum, as well as at the University of Minnesota.


Support to bring in these artists was provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.