ARMING SISTERS

Willow O'Feral

Director/Producer

Willow O'Feral is a filmmaker, photographer and artist. Most recently her work has appeared in N Magazine, The Boston Globe, the cover story of IMAGINE Magazine, and the book "So Little Time: Words & Images for a World in Climate Crisis." Willow graduated from Marlboro College with a degree in French and Film/Video. Her work experiences include Still Photography on three feature films; lead roles in the Art Department on two feature films; teaching photography courses with the In-Sight Photography Project in Brattleboro VT; and helping lead workshops with the Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Program held on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Willow is from Northern California but now lives in New York. This is her first feature film. To see more of Willow's work, visit www.snippetproductions.com

 


Brad Heck

Director/Producer

Brad Heck is a cinematographer working out of New York City. He studied cinematography at Marlboro College, where he earned a BA with honors in Film and Video Studies. Throughout his career, Brad has worked on commercial and independent projects that have been shown on television and in theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. Some of his feature film experiences include serving as 2nd Unit Director of Photography on Disappearances, a film which was selected to be a part of AFI’s 20/20 Project global film exchange for 2007, Director of Photography on The Voices Project, a musical that was chosen by the National Education Association to receive the 2010 SuAnne Big Crow Memorial Award, and also Director of Photography on Northern Borders as well as Peter & John, the first two feature films of the Movies From Marlboro program directed by Jay Craven. Brad has worked on documentaries spanning in subject matter from PTSD to capitalism. He has been honored by the opportunity to work on projects featuring a diverse selection of visionaries including Barack Obama, Howard Zinn, Tony Blair and Guy Maddin. This is Brad's first feature film. To see more of his work, go to www.bradheckcinema.com

Brad Heck
 


Tantoo Cardinal

Advisory Board Member

Tantoo Cardinal (Cree) is an actor, writer, and activist. She is best known for her roles in Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe, Where The Rivers Flow North, and Smoke Signals. In 2009, she was inducted into the Order of Canada "for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada, as a screen and stage actress, and as a founding member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company". Tantoo has played an active role in protesting the extension of the Keystone Pipeline, and was arrested in 2011 along with dozens of other protesters during a sit-in on Pennslyvania avenue in front of the White House.

 

Brad Heck
 


David Treuer

Advisory Board Member

David Treuer is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through the Land of His People, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual, and The Hiawatha. Treuer is Ojibwe from Leech Lake Reservation, Minnesota. His next novel, Prudence, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. Treuer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the '96 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, The Washington Post, Lucky Peach, The NY Times, The LA Times, and Slate.com among others.

Treuer attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses in Anthropology and Creative Writing. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Treuer divides his time between the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of Literature at USC.

Brad Heck
 


Charles Dye

Advisory Board Member

Charles Dye's previous projects include Indian Relay, which was selected for the 2013-2014 season of Independent Lens and won two regional Emmy awards; Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier through Native Eyes, which had a primetime national broadcast via PBS National Program Service; A Cat Called Elvis about his search for snow leopards in western Mongolia; and Last of the Gum Men about Guatemala's few remaining chicleros. His fiction work includes Commercial, which was selected for over 15 international film festivals and his MFA thesis film, The Curtsy. He currently teaches film production at Virginia Tech.

Brad Heck
 


Bess O'Brien

Advisory Board Member

Bess O’Brien is the director/producer of the documentary films The Hungry Heart, about prescription drug abuse in Vermont, and Ask Us Who We Are, a powerful documentary about foster care in Vermont. She is also the director/producer of the highly acclaimed feature film Shout it Out based on the lives of Vermont teens and the original Voices Project live musical. O’Brien has also produced and directed a number of award-winning documentary films including Journey into Courage about women in the Northern part of Vermont who survived domestic violence and sexual abuse, Where is Stephanie? about the murder of a young girl in Rutland, VT, and Here Today about Vermont families struggling with heroin in their lives. Bess O’Brien co-founded Kingdom County Productions with her husband Jay Craven in 1990.

O’Brien co-produced the feature films Where the Rivers Flow North starring Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal and Michael J. Fox, and A Stranger in the Kingdom starring Ernie Hudson and Martin Sheen.

Brad Heck