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About the Filmmakers

Phil Lucas
Phil Lucas
Phil Lucas (Choctaw) has written, directed, and produced over 65 cultural, educational, and documentary films and video productions, including the award-winning five-part PBS series called, Images of Indians, which reveals the problem of Indian stereotypes in Hollywood Westerns. He also produced the 3-part series The Honor of All, which documented the amazing story of the Alkali Indian Band and the band's successful alcohol rehabilition program.

Other Native American theme programs include the 5-part Walking with Grandfather, A Voyage of Rediscovery, I'm Not Afraid of Me, and the Emmy-nominated American Indian Dance Theatre: Dances for the New Generations. His most well-known series are Story-tellers of the Pacific and the five-part The Native Americans for Turner Broadcast System.

In 1980, Lucas founded Phil Lucas Productions, Inc. He has been head of the Department of Communication Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and he has taught courses about Native Americans in the films in various colleges and universities.

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Mark Sadan
Mark Sadan
Mark Sadan's still photography has been featured in numerous international photography magazines and displayed in galleries and corporate collections throughout the world. His cinema and video photography has been shown at the New York Film Festival and international film festivals.

He was one of the original producers of the long-running Sesame Street children's program. His teachin includes numerous residencies for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Film and Video Workshop (of which he was a founder) of The Westchester Arts Council, Westchester Art Center, and the Purchase College of the Arts of the State University of New York.

Mark also directed the first film from 1979 "The Works of Jerry Wennstrom" which has been incorporated into the new film, "In the Hands of Alchemy."

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Jim Friedrich
Jim Friedrich
Jim Friedrich shot and directed the 2006 film Studio Dialogue.