Lynn-Wood Fields · Executive Producer
In 2011, Lynn-Wood graduated with her M.F.A. in digital filmmaking from the University of Montana. Her work has since gone on to screen at over 100 ﬁlm festivals worldwide. She edited the award-winning short ﬁlm Honor Song, about a Blackfeet girl who joins the wrestling team, and Montana PBS’s We Sing. Her thesis ﬁlm Lost Birds screened at the Cine Film Festival and toured with the American Indian Film Tribal Touring Film Festival. She is very excited to be producing Perma Red with a truly amazing team of talented filmmakers and artist. It is her life’s dream to make this renowned novel into a series.
Maya Dittloff · Director
Maya Rose Dittloff (Many Pipes Woman) is an enrolled member of the Three Afﬁliated Tribes in North Dakota, but was born and raised in Montana. She received her education from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, with a specialization in Directing. Today she is a current Alumni Scholar and serves as an Ambassador for the School of Theater, Film and Television as well as the American Indian College Fund.
Debra Magpie Earling · Author/Consultant
Debra is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, and is Bitterroot Salish/Flathead. Her second book The Lost Journals of Sacajewea was published in collaboration with the master printer Peter Koch and her novel Perma Red received the American Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association Award, and a Spur Award. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Suzanne Shope · Art Historian/Consultant
Suzanne is a Montana scholar, artist and teacher of Manitoba Metis. She has worked extensively with Salish, Pend d’Oreilles and Nez Perce communities. “I am bringing my respect and knowledge of the protocols needed to bring the communities together offering a collaborative environment honoring the Salish, Pend d”Oreille and mainstream settler cultures. Accuracy, authenticity and respect for the tribal nations are at the forefront of this project.
Jeri Rafter · Producer
Jeri Rafter has worked on feature film and television projects focused in and about Montana. Her latest feature length and Montana-made film project, Daughter of a Lost Bird about Native American adoptees, will remiere on PBS Spring 201. She is also part of the Ted K team, a feature film about the Unabomber starring Sharlto Copley. She produced Bella Vista, which premiered at the 2014 International Rotterdam Film Festival and was also a nominee for the Friedrich Ebert Political Film Prize at Filmfest Hamburg. In 2015 she was invited to be a part of the Sundance Producer’s Lab and participated in the Sundance + Women In Film Female Filmmakers Initiative. Her television producing projects include shows for networks such as Reelz, Fox News, History, HGTV and the Travel Channel. Jeri is a fifth-generation Montanan with an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana.
Ivan MacDonald · Associate Producer
Ivan MacDonald is a Blackfeet and Shoshone filmmaker. He graduated with his Masters in Social Work from the University of Montana and his documentaries focus on social justice for Indigenous communities. He has produced work for the Montana ACLU and has traveled around the country with his sister showcasing their work around missing and murdered Indigenous women. They are currently working on a feature length documentary focusing on this crisis.
Ivy MacDonald · Second Camera Operator
Ivy MacDonald, is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning Montana. She earned her BFA in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Montana in May 2017. She’s currently working on various projects that revolve around the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with her brother Ivan. Their feature length ﬁlm “When The Were Here” ﬁlm will give the voice back to the families as they celebrate their loved one’s life. Ivy wants to focus on Indigenous story telling as a way to heal and decolonize.
Gaaby Patterson · Adaptation Screenwriter
Veyanna Webster · Louise White Elk
Venanna Webster is a 17 year old junior in high school in Ronan, MT. She is Salish Kootenai and Pend Oreille.
She is active in her community for advocating for the awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She is also a star athlete in both basketball and running. She is a talented young women and a voice in her community.
Born and raised in Montana, Lily is of Native American/First Nations heritage, from the Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet), Kainaiwa (Blood) and Niimipoo (Nez Perce) nations. Lily grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, primarily in Browning and East Glacier. In 1997, her family moved to Seattle, WA.
By 2004, Lily returned to Big Sky country to attend the University of Montana. In 2008, Lily graduated with high honors. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an Acting focus, as well as a minor in Native American Studies.
Since graduating from UM, she has worked professionally on stages and screens around the United States.
She is a company member with Living Voices, a touring educational theatre based in Seattle, WA. Lily has also performed with The Montana Rep and Native Voices at the Autry. She is soon to begin work with the inimitable Red Eagle Soaring - a Native American Youth theatre program based in Seattle.
JC Augare · Charlie Kicking Woman
James J.C. Augare was born and raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana and is an enrolled Blackfeet tribal member. He has appeared in several feature ﬁlms and t.v. series’ including Hildago, The Lone Ranger, Magniﬁcent 7, and the t.v. series Comanche Moon. He most recently did stunt work on the ﬁlm 12 Strong and the upcoming Paramount series Yellowstone.